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Edward D. Hess
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Charlottesville, VA, USA

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Business school.

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Attorney / Lawyer, Professor / Educator
Experience Timeline:
31-40 years of work experience

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Professor Edward D. Hess spent more than 30 years in the business world. He began his career at Atlantic Richfield Corporation and was a senior executive at Warburg Paribas Becker, Boettcher & Company, the Robert M. Bass Group and Arthur Andersen. He is the author of 11 books, over 60 practitioner articles and over 60 Darden cases, etc. dealing with growth systems, managing growth and growth strategies. His books include Learn or Die: Using Science to Build a Leading-Edge Learning Organization, (Columbia Business School Publishing, September 2014); Hess and Liedtka, The Physics of Business Growth: Mindsets, System and Processes(Stanford University Press, 2012); Grow to Greatness: Smart Growth for Entrepreneurial Businesses(Stanford University Press, 2012); Growing an Entrepreneurial Business: Concepts & Cases(Stanford University Press, February, 2011); Smart Growth: Building Enduring Businesses by Managing the Risks of Growth(Columbia Business School Publishing, 2010); Hess and Goetz, So You Want to Start A Business(FT Press, 2008); The Road To Organic Growth(McGraw-Hill, 2007); Hess and Cameron, eds., Leading with Values: Virtue, Positivity & High Performance(Cambridge University Press, 2006); Hess and Kazanjian, eds., The Search for Organic Growth(Cambridge University Press, 2006). Smart Growth was named a Top 25 2010 business book for business owners by Inc. Magazine and was awarded the Wachovia Award for Research Excellence

Hess’s work has appeared in Fortune magazine, JiJi Press, Washington Post, the Financial Times, Investor’s Business Daily, CFO Review, Money magazine and in more than 300 other media publications as well as on CNBC,, Fox Business News,, Big Think,,, WSJ Radio, Bloomberg Radio, Dow Jones, MSNBC Radio, Huffington, Business and Chief Learning Prior to joining the faculty at Darden, he was Adjunct Professor and the Founder and Executive Director of both the Center for Entrepreneurship and Corporate Growth and the Values-Based Leadership Institute at Goizueta Business School, Emory University.

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What do you do best?:

Synthesizing my diverse voracious reading and my life experiences to improve my mental models

What makes you the best version of yourself?:

Focus, Discipline, Purpose, Loving Learning, Others

What are your aspirations? (Personal and Business):

To help people achieve their dreams

Biggest Success?:

Staying relevant by evolving

Most Challenging Moment?:

Facing my insecurities


“Be a Giver Not a Taker” & “Do No Harm”

Favorite People/Role Models?:

My father, My wife, President Jimmy Carter, Coach Charlie Grisham, Professor Lyle Bourne, Terry Brown, Joe Street, Abraham Maslow

Favorite Places/Destinations?:

Boulder, Santa Fe, New York City, London, Edinburgh, My reading chair

Favorite Products/Objects?:

Patagonia, Apple, Levis, San Antonio Shoemakers, Canali, Starbucks

Current Passions?:

The future of work, society & capitalism in the coming Techno-Sapiens Age

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