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Lion Gives Birth To A Jaguar?

By Art van Bodegraven | 10/11/2017 | 1:24 PM

Please enjoy the thoughts and musings of our friend, supporter, and long-time contributor Art van Bodegraven Jr., who passed away on June 18, 2017. Art was a prolific writer and had amassed a collection of unpublished blog posts he had planned to run well into the future. To honor his memory, we will continue to post these remaining blogs as he had intended. If you’ve been a fan of The Art of Art blog, check out our tribute.


Perhaps not exactly.  But, the tease is not far off.

Jaguar has been an iconic British automobile marque for so long that we forget its humble origins.  The cachet was kept alive through successive ownership changes, not least by Ford, and revived in its latest incarnation.

But, the legendary elite performer with a strong, but not exorbitant, price tag. Began life as a motorcycle sidecar.  Yes, a streamlined buddy seat for imported Harley's and such.

The aristocratic visionary with an eye for design - and designs on competitive success, was Sir William Lyons.  He shunned the limelight, did his bit for postwar recovery, raised sheep, and died quietly.

Like the stunning vehicles he created, elegant, understated, remarkably able, clean of line, and devoid of flash.  Powerful, quiet, sought after, and touched by human sensibilities.  Each new Jaguar was taken home for Lyons' wife to approve - in line, in color, and production details.

So, like our La Diva, changing the game - and its rules, Sir William defined how to design and produce world-class automobiles, then held fast to his vision, concepts, and values.  We would do well to emulate these models in our workaday worlds. 

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About Art van Bodegraven

Art van Bodegraven

Art van Bodegraven (1939 - 2017) was 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 was 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.


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