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Woo-Hoo!  I am a new mentor.   Very cool.  I can not believe it —  me.  Why me?  I am so…

I could gush all day.  But what is a mentor?  Do I know what an SAP mentor is?  Do you?

Today – I get to introduce myself as a new mentor.  If you want, stop by and watch the Welcome New SAP Mentors Fall 2010.  There are a lot of people – more interesting than me – who will be introduced today.  It should be interesting to watch.  You will get to learn about this new people.  

Of course, thinking about what I am going to say about myself, made me think about what an SAP Mentor is.  That led to thinking about what SCN is used for.  So I thought I would blog about what I think of when I think about SCN.  Yes – I made a very low tech video on the top reasons SAP is such a good place to visit.  Others made videos as well.  But it really just answers a couple of questions.  (Be kind my video was made with a camera phone.  I was having technical difficulties, and it was the first video I have ever posted anywhere on the net.)

Anyway – what is SCN to me?   It makes me think of the old days.  When there were communities of people helping each other.  Someone needed a new barn and everyone would help.  It would not be because of fame of fortune.  It would be because someone in the community had a problem.

What does that have to do with SCN?  Take a look at the table.

 Barn Raising   SCN
 Help raise a barn  Help create solutions
 Offer advise to others  E-learning, blogs
 Brings together the community  Everything SCN brings together the SAP Community
Communication between members of the community  Forums, events, and more
 Food and Drink  SCN events!!

Now take a second and think of the world as a whole.  Our community spans different nations, different religions – gasp, and different morals.  Our community works.   When someone has a question, he/she can ask it and receive answers.  The people who answer have different motivators.  But there are people who look at the questions and answer it when they can.

There are people who take the time to blog.  Maybe about something that is technical, maybe about something a little “off the wall” like this.   And there are people who read what we write.   Who ask the questions.  Who help bring us together as a community.

Who says the days when people help each other are over?  Not me.  I go to someplace like SCN, and find that people still help each other.  And this community extends all over the world.  How amazing is that?

Yes, the music is playing in the background.  GO SCN!   But I really do believe what I am writing.  I am not trying to be “SAPPY”.  Sorry I couldn’t resist that.

So back to me – I am glad o be a mentor because this community is a community.  And because it does a good things. 

By the way – I can’t resist – if you are headed to Teched or if you are not going to be there, still take some time, stop, and look at innovation weekend.    There are many different business casses.  Once we are finished developing solutions, they will be provided to non-profit organizations.  This is yet another way to build that barn. 

So what was this Blog about?  SCN or new mentors?  I think a little of both.  I couldn’t think about being a new mentor without thinking about SCN.

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  1. Marilyn Pratt
    Being a collaborative community member most certainly is something I’d like to celebrate in you and others here.  And of course if anyone clicks your link to Innovation Weekend they will see one of the examples of what kind of collaborative person you are.  While I don’t really know the secrets of “what it takes to be a mentor” and I applaud your reaching that special recognition, I do know what it takes to be an active member of this community, SCN.  It takes participation, commitment, and generosity of spirit, and often innordinate amounts of time.  You have given those all (as do so many folks here on SCN, with or without that elusive/exclusive orange ball next to their names). So welcome to the mentor clan and a special thanks for what you DO for community.  The two are not necessarily synonymous is what I gather.  But each cause for celebration in their own right.
    (this despite your video that shows SCN as a means to spending LESS time on the computer LOL)
    1. Former Member Post author
      Thank you!

      Less time at the computer.  I always try to do that.  Sometimes it even works!

      But I am curious as to everyone else…  What would you want an SAP Mentor to do?    Any answers are welcome.  Of course, it doen’t mean I’ll do it.  Just that I’ll take the time and read the answers.

      By the way – I’ll be at Teched in Las Vegas.  If you see me – stop and say hi.  I probably will not approach very many people.  I’m shy.  🙂

  2. Otto Gold
    Hello Michelle,
    it feels like your lemon brough you a lot of new energy and enthusiasm. That is so great! Keep going, you´re doing just great. I am looking forward to see some more blogs like:
    a) what I plan to do (where to go)
    b) what are the steps (how to get there)
    c) how is the journey
    d) lesson learnt, value achieved
    Sorry for suggesting so many details, but this is the way I think and wanted to share:))
    Goog luck with you lemonship:))
    Cheers Otto
    1. Former Member Post author
      Hey Otto,

      Just saw this comment.  It got lost in junk mail.  Not the comment – just the notification of the comment.

      Thank you for the suggestions!  I will keep writting.  Of course, that means you have a list of blogs for yourself to write too.  (My suggestion gets to be ditto or +1 back at you.  It is a good list.)



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