Geoff Colvin

Senior Editor-at-Large, Fortune Magazine and Author, Talent is Overrated

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Geoff Colvin is an award-winning thinker, author, broadcaster, and speaker on today’s most significant trends in business. As FORTUNE’s Senior Editor-at-Large, he has become one of America’s sharpest and most respected commentators » Read Full Bio

Geoff Colvin is an award-winning thinker, author, broadcaster, and speaker on today’s most significant trends in business. As FORTUNE’s Senior Editor-at-Large, he has become one of America’s sharpest and most respected commentators on leadership, globalization, wealth creation, the infotech revolution, and related issues. As anchor of Wall Street Week with FORTUNE on PBS, he spoke each week to the largest audience reached by any business television program in America.

Colvin’s groundbreaking bestseller Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers From Everybody Else received the Harold A. Longman Award for Best Business Book of the Year and has been published in a dozen languages. Charlie Rose says it is “spectacular” and “fascinating.” Daniel H. Pink calls it “profoundly important.” Donald Trump calls it “enlightening” and “inspiring.” Colvin’s book The Upside of the Downturn: Ten Management Strategies to Prevail in the Recession and Thrive in the Aftermath was named the best management book of the year by Strategy + Business magazine.Directorship magazine has named Colvin one of the 100 most influential figures in corporate governance.

As a speaker, Colvin has engaged hundreds of audiences on six continents. He is also a skilled on-stage interviewer whose subjects have included Jack Welch, Henry Kissinger, Richard Branson, the Prince of Wales, Bill Gates, Alan Greenspan, Steve Case, Ted Turner, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, and many others. He is the regular lead moderator of the Fortune Global Forum, and he serves as moderator for the International Business Leaders Forum in London.

Colvin is one of America’s preeminent business broadcasters. He is heard daily on the CBS Radio Network, where he has made over 10,000 broadcasts and reaches seven million listeners each week. He has appeared on Today, The O’Reilly Factor, Good Morning America, Squawk Box, CBS This Morning, ABC’sWorld News, CNN, PBS’s Nightly Business Report, and dozens of other programs.

A native of Vermillion, South Dakota, Colvin is an honors graduate of Harvard with a degree in economics and has an M.B.A. from New York University.

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LEADING AHEAD OF WHAT'S NEXT
The business environment is changing in historic and profound ways competition, technology, government's role, and the balance of global economic power are shifting massively and it's happening fast! Successfully navigating the tumult is every leader's great challenge today. For this talk Geoff draws on his unique perspective rooted in long standing relationships with the world's top leaders in business and government. He knows what they're seeing, thinking, and planning and reveals how they're leading, making choices, and responding to today's challenges in ways that others can learn from. In a presentation that's as relevant as the day's headlines, Geoff explains what's important, what isn't, and what's next, offering audiences specific strategies they can put to work right now to navigate the future.
THE ECONOMIC OUTLOOK
It's what everyone wants to know: where's the economy going? Today's economic environment is more volatile and uncertain than at any time in memory: the BRICs are slowing, America's growing, Europe's a question mark; technology is upending whole industries; surging demographic changes are creating new challenges and opportunities; governments are playing a larger role than ever. And it all changes by the day. Geoff offers fresh economic insights that get ahead of official statistics to uncover what's trending. Engaging, energetic, and topical, Geoff helps his audience anticipate the future more clearly.
TALENT IS OVERRATED UNEXPECTED TRUTHS OF GREAT PERFORMANCE
What if everything you know about raw talent, hard work, and great performance is wrong? Scientific research on great performance shows that what most of us believe is off base which means most of us will never perform as well as we could. Geoff Colvin, author of the groundbreaking international bestseller Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World Class Performers from Everybody Else, explains the findings and relates them to real life in real organizations. He shows how most organizations value the wrong things that passion, honesty, and learning are more valuable than hours, IQ, or "native ability." Geoff demonstrates that world class performance comes from behaviors that every person and organization can adopt. Those who apply these principles gain a tremendous advantage.
THE POWER OF ONE, ALIGNING YOUR ORGANIZATION'S INCREDIBLE STRENGTHS
It's one of the most striking trends in business today: companies feeling frustrated that the tremendous abilities inside their organizations the knowledge, creativity, and innovation aren't being combined as one to deliver knockout products and services that leave competitors wondering what hit them. For most businesses it's a huge missed opportunity. Yet a growing number of companies, as varied as Ford, Apple, Lego, Amazon, and Hershey, have cracked the code and are achieving extraordinary success as a result. Geoff explains how they did it and how you can too before your competitors beat you to it.
WHAT MAKES YOU BETTER THAN A COMPUTER?
Every day, technology is doing something else better than humans, and the trend is picking up speed. For the first time in 200 years, mainstream economists are seriously considering whether technology is pushing unemployment up and wages down. Where does that leave growing numbers of NEWLY insecure workers, from taxi drivers to lawyers? What will be the high value skills that will raise living standards for us and our children? Answers are becoming clear, and they involve elements of our deepest humanity- empathy, emotion, narrative, creativity. For the individuals, companies, and whole economies that can master them, these will be the counterintuitive keys to competitive advantage.
PANEL MODERATOR, DISCUSSION LEADER, EMCEE/HOST
Geoff Colvin's unique gift is his ability to brilliantly moderate panels, lead onstage interviews and host/emcee. He's played these roles for more than two decades at Fortune magazine's most prestigious conferences worldwide. Top corporations and associations regularly utilize Geoff because he has a gift for getting the most out of participants; asking the right questions, listening intently to what's being said on stage and responding to that- keeping the discussion relevant and the energy high. He is so skilled that many top firms can't imagine doing an important program without him. As an attendee at a recent conference told the event organizer, "Geoff Colvin literally made this conference."

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