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Work/Life Imbalance

By Art van Bodegraven | 09/27/2017 | 12:13 PM

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 Art was a prolific writer and had amassed a collection of unpublished blog posts he had planned to run well into the future.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.


The Amex OPEN Forum published a provocative and thoughtful piece earlier in the year.  Mostly I agreed with the content; some was sappy.  In summary, some of the key points were:

  • You can always win - you are not foreordained or predestined to accept tough circumstances
  • Be a cheerleader - a potentially losing proposition, with an act that can quickly wear thin; encouragement is good, but relentless rah-rah labels the perpetrator as a poseur.
  • Learn new things - become a conscious life-long learner, and don't be afraid to re-learn old things
  • Create memorable experiences -for your employees, for your colleagues, for yourself; expense is not necesarily great, but the event you've created is a message of positive recognition
  • Always have fun - if you're not, you're doing it wrong, or with the wrong people at the wrong place
  • Never forget that you are not your job - that your job does not define you
  • Make these real for all those around you by living them - every day.

Look, these are as simple as they seem - just tough to execute.  

Do what's right.  Trust others.  Be a hero; be a leader.




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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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