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Geoff Colvin

Senior Editor-at-Large, Fortune magazine

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Millions of eyes and ears count on — and respect — speaker Geoff Colvin’s insights on the key issues driving change in business, politics, and the economy. The senior editor-at-large of Fortune magazine, Geoff draws on his years of insider access to top government figures and high-profile executives to share effective leadership strategies, and provides his unparalleled perspective on the business climate of today… and tomorrow. +

Now in his fourth decade at Fortune, Geoff is one of business journalism’s sharpest and most respected commentators on leadership, management, globalization, regulation, corporate governance, competition, the economy, the InfoTech revolution, human performance, and related issues. His regular column and frequent cover stories in Fortune have earned him millions of loyal readers.

Geoff’s is also the bestselling author of three books: Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else, which received the Harold A. Longman Award for “Best Business Book of the Year,”  The Upside of the Downturn: Ten Management Strategies to Prevail in the Recession and Thrive in the Aftermath, named the “Best Management Book of the Year” by Strategy and Business magazines; and Humans Are Underrated: What High Achievers Know That Brilliant Machines Never Will, which looks at the trend of technology displacing jobs, and how people can create value for their organizations and their careers in the changing economy.

As a speaker, Geoff is known for bringing clarity to the most important and complex issues impacting business and the economy, and has presented to hundreds of audiences across 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.

In the media, Colvin has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Squawk Box, CBS This Morning, ABC’s World News Tonight, CNN, PBS’s Nightly Business Report, and dozens of other programs. He also served as an anchor of Wall $treet Week with Fortune on PBS, and is a daily contributor for CBS Radio Network, where he weekly reaches seven million listeners. --

Topics

Geoff Colvin Speaks On:

  • The Economy
  • Leadership & Management
  • Innovation
  • Business Trends
  • The Business Climate
  • Government Regulation
  • Global Competition
  • Secrets of High Achievers
  • Moderator/Interviewer/Emcee

Leading Ahead of Disruption +

Every day can bring harsh new surprises to business leaders. Veteran business journalist Geoff Colvin leverages nearly 40 years at Fortune to help audiences plan and think ahead. He looks at the latest news on trends driving change in business and reveals what top leaders in business and government are doing right now to meet the challenges they face. While political winds may blow toward protectionism, the market trends powering the friction-free economy are technological and going strong. Technological, governmental, societal, market and economic whiplash have become the new normal – and all require swift and full attention. As a result, winning in business today demands extraordinary leadership at every level of the organization acting on the best intelligence it can find. Geoff’s message is optimistic and energizing: opportunity is more widely available than ever and there will be winners – why shouldn’t it be you?   --

The Future of Work +

Technology is now capable of doing jobs we once thought only humans could perform. In a world where robots and smart machines factor prominently, what is the future of work? Where will humans add value? How will companies compete? This talk draws on research for Colvin’s New York Times lauded book, Humans are Underrated. The answer, he says, lies in humans acting more like . . . humans vs. competing with machines. Elon Musk famously said Tesla’s 2017 production problems came from an overreliance on technology – “humans are underrated,” he said. Where is the balance? Employers say the skills they’ll need most in the future are those that focus on social interaction: empathy above all, collaboration, storytelling, social sensitivity, brainstorming, creating and innovating with others, and leading. The transition to these newly valuable skills is happening faster than organizations and most psyches can keep up with. Geoff reveals what top organizations are doing to meet this challenge. The good news is that we humans already have what it takes – it’s up to us to make of it what we will. --

Where Is This Economy Headed? +

Even before the new alignment of power in Washington, it was the question on every business leader’s mind: where are the U.S. and global economies going?  Now it’s more urgent – and uncertain.  In opinion surveys, top CEOs and ordinary consumers say the same thing: there’s too much change, too fast; we can’t keep up. We all remember a time when it was easier to anticipate where things might be headed, when the consequences of misjudgment were less severe. Now a meltdown of financial markets in China can ripple globally and take down a trillion dollars in assets in a single day – and such volatility is becoming more common. The economic picture changes by the day, and Geoff Colvin has a brilliant perch at Fortune to view it all – to get ahead of official statistics to uncover what’s going on. He reflects on the varied forces driving economic change and offers a glimpse of where each may take you and your business. --

The New Political Reality for Business +

The main theme of the Trump administration has been unpredictability. President Trump has said that his unpredictability is a deliberate strategy. That makes strategic planning a huge challenge for business leaders everywhere. Geoff Colvin helps unwind the impact of Washington in terms you won’t hear elsewhere. Economic growth, consumer demand, interest rates, taxes, employment costs – cable news doesn’t spend much time on those issues, but all of them are set to change, transforming the business environment in important ways. That’s why business people must keep the most significant issues in mind, even when the daily Washington chatter wanders away from them. Geoff explains why partisanship won’t decrease and policy stability will remain a dream. Yet business can’t afford to be paralyzed. Geoff shows how the most successful business leaders are competing and winning in this uncertain environment. He brings a message of optimism that too often gets lost in the political rough and tumble. --

Talent Is Overrated – How Great Performers Really Got Great +

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 ground-breaking 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 competitive advantage. --

Leading the Conversation: 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.” --

Geoff Colvin is represented by K&M Productions. For more information and booking Geoff Colvin, contact us. (Serious booking-related inquiries only, please.)

Keywords: The Economy, Leadership & Management, Innovation, Business Trends, The Business Climate, Government Regulation, Global Competition, Secrets of High Achievers, Execution, Finance, Managing Risk, The Business Environment, Turnaround Stories, Author, Business Growth, Global Economy, Change, Competition, Global Business, HR Focus, Healthcare, Improving Performance, Managing/Leading Change, Media Figures, Peak Performance, and Moderator/Interviewer/Host.

What Clients are Saying

Thank you…for contributing to our event in such a substantial manner. We at IBM value the perspectives you brought to our session and appreciate the time you spent with us. Thank you again for making our event a priority.

–Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer, IBM

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Thank you…for contributing to our event in such a substantial manner. We at IBM value the perspectives you brought to our session and appreciate the time you spent with us. Thank you again for making our event a priority.

–Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer, IBM

Once again your stewardship of the business sessions opened the door for a truly interactive and valuable dialogue for everyone. Your depth of understanding of the challenges these companies are facing and the opportunities that lie ahead added tremendously to our conversations.

–Cisco

In a word: fantastic! Geoff really was perfect for this. He kept the conversation lively. Geoff really knocked it out of the ballpark.

–Microsoft

For a second year in a row, people are talking about your presentation. Thank you for joining us and teaching me a lot. I look forward to working with you again!

–The Elliot Group

Thanks so very much for your moderating today. I felt relaxed and right at home.

–George H.W. Bush

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