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Fabio Pisi Vitagliano – Human Resources Lecturer

Name: Fabio

Surname: Pisi Vitagliano

Subject and Courses: Human Resources Management

Lecturer *personal short BIO: Fabio Pisi Vitagliano is a corporate coach, a facilitator and a professor. His mission is: helping people achieve their goals and express their own potential as desired. He has a solid expertise in the training – course design and delivery -, commercial and strategic areas, developed in over ten years of international experience, in Italy, France, Spain, UK, USA and UAE. His professional background includes experiences as coach, trainer, facilitator, strategy consultant at major companies operating in industries ranging from finance, to consulting, non-profit, education, pharmaceutical and telecommunications. Fabio holds a M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in Engineering from University of Roma Tre and obtained his International MBA at the IE Business School, one of the top ranked programs in the world according to Financial Times standings. In his spare time, Fabio enjoys playing tennis and devotes himself to improv theatre and creative writing.

When did you find out you that you wanted to be a teacher? When I was 12, I watched the movie: The dead poets society and I decided one day I would have been a teacher. 

What teaching strategies or techniques do you usually use? My lectures are mainly based on questions from my side and moments of fun. I strongly believe a maieutic approach can be much more effective and stimulating and all learning processes are reinforced if developed in a fun environment.

What are the 3 fundamental competences that a worker needs to have in order to succeed in his/her future career? Empathy, resilience, analytical skills.

What suggestion would you like to give to your students about how to get the most out of their educational experience? Always ask yourself: what would make me happy at the end of this lecture/experience? and then do what you can, to go there.

According to you, what are the 3 main characteristics that a successful manager should have? Authenticity, openness, care (about other people).

Do you have a mentor? If yes, who? Yes. A friend of mine who is also a coach and the CFO of CoCrea company.

The most important lesson that you learned during your career path. Once I was unsatisfied of the job I had at that time and I realized: it’s not them working improperly, it’s me being in the wrong place. If mutual expectations are not met, I learned to ask myself a question.

How would you have your students find out their talent? Trial and error + being in contact with their emotions.

How do you motivate yourself to take action? I ask myself the why of every action and I identify the connection between the action and my deepest aspirations. If I can’t find any connection, I challenge my action.

What would you like to change about yourself? My height. 🙂 

What are you doing to change the world? When I teach and coach, I do not simply teach and coach, I truly feel I am changing the world.

Top 3 cities to visit. Matera (Italy), Mont-Saint-Michel (France), Goreme (Turkey)

What do you like best of Rome? The borough called: Garbatella.

3 books to read… Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance – Robert Pirsig Love in the time of cholera – Gabriel García Marquez Guns, germ and steel – Jared Diamond

What is your favourite Italian food? Spaghetti with clams (which I love cooking, buying clams at the fish market)

Do you have a Nick name? Most of my friends call me by name, only a few of my oldest ones call me: Pisuzzo.

What are your interests and hobbies? Improve theatre and clownerie; tennis; creative writing.

What are your weaknesses? Shyness, impatience.

The craziest thing you have ever done…Acting in theatre show in underwear and housecoat in front of a hundred people.

The happiest day of your life…I started teaching in a corporate training experience in Chicago. Several classes composed that training program. At the end of the second day there was a networking event  and I could barely walk in the room since all the participants, even from other classes, were continuously stopping me to introduce themselves and exchange a few words: I felt like a superstar and I realized I had found “my” job.

What makes you feel angry? Lack of respect; disinterest towards the environment.

What embarrasses you? When I am teased in a way I may look stupid.

Define Happiness! Love!