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The Klomp of Klompen; The Allure of Wooden Shoes

By Art van Bodegraven | 03/19/2017 | 11:33 AM

La Diva has apparently found a Type "A" personality on school grounds, and has claimed it as her own.  On her long list of short-term objectives, a triumphant return to conquer Manhattan ranks high.  She's definitely on her own for Hamilton tickets this time 'round, though.

Other powerful pressures are building up, though.  Mijn vrouw and I have been to the Netherlands (primarily Amsterdam, but all over the lowlands and Belgium) some dozen times.  We always visit the Anne Frank house and the Jewish Museum, no matter other agendas for the visit.  The Diary of Anne Frank was one of my first books outside of the kids' section of our little home town library.  La Diva soaks up our Dutch (and other European) stories, has read Anne Frank and was featured in the play.

So, a small jar holds her growing Amsterdam fund, and she is determined to go - and soon.  And experience the Joods Museum, Anne Frank, the Rembrandt house, the old and new churches, surrounding towns and markets.  Klompen, romantic?  Depends on who's doing the walking, and to where.

The issue at hand is one of deliberately expanding horizons, of experiencing and learning new relevant things, and committing how to support the personal growth involved.  There's a corollary; how much are you committed to making an investment in going and growing beyond the rote and routine of executing yesterday's professional concepts?

Once again, La Diva and The Kid provide useful insights and concepts into how we do our jobs, only better.  It's worth paying attention to their lessons for us.


Notes in passing: Trinchero installs fast, modern material handling; oenephiles rejoice!  Brits distraught that off-shore content may have big-league tax consequences, as "made in the UK" designation for autos is lost.  Ford will make cars in China to meet local demand (and avoid import duties).

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About Art van Bodegraven

Art van Bodegraven

Art van Bodegraven is Managing Principal of the van Bodegraven Associates consultancy and Founding Principal of Discovery Executive Services, which develops and delivers supply chain educational programs. He was formerly Chair of the Supply Chain Group AG, Partner at The Progress Group LLC, Development Executive at CSCMP, Practice Leader with S4 Consulting, and a Managing Director in Coopers & Lybrand's consulting practice. Concentrating in supply chain management and logistics for over 20 years in his 50+ year business career, he has led ground-breaking strategic, operational, and educational projects for leading US and global clients. Art has been principal co-author of DC Velocity's Basic Training monthly column for a decade, and was the principal co-author, with Ken Ackerman, of Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management, the definitive primer in the field. His popular blog, The Art of Art, has been a staple of DC Velocity's web site since its inception. Art's continuing passion remains talent and skills development in the supply chain profession.


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