Principles upon which the SAP Mentor magic is built.
Written by tapping into the collective input of the SAP Mentors.
Lead by Example
- Be humble. Be helpful. Show respect and empathy in your dealings with everyone.
- As an SAP Mentor you are expected to be a peer mentor.
You are not better or worse than anyone else. Help people overcome problems by sharing positive examples.
- Be mindful that you are a representative of the SAP Mentors and conduct yourself accordingly.
- Own the right to be the voice of the community by being more active than most.
- Surprise us.
- Don’t take yourself too serious.
- Share the love.
- It's the spark that ignites the people around us.
Constructive in Your Criticisms
- Base your criticism on facts.
- Voice your criticism directly to SAP first.
- Share it with other SAP Mentors in the private space.
You will gain new insights and your case will be stronger.
- Give SAP the chance to react.
- Afterwards you owe it to the community to voice it publicly.
- Criticism ideally comes with a suggestion for a practical solution.
No Culture of Entitlement
- As an SAP Mentor you are entitled to nothing from SAP - not even a shirt.
- As an SAP Mentor you are entitled to nothing from anyone who is not SAP.
- Be aware that Mark Finnern begs, borrows and steals each year just to get complimentary entry to SAP TechEd.
These tickets are not a right, they are a gift. And just because you got the gift last year does not mean you will get it next year.
- Be aware that SAP execs meet with us because they see value and want to - not because they have to.
Show respect by being there and be present.
- You are the voice of the community. Be active to know what it is.
- Get out and talk to people!
- Share experiences with all.
- Respect opinion of all.
- Make the whole greater than the sum of the parts.
- All public SAP Mentor events gain from the inclusion of non SAP Mentors.
SAP Mentors who are SAP Employees
- You are the link of all SAP Mentors in your field into SAP.
- Make that link and their voice come alive within SAP and beyond.
* Picture by Ali Samieivafa