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Breakthroughs And Backbreakers

By Art van Bodegraven | 09/29/2017 | 7:50 AM

Please enjoy the thoughts and musings of our friend, supporter, and long-time contributor Art van Bodegraven Jr., who passed away on June 18, 2017. Art was a prolific writer and had amassed a collection of unpublished blog posts he had planned to run well into the future. To honor his memory, we will continue to post these remaining blogs as he had intended. If you’ve been a fan of The Art of Art blog, check out our tribute.


La Diva has put up another life lesson for us.  Essentally, it involves baring one's soul in the interest of reaching beyond what you thought your limitations were.  Her latest audition involved a monologue, basically a free-form dramatic reading.  

No singing this time out; she's mastered that form, and it it was time for her to showcase how she can go past - far past - her demonstrated strengths and her comfort zone.

She took on the difficult role of a contemporary anti-hero, struggling to reconcile conflict in close relationships.  Death and loss appear and command center stage for some.

Her performance was powerful.  First the audienced was impressed.

Then, she realized that she believed her story, that she was so invested that she became the character.  She beame a broken person in front of the entire room of onlookers, and emotionally, began to cry.

La Diva owned the role.  She owned the audience, who made the shift from impressed to moved.

The real result was that she owned herself.  And, will own herself for all roles in her future.

Forever changed, she has become a free and different person.  SCM professionals have opportunities to do the same, if they have the courage to free themselves and own new attitudes and can invest of themselves in transforming their inner champions and their peers and customers, as well.




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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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