Author and Family Business Expert
Dana Telford is a strategic advisor to family business owners. He specializes in succession planning, governance, managing conflict and strategic planning. He has been a guest lecturer at Harvard Business School, University of Southern California, Cal State Fullerton, the University of Utah, Centenary College, Thunderbird School of International Management, Gonzaga University and the American University of Kuwait.
Dana has taught and advised hundreds of business families on 5 continents from more than 14 different countries, including Switzerland, China, Greece, Saudi Arabia, Belgium, Brazil, Kuwait, England, Mexico, Canada and the United Arab Emirates. His former and current clients include leaders from Forbes’ list of the world’s wealthiest, a royal family and two of the largest privately held businesses in the world.
Dana has co-authored two books that have sold over 70,000 copies in 4 languages; the national best seller The Integrity Advantage: How Taking the High Road Creates a Competitive Advantage in Business and Integrity Works: Strategies for Becoming a Trusted, Respected and Admired Leader.
He has been a guest on ABC and FOX television. His research and writing has been quoted in Investor’s Business Daily, The Chicago Tribune, Toronto Globe and Mail and other international publications. He earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Utah.
The Best Practices of the World’s Most Successful Family Businesses
Passing the Baby: The 8 Laws of Succession
Making the Family Business Work: Turning “Relative” Difficulty into Success
When To Tell Them What They’re Worth: Teaching the Next Generation About Wealth
The Strange Dance: How to Turn Family Business Chaos into Harmony
The Self-Made Billionaire’s Classroom: Lessons Learned from the World’s Greatest Wealth Creators
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