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Inspire Me, Big Boy . . .

By Art van Bodegraven | 02/21/2018 | 11:17 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 Art was a prolific writer and had amassed a collection of unpublished blog posts he had planned to run well into the future.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.


There is a school of thought that posits that one of the major jobs of leaders and managers is to inspire teams and the workforce, with motivating elements of intimidation, team play, and hands-on  work of functional example.

Here's what can actully be done to inspire others - not a damn thing.  The notion of motivation and inspiration is largely an illusion.

What can be done is to enable the circumstances that promote individuals to inspire an motivate themselvs, create an environment of high performance, and remove obstacles to team  success.  Otherwise, forget it.

That said, for those inclined to attempt inspiration, a few things that might be tried include, if motivation is to be attempted nonetheless.

Make connections that stick, with people who you could help.

Meet others, and brng others together; create ad hoc networks.

Expand yoiur own network by assembling those with common interests.

Believe in the goodness of people; act accordingly.

Welcome, embrace, those who disagree with your points of view.

Adopt a cause, and dedicate yourself to it; get behind a core belief.

Act without fear, even when afraid of the unknown.

Give to the community.

Be grateful; show empathy; celebrate successes.

Be responsible and dependabe; show others that they can count on you.

Tell a good story; create lessons from life; relate stories to people's ability to inspire and motivate themselves.

These are as close to motivation as you'll get.  

So, teach teams and wokers to motivate and inspire themselves - now.



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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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