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Thunderation Nation

By Art van Bodegraven | 06/07/2017 | 3:26 PM

With all the attention future Secretary of the Treasury gets today, we tend to forget the role—and voices—of other patriots who constructed a new country out of rebellion against a King and crown.

Great thinkers conceived the foundation of a democratic republic, the disproportionate representation that prevented big cities from imposing undue pressures on rural America and smaller towns. Then came the balance of powers that gave weight to the three branches of Federal government.

Madison, Monroe, Adams, Washington, Franklin, others too numerous to count. International figures dedicated to the cause. Squabbling, even raucus contention. Arguably the most fluent and persuasiuve, Thomas Jefferson.

A creative genius, Jefferson composed, and edited, and structured the US Constitution. Famously, in Lin-Manuel's breakthrough take on history, he muses, "Sometimes I wonder whey I even bother to bring nthe thunder," as he lets Hamilton know that he doesn't have the votes for higher office.

As one who spends his life in rants, in bringing supply chain management thunder, sometimes I also wonder why.  

The answer is simple: Because it makes a difference; because people need to think about what we do, and why and how. Next comes lightning …



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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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