Geoff Colvin

Senior Editor-at-Large, Fortune and Bestselling Author
Arming Leaders to Confront Disruption Change and Win

Geoff Colvin

Senior Editor-at-Large, Fortune and Bestselling Author
Arming Leaders to Confront Disruption Change and Win

“Even in unpredictable times like these, someone is going to win. Why not you?”
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“Even in unpredictable times like these, someone is going to win. Why not you?”
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Talking Points
  • Intel: What are best companies/leaders doing right now to confront reality?
  • What’s Next?: Unpacks economic, political, tech & market forces driving the future.
  • Tech Matters: It’s evolving fast; can business adapt? what’s the future of work?
  • Talent is Overrated: What really separates great performers from everyone else?
  • Moderating Influence: Outstanding interviewer and discussion leader for panels.
Geoff’s Story

The best companies and leaders win by confronting reality faster than the competition. Geoff Colvin of Fortune delivers valuable insights to help them do just that. His unique perspective stems from unparalleled access to top global business leaders who tell him what they’re seeing, thinking, and doing. As a result, Geoff can provide audiences with a clearer path for an uncertain future. Geoff unpacks actionable insights on the economic, market, political, and technological forces driving disruptive change.

His columns and cover stories in Fortune have earned him millions of loyal fans, many of whom also hear him on the CBS Radio Network, where he reaches seven million listeners each week. Geoff Colvin is author of four books including the groundbreaking international bestseller Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else. His latest book is The New York Times bestseller Humans are Underrated which looks at the future of work and the crucial role of humans in a workplace filled with robots and smart technology.

As Fortune magazine’s senior editor-at-large, Geoff Colvin is now in his fourth decade at Fortune. He is one of business journalism’s sharpest and most respected commentators on leadership, management, globalization, government regulation, corporate governance, competition, the economy, the infotech revolution, human performance, and related issues.

In addition to his daily CBS Radio Network segments, Geoff has appeared on Today, 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 anchor of Wall $treet Week with Fortune on PBS.

In addition to speaking, Geoff is also a brilliant panel moderator, emcee, and interviewer whose subjects have included Janet Yellen, Henry Kissinger, Richard Branson, the Prince of Wales, Bill Gates, Colin Powell, Jack Welch, Alan Greenspan, Ted Turner, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, and many others.

Geoff is a respected author whose groundbreaking international bestseller, Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else, has been published in a dozen languages. The Upside of the Downturn: Management Strategies for Difficult Times was named “Best Management Book of the Year” by Strategy + Business magazine. Geoff’s latest book is Humans are Underrated: What High Achievers Know That Brilliant Machines Never Will. It’s based on the idea in his wildly popular Fortune article “In the Future Will There Be Any Work Left for People to Do?” It looks at the trend of advancing technology performing ever more tasks better than people perform them, and the ways humans will create value for their organizations and their careers in the changing economy. The ideas he shares have profound implications for every business and industry.

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

Video Playlists by Topic


Geoff Colvin Preview

Confronting Reality – Leading Ahead of Disruption

The Future of Work: How Will Humans Fit In?

Leading on Purpose

Where is This Economy Headed?

Talent is Overrated – How Great Performers Got Really Great

Panel Moderator, Discussion Leader, Emcee/Host

Confronting Technology – Are you Ready?

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Speech Descriptions

Confronting Reality – Leading Ahead of Disruption

Every day can bring harsh new surprises: economic and policy change…the competitor or new business model you never saw coming…game-changing technology. Competing in the friction-free economy has leaders worrying most about what they don’t know. In his talk, Geoff Colvin leverages nearly 40 years at Fortune to arm audiences with valuable perspective Read More >

The Future of Work – How Will Humans Fit In?

