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SAP Mentor Magic Foundation

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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.


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