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Empowering Transformative Outcomes Through Continuous Learning
Staying on the cutting-edge during times of change is more important than ever. One of the keys to success is the lifelong pursuit of knowledge and learning.
As business, technology, and user experiences change, there are a wide range of ways to continually refresh existing skills, acquire new ones, and evolve new ways to think about business and IT challenges.
To reflect on how to take advantage of SAP and SAP Community learning resources, Max Wessel, EVP & Chief Learning Officer at SAP, caught up with Tammy Powlas, Senior Business Analyst at Fairfax Water and SAP Mentor, to discuss what role learning has played in her life, and how she has furthered her knowledge through the SAP Community.
During their session they discussed:
- Enabling learning, whether experiential on the job, or formal learning to help one progress in their career.
- Adapting to many changes given the realities of the last year to address digital transformation and embrace the importance of continuous learning.
- Pressing one’s skills; pushing forward to take expertise to the next level.
- Turning to the SAP community to get inspired and engage in peer-to-peer learning.
- Assessing RISE with SAP and how members of the SAP Community can keep their digital transformation initiatives moving forward.
As Max shared during the session, “When driving transformation, the more value we bring to the table, the more guidance we can deliver that helps people step forward, the better it is for all of us.”
SAP and the SAP Community provide many learning resources to support building knowledge, driving innovation, and staying agile.
How do you learn? Let us know in the comments below!
From Now to the Year 2030 – SAP Jam Collaboration Will Play an Important Role With SAP Leonardo and the Digital Revolution
The recent SAP Executive Summit 2017 in Italy, the home of Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, shared insights on the “4th industrial revolution” to remind us that we can learn from each new wave of progress and change.
Bill McDermott, SAP, CEO, referenced in his keynote at Sapphire NOW the “fourth industrial revolution and an incredible opportunity for companies to re-imagine themselves in this digital age.”
And now with the overwhelming success of Leonardo Live in Frankfurt Germany there is an opportunity to further understand digital innovation and leading-edge solutions with customers, partners, and experts from around the globe.
As we consider the historic and future trends related to the cloud and digital transformation, one of the leading common denominator grows in importance: collaboration.
The Industrial Revolution – A Look Back & Forward
Upon hearing and reviewing these presentations, keynotes, and events, I decided to research the previous industrial revolutions and consider the role of collaboration in respect to connecting people, processes, and technology.
- The first industrial revolution saw the growth of steam power, coal, iron, railroads and textiles
- The second one involved mass production advancements in industry, technology, energy, electricity, petroleum, steel, agriculture, manufacturing and transportation
- The third realized information technology, new energy, and renewable electricity
- Now the fourth is the digital revolution
Collaboration played an important part in each of these industrial revolutions. And now we look forward to the digital age before us and the next big wave of opportunity: SAP Leonardo.
For SAP Leonardo solutions to work at their optimum level there will be many business and IT considerations including a key universal theme = collaboration. Whether addressing all or one of the following: Internet of Things (IOT), Machine Learning, Blockchain, Analytics, Big Data, SAP Cloud Platform, Digital Supply Chain, Leonardo Bridge, and Design Thinking — they all work best when people team together.
Collaboration – A View from the Top
Perhaps Hasso Plattner, SAP co-founder and Chairman of the Supervisory Board said it best, “Simplicity, Speed, Collaboration, Security Drive – The Intelligent Future.” During Sapphire NOW he shared a key message about “tapping into the collective intelligence of workers” (Proof point: watch the first 20 seconds of this video, see the orange arrow below where he identified SAP Jam).
SAP Jam Collaboration Plays a Central Role
SAP will continue to invest in SAP Jam as a central component of the digital modular suit. As the value map and roadmap continue to evolve, SAP Jam will play a unique role to enable SAP Leonardo and Digital Transformation. SAP’s Modular Suite highlights the importance of collaboration, SAP Jam Collaboration.
Collaboration has a Purpose & Unique Place in the Digital Age
It all makes perfect sense. Digital Transformation for business and IT requires collaboration to harness the intellect of the entire workforce. Where there is collaboration, individual and group intelligence can be realized to accelerate revenues, growth, value, learning, productivity, and success.
Jobs and successful outcomes, between now, 2030 and beyond, depend on collaboration to address and stay ahead of the rapidly changing marketplace.
Where there is innovation…
When a team redefines a business challenge or opportunity. As SAP and third-party apps and data are used to turn ideas into action. Where rollouts go from pilot programs to scale across the enterprise.
From disparate silos to holistic central hubs of knowledge.
To turn a vision into reality. For the early adopters, business colleagues and lines of business, both internal and external to the organization, who are empowered to transform the business.
For community building.
To gain the competitive advantage.
To accelerate initiatives and create win-wins.
The best bet, both now and as we go to 2030 and beyond, is SAP, SAP Leonardo and for collaboration: SAP Jam.