As robots and smart machines do ever more of the work humans used to do – and do it faster, cheaper, and better — what is the future of work? How will humans add value? What job skills will be most in-demand? Geoff Colvin answers these questions and more in this talk based on research for his New York Times bestselling book, Humans are Underrated.  Read More >

Leading on Purpose

What is a company’s purpose? That’s no theoretical question. Today employees, customers, investors, the media, government leaders, and others all want to know how – or if – any company is making the world a better place. If they can’t see a good answer, that company is more likely to suffer than it might have just a few years ago. Fortunately, society’s high and rising expectations of business are a tremendous opportunity. Geoff shows with real-world examples that every company has within it a noble purpose Read More >

Where is This Economy Headed?

As trade tensions simmer and presidential candidates parry, it’s the question on everyone’s mind: Where are the U.S. and global economies going? The economic picture can change dramatically with a single tweet, and Geoff Colvin covers it in depth from his perch at Fortune. 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 events, when the consequences of misjudgment were less severe. Read More >

Confronting Technology – Are You Ready?

It’s a huge opportunity if you’re aware of it – a mortal threat if you’re not. The technology that revolutionizes lives and businesses is advancing at an increasing rate. Each stride forward is bigger than the last. A $1,000 laptop will possess the computing power of a human brain by 2023 and the computing power of all human brains by 2050. Are you ready for the opportunities and challenges such technology will bring? Read More >

Talent is Overrated – How Great Performers Really Get Great

Scientific research on great performance shows that what most of us believe about hard work and raw talent 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. Read More >

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 three decades at Fortune conferences worldwide. Top companies and associations regularly utilize Geoff because he gets the most out of participants; he asks the right questions, listens intently to what’s being said on stage, and responds to that. He also connects ideas and insights across sessions, transforming a multi-part program into a satisfying, unified whole. He always keeps the discussion relevant and the energy high. Read More >

Speech Descriptions

Confronting Reality – Leading Ahead of Disruption

Every day can bring harsh new surprises: economic and policy change…the competitor or new business model you never saw coming…game-changing technology. Competing in the friction-free economy has leaders worrying most about what they don’t know. In his talk, Geoff Colvin leverages nearly 40 years at Fortune to arm audiences with valuable perspective Read More >

The Future of Work – How Will Humans Fit In?

As robots and smart machines do ever more of the work humans used to do – and do it faster, cheaper, and better — what is the future of work? How will humans add value? What job skills will be most in-demand? Geoff Colvin answers these questions and more in this talk based on research for his New York Times bestselling book, Humans are Underrated.  Read More >

Leading on Purpose

What is a company’s purpose? That’s no theoretical question. Today employees, customers, investors, the media, government leaders, and others all want to know how – or if – any company is making the world a better place. If they can’t see a good answer, that company is more likely to suffer than it might have just a few years ago. Fortunately, society’s high and rising expectations of business are a tremendous opportunity. Geoff shows with real-world examples that every company has within it a noble purpose Read More >

Where is This Economy Headed?

As trade tensions simmer and presidential candidates parry, it’s the question on everyone’s mind: Where are the U.S. and global economies going? The economic picture can change dramatically with a single tweet, and Geoff Colvin covers it in depth from his perch at Fortune. 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 events, when the consequences of misjudgment were less severe. Read More >

Confronting Technology – Are You Ready?

It’s a huge opportunity if you’re aware of it – a mortal threat if you’re not. The technology that revolutionizes lives and businesses is advancing at an increasing rate. Each stride forward is bigger than the last. A $1,000 laptop will possess the computing power of a human brain by 2023 and the computing power of all human brains by 2050. Are you ready for the opportunities and challenges such technology will bring? Read More >

Talent is Overrated – How Great Performers Really Get Great

Scientific research on great performance shows that what most of us believe about hard work and raw talent 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. Read More >

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 three decades at Fortune conferences worldwide. Top companies and associations regularly utilize Geoff because he gets the most out of participants; he asks the right questions, listens intently to what’s being said on stage, and responds to that. He also connects ideas and insights across sessions, transforming a multi-part program into a satisfying, unified whole. He always keeps the discussion relevant and the energy high. Read More >

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