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The Unbearable Lightness Of Carly Rae Jepsen

By Art van Bodegraven | 07/02/2012 | 9:03 AM

I've been considering the staying power of Carly Rae, an also-ran in a second-rate talent competition who has become a sensation.  What is this all about?  Biebs for boys?  My real interest is in the sustainability of genuine talent and value versus the unsustainability of lack of same.

The link with Milan Kundera's brilliant 1984 book, The Unbearable Lightness of Being?  Two quotes ought to tell the story.  ". . . chance alone has a message for us."  And, ". . . who hankers after fame has no idea what fame is."  No evaluation od Ms. Jepsen's personal habits is intended by the reference.

The hook with our world of supply chain managment lies in the reality that not every hot new buzzword or acronym has got legs - has processes, practices, and concepts that will stand the test of time.  Trying to seperate the fluff and hype from the foundational and serious could be a full-time job in our universe.  Especially with much of the trade press giddily willing to dance with each and every seductive siren who waltzes into our professional consciousness.

So, my suggestion is this: every idea presented to us as the next breakthrough - particularly if being promoted by people and organizations with obviously vested interests - needs an evaluation period of Call Me Maybe before we fall all over ourselves proclaiming undying love and the imminence of world peace.

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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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