Useful Links / References
- Hasso Plattner: Simplicity, Speed, Collaboration, Security Drive “The Intelligent Future”
- Join the SAP Leonardo iFG Community
- SAP Leonardo and The Digital Renaissance
- Video: Running a Live Business with the SAP Digital Boardroom: Hasso Plattner at SAPPHIRE NOW 2017
- SAP CEO Bill McDermott: “Empathy to Action Is a Race Without a Finish Line”
- What’s New in SAP Cloud Platform Integration – Update from the Labs Q1/2017
About the Author
Richard D. Blumberg is a SAP Jam Practice leader who works with both SAP and SAP Services. He is the President of World Sales Solutions, LLC (WSS) (www.WorldSalesSolutions.com) providing 29+ years of thought leadership on a variety of “View from the Top” strategies including: Enterprise Social Business, Go-to-Market Strategies, Business Development, Talent Development, and Community Building. He and his team are recognized SAP Jam global experts for implementations, innovation, and adoption.
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A few quotes on Community Service…
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
– Winston Churchill
“If you knew what I know about the power of giving, you would not let a single meal pass without sharing it in some way.” – Buddha
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
– Mahatma Ghandi
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead
“Love cannot remain by itself — it has no meaning. Love has to be put into action and that action is service.”
– Mother Teresa
“I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.”
– Maya Angelou
View from the Top: Bill McDermott shares his success secrets at a #fireside chat!
“In the end, it’s the customer and the customer alone that determines if we have a job
“You need to constantly be innovating for the future, while you’re executing for the present
…the best leaders understand that!”
“You all can make a difference, the young generation coming out of the universities and coming into the workforce. You see things we don’t see, your ideas are unique, you understand where the world is going, you understand social. You get all that, and I think that’s such an unbelievable opportunity to help the economy, create innovation, create jobs, and push things forward.”
—Quotes from Bill McDermott, co-CEO of SAP AG
Learning from Top Leaders
The “View from the Top” Fireside Chat with Bill McDermott, co-CEO of SAP and Drexel University’s President John Fry on November 1 was an amazing opportunity to learn from two top leaders who have a lot in common with each other. Both are visionaries who provide transformational leadership to large organizations and most importantly they both value helping the community.
The topics included themes such as jobs, trends, and leadership which are of interest to students, alumni, professors, and professionals both in the audience and around the globe far beyond the “375” who attended in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Sacramento, California (USA) (via a live video feed) along with 30-40 who were turned away due to the auditorium’s capacity!
A Students Reflection – Now and Years Later
Everyone who attended benefited including:
- Students who are looking for their job upon graduation
- Alumni who are successful and want to take their career to the next level
- Professors and lecturers who teach SAP-related courses and/or want to position their students for a competitive marketplace
- Recent graduates who have their first job and want to navigate to achieve success within their organization and with customers
- Employees and professionals who want to learn about the recipes for success!
The bottom-line is that in my case, I can remember… a time when I was a student (back in the day!)… when I was (& still am) hungry to receive wisdom, knowledge and lessons learned from top executives, leaders, and experts. Often it can be hard to come by. The opportunity to learn from these leaders was an amazing opportunity!
So What are the Takeaways?
All of us are on a journey! From our early school days to now we are all the product of our decisions. Learning from top leaders can provide us insights on how to be successful. We can learn… What worked for them? How can we apply it to our own situations? What big or small idea can help us to save time and accelerate our careers and ultimately win!?
The topics shared included:
- Jobs – Competing to jumpstart your career
- Trends – Identifying global opportunities in the marketplace including China and beyond
- Leadership – Sharing lessons learned and best practices
But there’s an even a greater reason why this event was memorable and worth watching on the video… and that’s the stories…
Bill McDermott provided masterful insights by telling us everyday stories that he experienced from his first business owning a deli (and a few video games!) at age 17 to his first job upon graduation at Xerox and how he conducted his business as a Xerox “Marketing Representative” on the streets of New York City selling door-to-door. While he did share insights on SAP including the value of the SAP University Alliances Program which were phenominal, a lot of his discussion was down-to-earth vignettes which we can all relate to in our everyday work, lives, and plans for the future.
President John Fry did a wonderful job of providing his insights including a very strategic Innovation Neighborhood planned as the gateway from 30th Street (a top East Coast transportation hub in the United States) to Drexel’s campus in West Philadelphia (& University City).
In addition, he ensured that the flow of the Fireside Chat provided the maximum value for the audience..
The knowledge shared will help and inspire students, alumni, professors/lecturers, and professionals from around the globe who are the “current” and “future” business and IT leaders!
The opportunity to have a front row seat, to hear the video, and review the recap on the Business Innovation site will provide inspiration to all who take the time to learn more!
