Re: Introduction -- Susan Kaplan LO46

Thu, 09 Feb 1995 08:09:50 -0600

Welcome, Susan. I, too, am new to the network and
harken to your implied (or my inference) of frustration. I learned from an
esteemed colleague that when we focus the message on the settlers
rather than the explorers and/or pioneers, we build in the frustration.
Newtonian and Cartisian thought has been around awhile; it'll take some
time and some doing and some faith and some curiosity and lots of little
successes with the long fix pushing the short fix into oblivion unless it
leads to the long fix. (I can be long-winded's a way of coping
with the mishagas we both resist and enhance!) Have a good day....

>>>>>>Susan Kaplan wrote>>>>>>>>>
Greetings. I have been lurking for some weeks so I guess it's time to
make myself known.

I am Susan Kaplan, and I am the Budget Officer of the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration, which is part of the U.S. Department of
Commerce. I am located in Washington, D.C.

My interests in the concept of the learning organization developed as I
became interested in the "new" management. In addition to my employment,
I have, at the age of 44, decided that my "real work" is in change
agentry. To that end, I am enrolled in the Organization Development
program run by the NTL Institute for Applied Behavioral Science. In one
of my recent courses, we actually used the America Woodmark case which is
in the FieldBook--taking it a step further and actually trying to do OD on
the corporation itself.

My organization is in relative turmoil--we are engaged in an OD effort,
largely due to efforts on my part, as well as an imminent functional and
structural realignment. We are trying to incorporate (at least I am
trying to incorporate) the radical concepts of team work and team
learning, program and technical mastery, expansion of decision-making
authority, and continuous evolution as an organization into a culture that
finds these concepts foreign, arcane, and dangerous. I was inspired by
Senge's work partly because I found the concepts so meaningful and partly
because I found his writing almost lyrical.

In answer to the question why a learning organization, my answer is
simple: why not? It may be the only way we can survive.

I apologize for the length of this message; sometimes I get longwinded.

Susan Kaplan
Budget Officer, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
US Dept. of Commerce, Washington, DC