• Low-tide revelations: why low oil prices are not helping the economy this time around

    A couple of recent articles in the New York Times attracted my attention, particularly given the base business of my former employer, Occidental Petroleum.  “Oil Patch Deals With New Threat: Rising DebtR...
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  • Bill Says...Watch out for the home field advantage (especially when you're the opposing team)

    An article in the New York Times last week caught my eye.  It described recent actions by the China State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC), which is basically the antitrust arm of the government. L...
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  • Industry Voices: 2015 Year in Review

    For the past year, the Industry Voices blog has brought you articles for and by members working in the chemistry-related industries.  Each week our writers have tackled a new subject, from tips for the workplace ...
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  • Bill Says...Taking it to the next level

    I retired from Occidental Chemical on September 15, after 36 years with the company.   I made this decision of my own free will.  I decided that if I were going to start something else, age 63 is not a limi...
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  • Bill & Henry Say…Professionalism is about Adaptability and Growth

    At the ACS meeting in Boston, I was honored to be asked to speak at a symposium commemorating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Henry A. Hill.  In 1977, Dr. Hill was the first African-American ACS Preside...
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  • Bill says…: If you don’t fail, you aren’t trying

    I’d like to stay with the idea of career transitions.  By 1989, I’d had a good ten year career.  After Oxy acquired Firestone, I outlasted a competitor as Research Manager and was appointed Direc...
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  • Bill says..: One more blog post aimed at people of a certain age.

    Last week when I was deeply behind schedule on something, and thinking that everything around me was moving way too fast, I took a moment to daydream about the times early in my career when it seemed like I had things...
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  • Bill Says...: An Introduction and My First Mentor

    I realize I’m not going to get a lot of pity, but starting a blog is just tough.  In the old days, we used to say that getting started meant you just sit over the typewriter until droplets of blood form on ...
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  • Bill says...: When you come to the fork in the road….

    Sometimes when I’m doing career counseling, the topic turns to non-traditional jobs in chemistry, and students are interested in what they are and how you might get one.  I think many people know I’m ...
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