As a speaker, Geoff has engaged hundreds of audiences around the world, ranging in size from 10 to 10,000. Audiences especially appreciate his remarkable perspective: He has analyzed companies and business leaders worldwide as they confront the largest issues of our time, and has seen what distinguishes the winners from the losers. Each talk is as fresh as that morning’s headlines, and nobody leaves one of Geoff’s sessions thinking the same way.
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.
Economic Trends, Global Competitiveness, Government Regulation, Leadership and Management, Intersection of Politics and Business, Health Care, Secrets of High Achievers, Host, Discussion Leader, Moderator
Geoff Colvin’s regular column in Fortune magazine, his frequent cover stories for the magazine, and his broadcasts on the CBS Radio Network, have garnered him millions of eyes and ears who count on and respect his insights on the issues driving change in business and the economy. One of the most respected voices in business journalism, Colvin helps business look ahead at the key issues impacting business today: the global economy; government regulation; the impact of Washington politics/policy on the business environment and the economy; health care; leadership and management; global competitiveness and more. The insights he delivers are remarkable in their clarity, giving leaders the perspective they need to make better decisions about the future of their business. Geoff’s groundbreaking book, Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers From Everybody Else – has remained a popular-selling book since it was released in 2008. His book, The Upside of the Downturn, looks at how business can compete in an age of diminished expectations. A speaker with compelling content, Colvin is also a brilliantly talented panel moderator and discussion leader who has played that role for Fortune magazine’s many C-Level conferences around the globe. He has interviewed scores of top leaders including Jack Welch, Rudy Giuliani, Meg Whitman, Bill Gates and H.R.H. the Prince of Wales.
Leading Ahead of What’s Next – The New Rules of Business
The whole world of business is changing in historic and profound ways – technological disruption, 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.
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The Economic Outlook
Even before the new alignment of power in Washington, it was the question on every business leader’s mind: Where is the economy going? Now it’s more urgent – and uncertain.Read More >
Political Chaos and Your Business
The political pros were wrong about almost everything in the last election. Now, with a Trump-led realignment of power in Washington, how should business people plan for their businesses and themselves? Geoff Colvin has answers, explaining what’s at stake in terms you won’t hear elsewhere.
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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? 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.
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Humans Are Underrated –Building the New High-Value Skills
It’s one of the largest questions facing organizations and individuals today: What will people do better than computers? As technology gallops ahead, taking over more skilled and highly paid work, how will people keep adding value? A leading economist says these issues are “the defining economic feature of our era.” Geoff Colvin explains the issues and answers the questions, showing how people can keep adding value – more than ever – by becoming excellent at the deepest, most essentially human skills.
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The 21st-Century Corporation — Winning in a Friction-Free Economy
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?
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PANEL MODERATOR, DISCUSSION LEADER, EMCEE/HOST
Geoff Colvin is an event planner’s secret weapon. He can brilliantly moderate panels, lead conversations onstage and act as host/emcee for the entire conference proceedings. His talent for these roles is second nature and can transform ordinary events into something quite special.
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About Geoff Colvin
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.
Geoff’s new book, just published, is Humans Are Underrated: What High Achievers Know that Brilliant Machines Never Will. Amid rising anxiety over the rise of technology and its effects on human workers, the book identifies the skills of human interaction that will be key to success for people, businesses, and nations. The Washington Post raves that it’s “valuable for its insights into the enduring value of human performance and teamwork.” The Wall Street Journal calls it a “big idea business book [that] weaves original reporting and humor into an intelligent narrative.” His groundbreaking bestseller Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers From Everybody Else received the Harold A. Longman Award for Best Business Book of the year. Charlie Rose says it is “spectacular” and “fascinating.” Daniel H. Pink calls it “profoundly important.” These as well as his other books are described on the books pages.
As a speaker, Geoff has engaged hundreds of audiences on six continents. He is also a skilled on-stage interviewer whose subjects have included Ben Bernanke, 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. He is the regular lead moderator of the Fortune Global Forum. His extensive speaking and moderating activities are described on the speaking page.
Geoff is one of America’s preeminent business broadcasters. He is heard daily 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, CBS This Morning, ABC’s World News, CNN, CNBC, PBS’s Nightly Business Report, and dozens of other programs. His TV, radio, and video work is described on the media page.
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.