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What's Happening? What's Going On?

By Art van Bodegraven | 07/03/2016 | 2:30 PM

The Kid was drooling at the prospect of putting away a Chernobyl-sized steak, and contemplating a slow up-ramp to the grande finale using a lobster with a death wish.

"Oh, wait!" he exclaimed. "I think he's dead already. Oops, no, he's alive, but I think he's depressed."

The Kid is, almost always, superbly tuned in to his environment. He senses the moods and feelings of those around him, even the crustaceans, observes for confirmation, and then acts accordingly. We all have a similar responsibility to those around us.

The mark of a leader is an acute awareness of situations and people - and behaving based on what he sees, toward individuals, toward causes, and toward the greater good.

We continue to learn from The Kid. He's not content to go with the flow, to do the job without regard to its effect on the human condition.

Watch and learn, grasshopper.



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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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