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The Power Of Education

By Art van Bodegraven | 02/12/2013 | 11:22 AM

The Kid's sister, when a precocious four-year old, sat playing on the floor as the rest of us watched The Ohio State University's football team embarrass the Michigan Wolverines.  As the Buckeyes huddled before the next play she looked up and observed, "I think they're planning something."  Pretty astute to deduce - at the age of four - the core of a situation from a brief glance.

What happens, I wonder, to the level of pure and uninformed insight that so many children seem to come fully equipped with?  Do we educate it out of them in traditional approaches to "official" education?  Is tuition the cost of killing intuition?

I don't know, but I do know that a fanatic devotion to facts and data alone represents a loss, and incomplete view of any situation.  I would never recommend, though, that we all make decsisions only by the seats of our pants. 

 But, informing data with intuition, and using intuitive skills when there are not enough facts available for complete assurance seem to be the right approaches for more nuanced, robust, and creative tactics and strategies in supply chain - and general business - applications.

Can we regain lost skills in insight and grasps on intuitive concepts?  Science and experience say "yes", but there's hard work and practice, practice, practice involved.  Is everyone hard-wired to be able to do so?  Sadly, no.  But those who aren't can be persuaded to listen to those who are.

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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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