I’ve got a community and you’re awesome
So, it turns out that even when you fail; learn a lesson; redefine success; tell everyone about that lesson; you can (amazingly) become successful with the original goal. Try putting that as an inspirational meme! Rather than edit the title of my original blog this story is a worthy of its own.
For those who are unaware of my original blog: in a nutshell Sue and I wanted to bring a goat to SAP TechEd. We thought we’d covered all eventualities and it wouldn’t be that difficult to achieve until we got to the stage of asking for permission. We were thanked for our creativity and advised that we should avoid turning “#wherethecool****happens into #wherethegoat****happens” (replace **** with a 4 letter word that begins with an S, ends with a T and happens to say HI in the middle). I must admit that having a newborn that the thought of dealing with the Goat version of the **** didn’t even cross my mind as a consideration. But hey, I do appreciate we hadn’t thought of the health & safety impacts – one of many reasons we should leave event planning to the experts.
In being told no, it did motivate me to write that blog. I had fun – as did many others – to reminisce about the goat. I started to receive feedback from people about how the thought of the goat brought a smile to their face. The blog helped cement what I value most about our community. And that you, my dear readers are you. You are the people who make community. For me our community has meant that:
- I became a SAP Mentor and have expanded my knowledge through this network of truly inspiring people;
- I am recognised as a product expert and receive frequent work and business opportunities;
- I work with other experts who I met via the community (we met through the community living on opposite sides of the world and today we were sitting face to face in the office);
- I passed my certification through testing my knowledge by answering community questions;
- I have been beneficiary of the kindness and compassion of this community during the lowest part of my life and they helped me bounce back;
- I can resolve work issues faster by searching the community for the answer;
- I have access to a variety of information and the only cost is my time to consume the content;
- I have a place in Coffee Corner to channel my procrastination efforts into;
- I interact with people from all different walks of life who I may never have crossed paths with – many who I now consider friends and part of my global family;
- I am valued and appreciated as a member of this community; and finally
- I am a goat herder of the community goat.
Yep, the final line: we now have an official community goat. And this goat is making an appearance at SAP TechEd. This announcement was made as a comment in my original blog and since then I’ve been welcomed to the inner sanctum of goat planning as a self-titled unofficial official community goat herder.
First up, our goat needed a name. As much as Hannna was fun it was decided it wouldn’t be the right fit. Think about it – no one could agree on the number of Ns for its spelling. And SAP has already tried to put HANA in front of enough products. Long live Hannna but it was time for a new goat to take on the title of ‘Community Goat’. In taking inspiration from SAP’s love of all things Italian (think Fiori & Leonardo) the goat is now known as Capra. We really are that simple when it comes to originality: Our Community Goat is aptly called Goat.
Next up, is Capra’s participation. As a trusted goat herder I can announce that Capra will be at SAP TechEd as well as online participation. There will be goat games. Like the #catchamentor of the past, there will be goat spotting where you need to obtain a photo with Capra and post to Twitter or to this community blog under the #goatspotting. There will be Community giveaways. More details will follow closer to SAP TechEd. What happens in Vegas won’t stay in Vegas (Capra’s journey will continue).
Finally, it’s time to introduce Capra. As mentioned at the beginning of this blog, I did succeed with the original goal. It’s just like most things in life, I had to adapt and accept change. My actual goal was never to bring a goat to SAP TechEd. It was to bring the community together. And the goat was a conduit for this.
So, without further waffle and tangents: meet Capra the Community Goat:
Again, Capra will be making an appearance at SAP TechEd and will be escorted by official goat herders (we don’t want Capra to miss the plane to the other Events). More announcements will follow from the community team.
In the meantime, there are some goat herders who have been managing Capra’s Unofficial Twitter Account – @community_goat. They have been sifting through the community announcements to share interesting blogs, questions and plenty of goat pics. This account will help track Capra’s journey and provide hints for #goatspotting at SAP TechEd.
And with this announcement, I sign off.
Thank you for accepting me as a member of this community. I hope you all enjoy getting to know and follow Capra’s antics. It all started with Sue writing a status update telling us ‘I’ve got a goat and he’s awesome’. Now Capra has a community and you’re awesome.
#goatherder for Capra the @community_goat
I am really looking forward to meeting Capra in Las Vegas (and the goatherder too!).
There will be multiple goat herders 🙂
Sadly this one won't be there in person as I've got my own little human to herd. Hoping to be there next year (though 2 years ago I wrote a blog about going next year so I won't hold my breath). I will be there in the online world of SAP TechEd. I hope to be #goatspotting from afar.
