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Geoff Colvin

Geoff Colvin

Confront Reality Faster Than The Competition

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  • 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.
  • Geoff is also one of America’s preeminent business broadcasters. He is heard every day 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’s World News Tonight, CNN, PBS’s Nightly Business Report, and dozens of other programs.
  • 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!

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 show audiences a clearer path through an uncertain future. Geoff unpacks actionable insights illuminating 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.

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 on the trends driving business disruption, revealing how the most successful leaders are confronting them right now. Economic growth, consumer demand, interest rates, taxes, employment costs, and above all, advancing technology – these issues are transforming the business environment daily, and Geoff provides unparalleled insights in terms you won’t hear elsewhere. And while political winds may blow toward protectionism, the market trends powering the friction-free economy are technological and going strong, requiring swift and full attention. As a result, winning in business today demands extraordinary leadership acting on the best intelligence it can find. Geoff’s message is optimistic and energizing: Opportunity is more widely available than ever, and someone is going to win – why shouldn’t it be you? WATCH VIDEO CLIPS FROM THIS SPEECH https://vimeo.com/groups/geoffcolvin/albums/22282

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. Forward-thinking employers are finding that the critical skills they’ll need most to compete in the future are those that focus on social interaction:

collaboration, storytelling, social sensitivity, brainstorming, creating and innovating with others, leading, and above all – empathy. The need to transition to newly valuable skills is happening faster than organizations and most psyches can adapt. And for companies balancing a workforce of people and machines, there are political and PR consequences. Geoff reveals what top organizations are doing to prepare for the future of work. The good news is that we humans already have what it takes – now it’s up to us to make the most of it. WATCH VIDEO CLIPS FROM THIS SPEECH https://vimeo.com/groups/geoffcolvin/albums/22275

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, and it’s the job of leaders at every level to identify it, enunciate it, and make sure everybody knows about it. The benefits are significant. Companies that pursue a clear purpose are much better able to attract and keep the best talent, and they perform better than companies that haven’t identified their purpose. There’s no conflict between purpose and profits; just the opposite. That’s why identifying a company’s clear and compelling purpose isn’t some dreamy exercise with a nice-to-have outcome. In today’s social and business environment, it’s a must-do – with results that pay off in big ways. WATCH VIDEO CLIPS FROM THIS SPEECH https://vimeo.com/groups/geoffcolvin/albums/22371

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. 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. Geoff helps audiences make sense of the forces driving economic change – offering a glimpse of where each may take you and your enterprise, and how the most successful organizations get stronger with every twist and turn. WATCH VIDEO CLIPS FROM THIS SPEECH https://vimeo.com/groups/geoffcolvin/albums/22272

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? Most people aren’t. Every business and businessperson now needs a new, uniquely modern competence: The discipline of confronting future tech’s reality, which we cannot intuitively picture, combined with the creativity of imagining what might be possible when that future arrives. Geoff describes what’s happening in an exciting, accessible way and shows how today’s most successful businesses are thinking and acting in new ways to own the incredible future. Geoff’s presentation will help align your people and make them more disciplined in confronting the future. WATCH VIDEO CLIPS FROM THIS SPEECH https://vimeo.com/groups/geoffcolvin/albums/22274

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. He shows how most organizations value the wrong things – how 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. Geoff cites relevant examples to prove it and to launch an important conversation in your organization. WATCH VIDEO CLIPS FROM THIS SPEECH https://vimeo.com/groups/geoffcolvin/albums/22273

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. WATCH VIDEO CLIPS FROM PAST EVENTS https://vimeo.com/groups/geoffcolvin/albums/22271

Recalibrate: how to succeed in the business climate

As business leaders face their biggest challenge ever, Geoff Colvin arms audiences with insights to help them lead their organizations into the future. He connects the dots to provide an unparalleled update on the economic, political, technological, and competitive forces driving business disruption – and opportunity. Geoff has an important message for business leaders gleaned from 40 years at Fortune: the companies who win most often have leaders who summon the courage to act in spite of great uncertainty. Those leaders stopped protecting the past and started inventing the future – and they did it faster than the competition. Geoff reveals how the most successful leaders are confronting and adapting to this business environment right now. Winning in business today demands extraordinary leadership acting on the best intelligence it can find. Geoff provides valuable insights wrapped in a message that is optimistic and energizing: Opportunity is more widely available than ever, he says, and someone is going to win – why shouldn’t it be you?

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