Intro -- Tina Kennealy LO12308

Tina Kennealy (
Fri, 31 Jan 1997 17:10:00 -0500

I've been a faithful reader of the LO digest for about 4 months now and
there have been several times that I have been sorely tempted to take the
plunge into more active participation. There are really two reasons why I
haven't to this point. One is this introduction. I really like people
and have little trouble interacting with them for the most part with one
exception - introducing my self to large groups of people I don't know
especially when they seem to know each other well. So here it goes -

My name is Tina Kennealy and I am working for GE Fanuc right now in a
hybrid HR manufacturing position supporting the team based culture we
have. I have been interested in learning organization topics since
reeding The Fifth Discipline while earning my MBA I also have a masters
degree in adult education and do a fair amount of training and development
work in my current assignment.

My other reason for lurking until now is that my schedule is very full and
the amount of time that it has taken to read and ponder the many
discussions going on here has left little time to reply. Last night i was
re reading some of Mr. deLang's posts on learning - in specific the
difference between emergent or newly born learning and digestive or
maturing learning. I particularly like these ideas because I tend to look
for parallels between theories and natural cycles myself. I did have a
question as i considered his posts however. The natural cycle includes
birth maturation AND death. In this theory of learning what would be the
corresponding death element? I had two possible ideas- that the
forgetting or loss of some knowledge is the necessary death that makes
room for other new emergent learnings. (This theory makes me feel much
better about my lack of retention from my four years of high school
French) The other possibility I considered is that the movement of
knowledge from the conscious mind to the sub conscious counts as a "death"
making room for new emergences. For example when I first started
facilitating meetings I was so caught up in conscious thought of what I
needed to be doing , how the meeting was flowing , who was participating &
who wasn't - that I had no room to really think at the same time. Now
after a lot more learning - both through study and experience - I find my
facilitation is more natural and leaves much more of my mind free. So
maybe as we digest theories and ideas more fully they become more of a
natural part of us and leave that conscious space open to new thought?

Thank you to every one who participates on this list. You have given me
many hours of stimulating contemplation. I hope I can return some portion
of the value I have received.

Tina M. Kennelay
"If a man knows not what harbor he seeks, no light will guide him"


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