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Lessons from the Fanelli Pellegrinaggio: Part I

Earlier this year, around Easter time, I took a bucket-list-fulfilling trip to Italy with my eldest son, Dominic. "Pellegrinaggio" is the Italian word for pilgrimage.  We went to the Comino Valley, in the province of Frosinone, and in the Italian region, Lazio. From this place, Giuseppe Fanelli, my paternal grandfather, emigrated to the USA in 1914

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Learning How to Learn

About 36 years ago, I was hired by Eli Lilly and Company, fresh out of the University of Michigan School of Public Health.  They hired me as an ‘Industrial Hygienist’, a type of public health worker who focuses on the prevention of disease and injury arising from the workplace…

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Putting Learning in the Work

This is the phrase I’ve often used when urging leaders to be reflective, to be in a continuous learning mode, to accelerate their own development, and by extension, that of their organization.  It’s the inside-out approach to building an adaptive, aka, ‘learning organization’.

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Don't Be the Book

Photo by Rupert Britton on Unsplash. Dick Scott was my boss at Eli Lilly and Company from 2003 to 2007 and had a disproportionately large and positive impact on my career.  He challenged me by expanding the breadth and depth of my job responsibility.  At the same time, he pushed me to use my strengths. He would always kick off the beginning of a week-long, Global Leadership Development Program with a piece of advice to the emerging leaders in the audience, ”Don’t be the book.”

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Engagement in an Irish Prison

When my mentor and colleague in Global Leadership Development at Eli Lilly & Co, Dr. Laura Dorsey, told me that she was designing a leadership program that featured a visit to an Irish prison, I was dumbfounded.  Then she told me, “We’ll be there to learn about employee engagement.” I was doubly-dumbfounded!

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