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Unclear On The Concept . . .

By Art van Bodegraven | 02/26/2013 | 8:49 AM

The Kid, as we know, has his moments.  He is, in his spare time, the Court Jester in a mixed religion family, but is easily thrown off when the dates of familiar holidays don't quite sync up.

A couple of months ago, he was in a real quandary, deeply concerned that candles had not been lit. He was more than a little accusatory when he demanded to know "Are we not having Harmonica this year?"

Well, Harmonica was observed, and confirmed our suspicions that The Kid was far more interested in the traditional gelt than in the inspirational story of the Maccabees and the miracle of the oil.

Our takeaway for The Kid was that, for all things - festivals, miracles, supply chain planning and execution, and the results of continuous improvement - there is a time and a season.  The gelt will be there when it is supposed to be, neither before nor after.

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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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