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Dead Ends And Live Action

By Art van Bodegraven | 12/06/2017 | 12:17 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 Art was a prolific writer and had amassed a collection of unpublished blog posts he had planned to run well into the future.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.


La Diva continues to amaze her doting grandparents with her combination of realistic maturity and thoughtful career and life-planning.  She has just about had it up to here with teachers who display little passion for creating learners and none whatever for talent.

Her nemeses?  One-time wanna-bes who settle for teaching, who end up directing a choir, or band, or school play.

You see, her passion lies in teaching.  She was born to create an army of life-long learners, to impart a love of music, of drama, of comedy.  Her long-term objctive is to take a troupe of talented young people, transform their appreciation of the fine arts, and develop their skills - as a group - into a company that can do anything on stage.  She'll pursue with the fire of a thousand demons her Broadway ambitions, but she has no desire to be on stage at the advanced age of, say, 50, chasing roles and call-backs.

There are degree programs that support such aspirations, but, while following this  dream, she wants a broader education.  The reasoning?  "If I'm going to be passionate about issues in the realm of emotions and social; conditions, I need to understand the history and context of relationships and struggles."

Well said, My Diva.  We can all learn from your example.  And, your prescient wisdom is especially true in the SCM universe.  We have more to learn, and put into context, than most.

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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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