Ed Hess on Adapting to the Speed of Change


Today, Tom Vander Ark is joined by Ed Hess to talk hyper-learning — one of the new demands of the 21st-Century workforce.

After 20 years in business, Ed Hess has spent nearly two decades in academia teaching leadership. He is a professor of business administration and Batten Faculty Fellow at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. He is the author of eleven books, over sixty articles, and over 60 Darden cases. His new book, Hyper-Learning: How to Adapt to the Speed of Change, suggests that for humans to stay relevant in the workplace, we have to be able to excel cognitively, behaviorally, and emotionally in ways that technology can’t.

Join in on today’s conversation with Tom and Ed to learn how you can implement hyper learning in your own life, your organization, or your school!

Key Takeaways:

[:10] About today’s episode.
[:43] Tom welcomes Ed Hess to the podcast.
[:50] After twenty years in business, Ed switched to academia. Ed shares why he decided to make the shift.
[2:16] Does Ed teach executive or full-time students at Darden?
[3:58] Tom and Ed speak about their experiences teaching students.
[6:34] Ed speaks about his 2017 book, Humility Is the New Smart: Rethinking Human Excellence in the Smart Machine Age, and how he landed on that title.
[11:17] Why humility is so key for both educators and learners, and Ed’s predictions on technology advancements in the next 10 years.
[14:58] Ed defines the term “hyper-learning.”
[17:49] Personal behaviors and practices of hyper-learning as outlined in Ed’s book.
[22:20] Why daily advisory systems are so effective and mission-critical for learners.
[25:03] How to cultivate a culture in your workplace that values hyper-learning.
[32:05] Tom thanks Ed for joining the podcast!

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