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Geoff Colvin

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

  • Which critical trends will most impact your business and the economic climate?
  • What are the best leaders and organizations doing right now to grow in uncertain/disruptive times and harness the opportunities that are always present, regardless of the business cycle?
  • What are the unexpected truths about great performance and how can organizations and individuals use them to ramp up performance?
  • What are the critical jobs skills of the future for individuals and organizations in a world where technology destroys more jobs than it creates. Hint: think empathy!
Speech Descriptions
Leading Ahead of What’s Next
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.
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The Economic Outlook
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.
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Talent is Overrated – Unexpected Truths of Great Performance
What if everything you know about raw talent, hard work, and great performance is wrong? 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.
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Humans Are Underrated – What High Achievers Know That Brilliant Machines Never Will
For centuries, technological innovation mostly complemented human labor by creating new and better jobs, facilitating higher living standards and better wages. But technology is now capable of doing jobs that we once thought could only be performed only by humans – driving cars, unpacking boxes, writing articles, detecting emotions, even analyzing legal documents – the list is growing every year. In a world of robots and smart machines, what is the future of work? Where will humans add value? How will companies compete?
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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.
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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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Geoff Colvin's Story
Geoff Colvin is an award-winning thinker, author, broadcaster, and speaker on the most significant trends and issues impacting business and the economy. As Fortune magazine’s Senior Editor-at-Large, Geoff has an insider’s perspective fueled by 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 his fourth decade at Fortune, Geoff Colvin’s breadth of experience is impressive. He is one of 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. Geoff’s regular column and frequent cover stories in Fortune have earned him millions of loyal readers. His “On Leadership” series, which appears online on Money.CNN.com, provides a compelling look at what top leaders are doing to navigate uncertain times.

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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.