I have three main areas of focus: safety, people and technology.
I have three main areas of focus: Safety, People and Technology. Safety is first. I need to make sure that everything I do and my team does is safe. I spend time proactively identifying and addressing potential safety risks, such as 1. monthly lab inspections, 2. having an annual Safety Commitment Day and 3. maintaining an active safety Top 5 Priorities list.
From a people perspective, I focus on having an actively engaged, innovative and diverse team that feels empowered to make a difference every day. I meet with my management team regularly to make sure we are recognizing appropriate contributions and I also talk directly with employees to discuss their career development. I ensure they have an opportunity to showcase their contributions and that they have the appropriate resources to accomplish their goals. Additionally, I am involved in interviewing potential new team members. Having a strong team is what makes us successful.
From a technology perspective, I spend a significant amount of
time developing and implementing strategic plans supporting
Praxair’s growth. We have team meetings where we discuss new
technologies that can help solve customer needs, determining the
best ways to manage risk and assessing progress/prioritizing
resources to ensure we meet our commitments. I also spend time with
our customers making sure that the solutions we are developing will
meet/exceed their requirements. I also work with “joint
development” partners to ensure our developments are on
track. I communicate technical challenges we face to
project stakeholders and look to give them confidence that we are
on the right path to address them. I also work with other parts of
our organization to ensure they are prepared to commercialize new
technology once it has been proven out. I keep my eyes open to
developing new technologies and keep our pipeline full through
patent reviews, technology announcements, employee ideas, external
technology reviews, and customer/vendor visits. Every day is
different, and in the end, I get to interact with many smart people
and make a positive contribution to Praxair and our