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Alpha Centauri Or Santo Domingo?

By Art van Bodegraven | 06/18/2017 | 9:28 AM

Navigating the unknown; journey off the edge of the earth or out of the solar system. How do you lead launching into uncharted seas and empty space? The keys are few, but critical.

The first is to embrace change, to not fear the unknown or uncertain, to seek the unforeseeable.

Next is to involve teams, to actively engage your trusted resources, to tap into the strength, creativity, energy, and willingness of the poeple you haired for those qualities innthe first place.

Be confident, even when unsure. And, always, always keep the enterprise's higher purpose and core values at top of mind as you embark and proceed.

Manage growth. Don't divert disproportionate resources into a new venture. And, don't let the diversion redirect the day-to-day business operations and purpose.

Finally, learn from successes; learn more from failures. Build from today for a more sure tomorrow.

These are core to general business; they are even more important for the disruptive world of continuous suply chain change, with endless unknowns in behaviors and technology. 

 

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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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