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A Uniform Code Of Business Judgment

By Art van Bodegraven | 05/06/2018 | 9:45 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 Art was a prolific writer and had amassed a collection of unpublished blog posts he had planned to run well into the future.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.


The Uniform Code of Military Justice was, once, the law in military service.  And, patches, pins, and medals were worn with precision and distinction.  Today, uniforms, with some variance in color and style, are symbols of group identity.

In fact you can scarcely go anywhere without some form of identifying clothing.  Oil change specialists, fast food handlers, D-I-Y Big Box employees, gardeners, IT techno-nerds, or fire and flood restoration technicians.  Or, even, insurance companies and sales organizations.  Life coaches and masseurs.

Who doesn't wear a uniform nowadays?  Well, maids, landscapers, and arborists, to name a few.  And, the ultimate in uniform attire a few short years ago, the nattily, if comfortably, dressed United States Postal Service.  Even UPS and FedEx are distinguished by distinctive shirts and shorts.

Who doesn't wear a uniform these days?  The haphazardly ragamuffin USPS - clerks, drivers, package handlers, supervisors, and "managers".

It's beyond sad - dysfunctional clothing,  no sense of identity, unclear or uncertain role, drivers that make 19-year-old weed smokers look respectable, and trash haulers.

Maybe its time for the USPS to adopt a recognizable group identity, and a sense of order and cleanliness.  Torn shirts, tucked in, would be a good start.



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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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