In my case, having watched this event live from the front row; I can truly say that listening to the video the second time around is even more inspirational: I’m looking forward to sharing it with my team as well as hearing it a few more times!
The blog below is inspired by a recent “Business Community Leadership Forum “How to make a difference in one hour or less!” with Manna on Main Street, a food pantry, soup kitchen, and emergency financial aid provider, which took place on Tuesday, June 19th, 2012 in Lansdale, PA as well as many years of working with inspired community leaders and volunteers.
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Leadership Role Models
Entertainment, celebrity and business stars like Bono, Oprah, Jon Bon Jovi, Nelson Mandela, Bill & Melinda Gates, and Lady Gaga give generously to important causes. Each of them inspire change by empowering individuals and communities to help others and give back.
When you assess each of their attributes as well as the characteristics of other business and community leaders one core tenant that often stands out is that they associate themselves with non-profit organizations, charities (including their own foundations), and social issues by contributing their time, money, resources, and energy to help make a difference.
At a recent Global Youth Leadership Summit, Tony Robbins, entrepreneur, author and peak performance strategist, shared the following wisdom,
“Leaders inspire themselves and others to do, be, give, and become more than they ever thought possible, thereby creating more leaders in the process. When faced with challenges, leaders defy the odds, set a new standard, and step up and create the future as they see it.”
While there are many individuals in our communities who give generously there are many who, rightfully so, express that they are “too busy” with work, families, and existing obligations to support that one extra cause.
How can being too busy obscure change around social issues? What happens if those who are capable, interested, and talented are too busy to help worthy causes?
As business leaders we are familiar with the Pareto Principle (also known as the 80–20 rule, the law of the vital few) named after the economist Vilfredo Pareto which states that, for many activities, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.
So it’s true, we need to encourage the 20% who can contribute in order to effect the 80% of change we would like to see happen.
When business leaders, volunteers, and community members, who represent a vital part of the 20%, are too busy then the changes we seek will slow down or not happen at all. As a result, we want to support enough individuals and organizations to contribute to the change so that worthwhile causes will take place — and those who need help will get more of it.
Perhaps we should accept the status quo? Or perhaps there’s a way to enable small amounts of time so that more colleagues can extend themselves just a little bit more and feel good about it.
The One Hour Difference
For those of us looking for a solution of creating change let us suggest the “one hour” principal which states that if you can find a way to give just one hour in a week or month of your time that good things will come of it.
Or in others words, as Mahatma Gandhi said, “We must be the change we want to see in the world.” And for that to happen we must find the time to do it.
So whether you are a current or emerging business leader or an every day worker or community member what is the benefit of giving an extra hour or your time? A few considerations include:
- Building your network
- Cultivating skills and empowerment beyond one’s current job or role
- Increasing visibility and influence in society as an individual and as part of an organization
- Helping to support a community cause one small step at a time
- Passing a small amount of your time forward without asking for anything in return
Now keep in mind, there’s more to this principal then one hour. If you attend a meeting, event, or activity it will likely take more then one hour but the idea is as follows: what can you do in “one hour” to effect change and contribute?
Somehow we want to go beyond “zero time” to “one hour” and then we can build upon it as it makes sense. We can also combine one hour contributions and realize that the sum is greater then the parts!
So what are the next steps in supporting an important non-profit, charity, or social cause? A few ideas include:
- Contact an organization and take an onsite tour, arrange a brief call, and/or research it on the internet. Find out more!
- Connect with the executive director, business development, volunteer manager, and/or staff and ask what type of help they need based on your skills and interests
- Organize participation at a fund raiser that is already set-up (i.e., golf outings, 5Ks / walks, bike rides, sponsorship, car donations, annual dinners, matching funds, and other creative ideas!)
- Suggest that proceeds from a company meeting or annual event go in part to a worthy non-profit, charity or social cause
- Assess what you can do in your off hours by way of e-mails, social media, and commutes to and from the office (using a hands free cell phone!) to make directed calls to connect with other volunteers, donors, or contributors
- Extend communications by offering to pass on news or announcements to your organization and co-workers from an organization who’s social cause you support
- Identify a busy non-profit or charity leader or chair of a group (or committee) and ask them what you can do to help with “one hour” a week or month of your time
Business leaders and community volunteers must be willing to set priorities and make small sacrifices. Great leaders serve first and act to help others which is positive for themselves and the organizations they represent.
If we give “one hour” we can extend ourselves and help build tangible value and results for those who need it.
And who knows, one hour can lead to “two” and pretty soon you may find you have more time then expected and the social issue that you support will benefit in both big and small ways!
Richard D. Blumberg, President, World Sales Solutions, writes this series of blogs to help senior executives and their teams, leaders, influencers, educators, and students develop effective strategies and tactical execution which results in more revenues, profits, growth, jobs, and value. More >>