One of my all-time favorite business authors is Professor Edward Hess of one of the top business schools around the world – The Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. He’s written 12 books and his newest is Hyper-Learning: How to Adapt to the Speed of Change. We’ll find out that hyper-learning is far more than applying a few tactics.
There was so much to unpack from this meaningful and insightful book on hyper-learning. Here are some of the key points we addressed:
- The definition of hyper-learning and what’s required
- The right workplace is needed for hyper-learning
- Book is really for anyone aged 16 and older
- The science of us
- Inner peace
- The 5 principles of the new smart
- Idea Meritocracy
- The 2 big inhibitors of learning
- High-quality meaningful conversations
Ed’s Personal 5-Part Story
I admire and appreciate writers who are transparent even when the backstory is not stellar. We’re all flawed men and women, and I appreciate Ed’s honesty in this 5-part series that we briefly alluded to on the show:
- The “Bees” and Football
- Psychology or Business Law?
- Ego & Wall Street
- Hitting the Wall
- Psychology and Business – Finally My Answer
Ed’s Recommended Books
If you had a chance to have dinner with a professor from one of the elite business schools around the globe, would you want to find out the books he recommends?
I was impressed with the broad range of titles Ed mentioned during the interview.
Regarding books on thinking, he recommends any book by Gary Klein. One of his most popular books is Seeing What Others Don’t: The Remarkable Ways We Gain Insights.
Ed calls Dialogue: The Art of Thinking Together the best book on collaborative and collective intelligence. The authors also address what attributes make for a great team.
For history, Ed reads Will and Ariel Durant’s The Lessons of History annually.
Also in history, Ed likes Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (4.6 rating on 25k reviews).
For religion and philosophy, Ed likes the following:
- The Path: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life by Michael Puett and Christine Gross-Loh
- The World’s Religions by Huston Smith
Books by Ed Hess
As mentioned on the show, Ed is the author of 12 business books which are listed below by the most recent publish date.
- Hyper-Learning (2020)
- Humility is the New Smart (2020)
- Learn or Die (2014)
- The Physics of Business Growth (2012)
- Grow to Greatness (2012)
- Growing an Entrepreneurial Business (2011)
- Leading with Values (2006)
- Smart Growth (2010)
- So, You Want to Start a Business? (2008)
- The Road to Organic Growth (2007)
- The Search for Organic Growth (2006)
- The Successful Family Business (2005)
My Hyper-Learning Journal
If you’ve purchased the book, head over to Ed’s website and download the 120-page journal in a PDF format for your Hyper-Learning journey.