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SAPPHIRENOW and ASUG Annual Conference are shaping up to be a must-attend event. Let me give you another reason to register today, besides the informative and innovative programming about SAP products planned for attendees.

I am pleased to share that General Colin Powell will be in Orlando at the ASUG General Session. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear General Powell speak at the ASUG general session on the subject of Leadership:  Taking Charge. This sounds like a highly motivational message for all of us as we seek to move beyond the day-to-day challenges of our work to think about the broader issues of behaving like a leader, no matter what the task is. Moving through our recession to a more positive business outlook, it’s time to get motivated by someone who has moved through tremendous challenges in his life.

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Here’s a bit of background on General Powell (General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.) and Secretary of State (2001-2005), in case you need a reminder of some of his achievements:

“When General Powell was sworn into office as the 65th Secretary of State, he brought with him extensive leadership experience. Before becoming Secretary of State, Powell served as a key aide to the Secretary of Defense and as National Security Advisor to President Reagan.

A fervent advocate of democratic values, Powell led the State Department in major efforts to solve regional and civil conflicts, and used the power of diplomacy to build trust and forge alliances.

Powell is also the author of My American Journey, his best-selling autobiography. “

The SAP Community Network team is looking forward to connecting with you in person at Orlando and Frankfurt. I encourage you to connect with #SAPPHIRENOW on Twitter to hear the pre event buzz. 

Find the event’s Twitter and Facebook pages with these links.

Lastly, here are the links to register for Orlando or Frankfurt.   

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  1. Anton Wenzelhuemer
    ..Gen Colin Powell is also the historical person, who addressed a plenary session of the United Nations Security Council  on February 5, 2003 to argue in favor of military action against Iraq using materials like a quiet obviously faulty intelligence report as well as parts of a grad student’s essay.
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  2. Gail Moody-Byrd Post author
    As you know, many people follow their careers in politics or business with a series of speaking engagements on the nature of leadership, philosophies about life and work, or other generally applicable topics. I am certain this is the spirit in which General Powell was invited to speak at this event. Another way to view this is that its sometimes good to step away from the specifics of work (e.g. ABAP) and get a broader, seasoned perspective. This is what I look forward to in his talk. But I do appreciate the views expressed here and respect your right to express them. This is the nature of our community and why I am glad to be a part of it.
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  3. Mark Yolton
    Gail:

    It’s exciting that General Powell will speak at SAPPHIRE / ASUG Annual Conference just one month from now.  He may not know ABAP, but he knows leadership and is quite accomplished in that regard.  (I’m glad he won’t speak about politics, but will speak about how to be an effective leader.)  I actually have a presentation of his saved for several years (I think Marco ten Vaanholt might have sent it to me originally?) which covers the points outlined here: http://govleaders.org/powell.htm  Maybe General Powell will speak to some of these observations and beliefs which he holds as a result of his career.  I’m looking forward to hearing his views on this topic.

    Regards,
    Mark Yolton

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  4. Kimberly Woods
    I agree that this should be a politics-free zone, however I’m open to hearing Col. Powell’s thoughts on leadership. Although his experience may not be within the SAP realm persay, discussing the fundamentals of leadership should prove useful in this forum.
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