The Purpose -> Passion -> Engagement Connection

Recently I stumbled upon these highlights from last year’s Santa Fe Institute Symposium. These insights really resonate with my thinking around community engagement: “In Unleash Your Inner Company, John [Hagel] explains that passion and purpose can create the fundamental positive feedback loop that powers your company.” Powers your company as well as your community. If you can align the larger …

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Podcast Notes: How to Create an Enterprise Community!

Update: Jon Reed did an amazing summary post of our conversation on Diginomica: The Art of Enterprise Community. The Podcast is now available too. When I moved to Mill Valley, my landlord allowed me to build this treehouse. I highly recommend the experience. To be able to sit in something that you mostly built with your own hands is very rewarding. …

Let’s Bring the Community Band Together! — 9 Tips For Success

The other day Evan Hamilton DeSerio asked the CMX community on Facebook, whether anyone can bring an instrument to the CMX Summit West that he helps organize. In 2012 the 2 SAP Mentors Matt Harding and David Hull told me that they would like to Jam together at SAP TechEd. It’s an annual event where about six thousand SAP geeks …

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Speed Networking: 3 or 20 Deep Connections For Your Event Participants?

Late in the afternoon one year at an SAP Inside Track #SITsv in Palo Alto, one of the participants taps me on the shoulder and says: “You know Mark, I love your event.” I am thinking “Well thanks :-)” and then “Oh, there is going to be a BUT” and here is what he said next: “Last year I walked …

Best Keynote Ever Via Your Enterprise Tribe

What was the best keynote you ever saw as a customer, partner, or prospect? A keynote that energizes me the most is one that shares a vendor’s’ vision for the future as well as its latest developments. Ideally, a passionate customer is on stage eagerly showing off the solution and raving about the benefit their company is getting from it. …

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Spreecast Enabled Listening to the Edges

In the early 90s SAP was dominating the Enterprise Software Market with their R/2 product on the IBM/Siemens mainframes. IBM was coming out with the AS/400 computer for the mid market and so SAP was developing their next solution R/3 for it. Hasso Plattner once told the story that 9 weeks before they wanted to show the new product at …

SAP Successfactors a Better Fit for LinkedIn

You probably have read the news today about Microsoft buying LinkedIn. I think SAP Successfactors would have been a better fit. In 2009 I was part of a team that negotiated and created a link between the SAP Community Network (SCN) and LinkedIn. That was before LinkedIn’s IPO and SAP Ventures had also invested in them. We called it Community Bio. You were …

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Hopfully I never have to buy a Tesla

Growing up in Germany especially as a boy, you obsess over cars. You read Auto Motor @ Sport, the flagship car review magazine from cover to cover. You dream about being a test driver for that magazine. When my old man got a new car I would sit in it for hours and just take it in, push all these …