Geoff Colvin

Fortune Magazine Senior Editor at Large

CBS Radio Daily Commentator

Bestselling Author

Bio

 

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 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.”

 

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.

 

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, PBS’s Nightly Business Report, and dozens of other programs.

 

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.

“What great performers have achieved is the ability to avoid doing it automatically.”

TOPICS

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 explains the findings and relates them to real life in real organizations.

 

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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