Geoffrey Colvin

  • Senior Editor-at-Large, Fortune Magazine
  • Author, Talent is Overrated & The Upside of the Downturn
  • Host and panel moderator at Fortune’s premier conferences worldwide

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.

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.

 
  

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A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Geoffrey Colvin
  • Boston Consulting Group
  • Omers Private Equity
  • Belmont University
  • Industrial Asset Management Council
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Leading Ahead of What's Next

The whole world of business 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 challeng ...

The whole world of business 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 and Geoff Colvin helps them meet it. Colvin has a 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. Competing and winning in business today requires extraordinary leadership at every level of the organization. In a presentation that’s as relevant as the day’s headlines, Colvin 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 everybody wants to know. 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 ...

It’s what everybody wants to know. 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 they have in decades. And it all changes by the day. Colvin uses his relationships with top leaders to get ahead of official statistics and explain the latest trends and what they mean. Engaging, energetic, and topical, he helps his audience put it all together to make better decisions.

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 we’ll never perform as well as we could. Geoff Colvin, author of the groundbreaking international b ...

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 we’ll 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—how passion, honesty, and learning are more valuable than hours, IQ, or “native ability.” In this engaging, entertaining talk, Colvin demonstrates that world-class performance doesn’t come from mysterious natural gifts but rather from highly specific 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 competitor ...

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. Colvin explains how they do it and how your organization can too – before your competitors beat you to it.

Becoming Radically Customer-Centric: The New Opportunity

All companies like to claim they’re customer-centric, but few truly are. Most don’t deeply understand the varied wants and needs of their different customers, or craft different customer value propositions to meet those customers’ wants and needs—nor do they know how much mon ...

All companies like to claim they’re customer-centric, but few truly are. Most don’t deeply understand the varied wants and needs of their different customers, or craft different customer value propositions to meet those customers’ wants and needs—nor do they know how much money they actually make (or lose) with each customer or customer segment. Such companies are guaranteed to be wasting resources and losing customers to savvier competitors. There’s no excuse for that to happen. Big Data and powerful new analytic tools are changing the game, but they’re of no use unless companies know how to use them. Colvin, co-author of the groundbreaking book on this topic, Angel Customers and Demon Customers, explains how smart companies are taking customer-centricity to undreamed-of heights – and how doing so turbocharges profits.

The 21st-Century Corporation - Winning in a Friction-Free World

Imagine an economy without friction – a new world in which labor, information, and money move easily, cheaply, and almost instantly. Psst – it’s here. Is your company ready?   The most successful companies today are forming starkly new, more fluid relationships with customers, workers, and owners.  ...

Imagine an economy without friction – a new world in which labor, information, and money move easily, cheaply, and almost instantly. Psst – it’s here. Is your company ready?
 
The most successful companies today are forming starkly new, more fluid relationships with customers, workers, and owners.  They’re rethinking the role of capital (as traditionally defined) and finding they can thrive while owning less and less of it.  They are creating value in new ways as they reinvent R&D and marketing.  And finally, they’re measuring their performance by new metrics because traditional gauges no longer capture what counts.  These companies aren’t all glamorous Silicon Valley startups. They can be of any age and in any industry.  Every company will have to become one, creating value in innovative ways, or lose out to competitors that do so. Geoff Colvin’s presentation is optimistic and energizing showing that opportunity is more widely available than ever – and how to seize it.

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Biography

Geoff is an award-winning thinker, author, broadcaster, and speaker on today's most significant trends in business. As a longtime editor and columnist for Fortune, 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 on PBS, he spoke each week to the largest audience reached by any business television program in America.

Geoff's new book is Humans Are Underrated: What High Achievers Know that Brilliant Machines Never Will. This is the follow-up to his groundbreaking best seller Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers From Everybody Else.

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