This is getting better by the minute^^. Look at you goat!
*start to read*
*finish to read*
Capra is wonderful and cute!
Do you know Capra is Goat in italian, right? 😀
In taking inspiration from SAP’s love of all things Italian (think Fiori & Leonardo) the goat is now known as Capra. We really are that simple when it comes to originality: Our Community Goat is aptly called Goat.
Method in the goat's name madness 😉
Glad you got to have a laugh
or a very naughty girl in my region in Italy 🙂
Goes to show Google Translate has room for improvement when it comes to regional dialects and/or slang.
We debate whether Capra is male or female. Regardless, Capra is blushing now
Capra is female name so... she's female for sure.
Or it should be Caprone for male 🙂
I suspected that was the case 🙂 love getting to learn from community!
The Coffee Corner could storm the Idea Space / Customer Influence Site and suggest to replace the spinning Flower in Fiori UX Guideline by a spinning goat.
Alternatively: Fiori 2.0 is now deprecated/legacy. Successor is Capra 1.0 --> how. 'bout. that?
the true marketing win will be when sales people start tweeting or referencing Capra as a product
Colleen, this is brilliant! And not just how you adapted the goat idea to realize an achievable goal of bringing Capra to TechEd (and all three! Wow! Capra will be a globe-spanning goat), but more importantly how you remind us all of the value of community, how this little project of ours is more than just a question-and-answer or blogging platform, and how we are collectively more than just the sum of individuals.
Thanks Matt. I continue to hold hope the platform will improve but at the end of the day, without the people there is little point. I've chosen to focus on the people of our community at the moment and rebuild those connections
Who would ever have thought Sue explaining the difference between a status update and a question would get us to Capra today?
By the way, love how well you summarise the overall point. Reminds me what a writer you are and wondering when that book will be completed?
I have trouble finding time for a blog post, let alone anything else. I swear, I have so many started then abandoned projects...
Recently I had something of a setback at work, which has caused a lot of introspection, and has me thinking maybe I should stop expending so much energy for an employer who doesn't seem to appreciate it. Just call it a "job" and focus my off-work hours on my own projects instead, i.e. getting back in the swing of writing. I'm considering joining a local writing group so that there would be people who regularly expect updates and hold my feet to the fire. Of course, then I think "Who needs that kind of pressure?????" 😉
That's the spirit, Matt! I came to the same realization some time ago. "You are doing a great job but we have to lower your performance score because we have no money for bonuses" doesn't exactly inspire one to go above and beyond the basic job description. I'd rather answer an ABAP question on SCN, at least might get a thank-you.
Well, public sector doesn’t exactly have bonuses anyway, and while we do have annual performance reviews, they have zero impact on anything: you can neither get a raise from one, nor be fired from one. It’s just bureaucratic nonsense that wastes everyone’s time, especially the managers, and ultimately ends up filed away in some box in a closet in HR, never to be looked at again. I have long lobbied for just doing away with them entirely, and pointed to lots of industry research supporting this idea, but nope.
Actually being told that you’re getting a lower score so they can avoid having to pay a bonus would definitely be a motivating factor… it would motivate one to seek another job! Oh wait, isn’t that what you’re doing?
The assumptions in public sector would be that you move up the ladder. Problem with tech jobs is the only way to move up is to down tools or step out of your speciality and move to management
Wow, I’m really impressed: Just a few days ago, Jerry starts a discussion about the books we are currently reading, and now it has already increased to “So what book are you currently writing?”
Such a great creative space!
Don't be so impressed just yet! Currently this is still vaporware.
Just two days ago your friend Alaina told me she was dead jealous that you had an SAP Mentor Teddy Bear.
Now you have a Goat as well.
I look forward to meeting the Goat in Las Vegas, as well as acting the Goat, something I do all the time.
Maybe it can take the floor at the "networking" (drinking) event and become lead singer when the SAP Mentor band play "Kids in America"
oh Paul with creativity like that you might be recruited as a fellow goat herder. I suspect the goat will be at the networking event... just hopes it survives 🙂
Has Alaina asked you where she can get a SAP Mentors Teddy from? In fairness, the teddy belongs to my son and not me.
Utter cuteness! I've always been saying we need more stuffed animals at TechEd. Yes!
Udder cuteness? ...
I've been informed the correct term is "totes adorbs". 🙂
I can't believe what path this took. Awesome, just awesome! I wish I could meet Capra. *_*
Well if you join twitter you can join in. Jelena finally succumbed
Resistance is futile...