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La Diva Rounds The Bases And Heads For Home

By Art van Bodegraven | 08/17/2016 | 6:39 AM

In this case, "home" is not a boomerang destination, a retreat to a safe place, but is where The Kid's older sister is headed in life.

It begins with the voice (Sorry, Blake, she's already spoken for), which is sufficiently beautiful that outclassed nightingales hide their heads in shame under their wings.  But, a voice is not enough.  A song that entertains, moves, and engages must use the eyes, phrasing, movement, posture, and creative pacing.

To reach a fuller potential, though, La Diva needs to enter a larger, richer, more robust universe.  So, she works the other side of the stage, blocking, staging, and directing.  In this part of her journey toward fulfillment, she soaks up instruction and examples from every mentor she can find.  In turn, she teaches, coaches, and develops the younger talent - paying back and paying forward. 

Along the way, she keeps musical theatre in perspective, and tackles drama, comedy, Shakespeare - whatever seems to be a useful next step in building a complete resume.  The latest is The Diary of Anne Frank.  No singing there.

So, SCM professionals, what have you done in your career management to parallel La Diva's well-crafted plan?  Are you only a singer?  Worse, are you the logistics equivalent of Johnny One-Note, who could and did sing only one note, turning off audiences and composers with his shrill trill, long on volume and endless in duration.

If you can sing more than one note, so to speak, have you learned to communicate fully and persuasively in the process?  Do you understand, are you intimate with, the context, the bigger picture, of what you do, of where and how you fit into the enterprise success equation?

Are you expanding your experience and understanding by learning from mentors, and from mastering  the supply chain equivalents of dancing, acting, managing, and leading others?

if yes, keep it up!  If no, get used to disapointment.  Our world is full of Johnny One-Notes, and has only a few La Divas.  One group takes no risks, and remains unfulfilled in many dimensions of life.  The other constantly takes risks, tries new things, falls, fails, gets up (as often as needed), succeeds, and finds satisfaction and reward.

It's a choice.  The enterprise owes even the most loyal and persistent Johnny nothing.  The La Diva cohort provides employers with an abundance of choices, which in turn give the employees a range of possibilities for further development and success.

Choose wisely, and don't complain later that your one note is unappreciated by Philistines.



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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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