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Author's profile photo Stephen Millard

A Month on the SCN Home Page

mom shirt.pngWell January’s almost over and it’s the twilight of my days as SCN Member of the Month.  So it seemed to be a good time to reflect on my time in the spotlight so to speak.

First of all I was amazed and hugely flattered to be chosen as a member of the month.  Having followed the initiative since it started I was a little confused as to why such a newbie as myself had been selected, but during the course of my interview with Laure Cetin I gradually came to accept it more though I didn’t let on to anyone until I saw the SCN home page Member of the Month widget updated with my own eyes.

From that point on I was pleasantly surprised that so many people took the time to say something positive by leaving a comment on the interview post, a remark on Twitter and in some cases even e-mailing me directly.  In fact most surprising was that I received some e-mails asking me for advice on how to get ahead in SAP – this mantle of SCN Member of the Month seems to come with some responsibility!

I found it quite hard to respond to these e-mails as I don’t think I’m particularly ahead in most respects within the SAP eco system.  Whilst I’ve a fair few years under my belt working in the IT industry I’m not even a year and a half into my SAP career and am in effect a fairly junior consultant.  Hopefully my responses have given these individuals some ideas and goals to push for; maybe even a little inspiration 🙂

The prominent exposure on SCN was thankfully well received in my organisation – it did briefly cross my mind they might infer I was spending too much time on SCN.  I believe my line manager and chief executive were particularly pleased as they have both been really supportive in terms of my contribution to the community through my efforts on the discussion boards (notably the “SAP Organizational Visualization by Nakisa and SAP Talent Visualization by Nakisa” space) and my blog posts.  I hope this will inspire some of my colleagues to contribute a little more to the community.

From a personal point of view it’s certainly given me a shot of extra confidence.  Being selected from such a large community was a great start and then added to that I also gained a number of new followers on SCN, Twitter, Google+ and even a new connection or two on LinkedIn.  So thank you to everyone who has followed me.  It also encouraged me to get a few more of my languishing blog posts finished off and out onto SCN 😉

So what’s next?  Well given my success so far I guess I’ll continue doing the same … or rather more of the same and hopefully getting better each time.  I really want to improve the quality and value of my discourse which I think will come with more experience (both on SCN and in my consulting work).  Perhaps I’ll even give some inspiration to a future SCN member of the month?  Who knows?

So good luck to all those future SCN members of the month.  I look forward to reading your stories and for the inspiration you’ll undoubtedly provide.

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      Author's profile photo Susan Keohan
      Susan Keohan

      Hello Stephen,

      I was one of the folks who congratulated you when you become MOM, and it's good to see a wrap-up of what this honor meant to you.  I'd like to congratulate your management on understanding the positive impact your blogging and discussion space work will have too.

      Although I know next to nothing Nakisa-related, I do read your blogs because they are very well written and I always hope to pick up a pearl of wisdom. 
      Q:  How many LinkedIn Endorsements did you pick up?  🙂


      Author's profile photo Stephen Millard
      Stephen Millard
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Susan.

      Glad your enjoying my writing.  I hope I continue to deliver.

      I haven't received any LinkedIn endorsements as a direct result of my SCN activity, but a couple of people did get in touch about connecting.



      Author's profile photo Jeanne Carboni
      Jeanne Carboni

      Hi Stephen,

      It's nice to see that someone who is in the early stages of his SAP career can take advantage of the opportunities SCN provides to build a strong reputation.  That, combined with your willingness to contribute high quality, helpful content are the things that will continue to make you successful.

      Thanks for being so active in the community!


      Author's profile photo Tom Van Doorslaer
      Tom Van Doorslaer

      Hi Stephen,

      It's a nice idea of you to write down your experience as a MoM. I had very similar feelings when Laure called in December. My first thought was: "Who? Me? naaaaah get outta here!"

      My second thought was: "Uh-oh, how will they react at work?"

      Turned out that they were actually very proud that someone from their ranks was picked.

      Come to think of it, it's not only a personal recognition, but in a way, it's also a recognition to the company you work for. The fact that an employee receives such an honour, is an indication that the company he/she works for, nurtures a culture of learning, sharing and openness.

      So to future MoM's: "Don't worry, just enjoy every second of it"

      Author's profile photo Laure Cetin
      Laure Cetin

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experience about being a Member of the Month, Stephen! It's nice to see in writing what changes this brought to you, your career, your reputation on SCN and outside SCN in the broader SAP world. We all look forward to reading more from you!