It’s IBM Champion nomination time once more. I’ve been extremely appreciative of being made a Champion in both 2013 and 2014 (since the program for Collaboration Services started) but each year it becomes a very stressful experience (not quite on a par with wondering if I’ll get to present in January but close).
The process works by someone nominating you using this URL on Greenhouse. Existing Champions reset each year so having been one before is no guarantee you will be one again. Why the dilemma? Well each year you can nominate yourself because – hey – who knows better what stuff you do than you ? The problem is where that process meets my own feelings about being a Champion, basically that if I did anything worth being a Champion people will nominate me and if I didn’t they won’t.
Nominating myself isn’t something I would feel comfortable doing so I wait and see if anyone out there considers me worth nominating.
So what’s the point of this post?
Last year a few friends who I thought would certainly be “Championed” were not nominated by anyone – not themselves and shamefully not me. I had assumed that other’s would do it and they, like me, assumed if they added any significant community value then someone would nominate them. But that’s not how this works and many many people (rightfully) nominate themselves. So this post isn’t to ask you to nominate me, it’s not to give you a list of things I’m proud of doing or that I hope have added to the community in some way. It’s to ask you to consider nominating anyone you think should be a champion, even if you don’t know much more about them than you’ve seen them present or read their blog or they’ve helped you out personally when they didn’t have to. If they made a difference to you, go ahead and nominate them. The form itself is a bit overwhelming although you need only fill in a small amount and the nominee then gets asked to complete any “additional information” they think the committee should know.
And.. (my fingernails are curling back with embarrassment whilst typing this) but if you genuinely feel I added value to the you or the community this year then I would of course appreciate a nomination.