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On This Natal Day . . .

By Art van Bodegraven | 08/03/2016 | 7:33 AM

After a certain age, varying widely by individual, comes on horseback the sobering realization that every day of verticality is, by definition, a good day, indeed. Standing up is upstanding; standing out is outstanding. The several decades that have followed Day One have been chock-full of ups, downs, jump-arounds, highs, lows, surprises, excesses, gain, loss, surplus, despair, elation, and high jinks in low places. Each and all have provided learning opportunity and life lessons.

Beyond verticality, the other operative command dates from a simpler day of acceptable ethnic jokes, in which immigrants putting down sod are constantly admonished, "Green side up!" So, clearly, it's not enough to be upright, the good stuff also needs to be on top.

These little reminders apply, too, to work life and professional progress at any age or stage of the game. It's not enough to simply show up, and be vertical. The green side needs to be up, too, with the right stuff in play. Being present is a good start, but you've got to be making contributions of good thinking — applying the green side — to have, hold, and keep relevance in career and relationships. Whoever suggested that showing up is half of success was not living in the real world. When you show up, you'd better bring something with you.



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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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