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The New Era Of Relationships And Collaboration

By Art van Bodegraven | 02/04/2013 | 8:16 AM

Today, Sra. vB and I are observing forty-six years of marriage - to each other, and without benefit of pre-nup.  Four children, six grandchildren, seven dogs, seven homes, and enough autos to bail out all of the Big Three, we have stayed the course by following a few simple precepts

Possibly, these are useful in supply chain relationhips, as well.  First, stay the course.  The fan is always on, and occasionally something will hit it.  Second, adapt.  Things will change, often with litle warning.

Fourth, remember that both parties expect to, and are supposed to, win.  Creating a loser weakens the fabric of an alliance.  Third, recognize and respect the unique strenghs that each partner brings to the united front.

In our case, those are that: 1) I know everything in the world, and 2) she is always right.  Hint:  Carry a little card that reminds you that #2 trumps #1 in the event of dissonance.

Maybe these won't get you to a forty-six year business relationship, but they are almost sure to get you past the three-year mark.

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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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