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Is There More Than Gobble, Gobble?

By Art van Bodegraven | 11/28/2014 | 9:45 AM

Of course there is.  And this is the time at which we usually wax eloquent, mundane, or, worst, maudlin about all nthe standard things for whih to be thankful.  Not that we should not treasure family, friends, health, prosperity, and the rest. But, having acknowledged the standards, it might be appropriate to recognize an everyday things.

So, today - and on all the days - let us give thanks for this wonderful supply chain management profession that we have chosen  - or which has chosen us.  I suppose that there are many other rewarding fields of endeavor - to each his or her own.

But our universe is one of challenge, change, advancing technology, breakthrough concepts, and unequalled collaboration with peers.  At the end of the day, at the end of the quarter, at the end of a career, we have made a difference.  How much of a difference?  That is a matter of choice and commitment.  But the opportunity to select among options ranging from doing a job to transforming an enterprise is there for the taking.

So, thinking about it today, consider how fortunate we are to be in places in which we can give back, give forward, and give opportunities to others.

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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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