GEOFF COLVIN

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

“Human ingenuity, passion, and energy are beyond any economist’s ability to predict.
They are what get us through times of trial.”
- Geoff Colvin

SUMMARY

Experience counts in serious times. For four decades at Fortune, Geoff Colvin has covered the economic, political, technological, and competitive forces disrupting business and how top leaders and companies adapt and transform to win in spite of them. The big takeaway, Geoff says, is that winning companies and leaders summon the courage to act – they stop protecting the past and start inventing the future – and they confront this reality faster than the competition. As business leaders face their biggest challenge ever, Geoff Colvin is the voice of experience who shines a light – revealing a clearer path for an uncertain future. His columns and cover stories for Fortune have earned him millions of loyal fans. Many of them also hear him dispense critical business insights on the CBS Radio Network, where he reaches seven million listeners each week. Geoff’s bestselling books include The Upside of the Downturn, Talent is Overrated, and Humans are Underrated. A keynote speaker with compelling content, Geoff Colvin is also a brilliant panel moderator and interviewer.

KEY SPEECH THEMES

GEOFF COLVIN
PREVIEW

Geoff Colvin
Overview Video

HOW TO CREATE
THE FUTURE

Four Courageous Business Leaders

FRICTION-FREE
BUSINESS

Friction-Free Labor is a Game Changer

PURPOSE VS.
PROFITS

Leading on Purpose

HIGH-VALUE
JOB SKILLS

Three High-Value Job Skills

NEW TECH WILL CHANGE YOUR BUSINESS EVEN MORE

Wall Street Robots and FinTech Revolution

WASHINGTON POLICY UPDATE

Policy Uncertainty and Risk

REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOCUS

Regional Development for the Future

HOW GREAT PERFORMERS GET GREAT

Talent is Overrated

MODERATOR/HOST/EMCEE

Hosting and Moderating Overview

SPEECH DESCRIPTIONS

RECALIBRATE: HOW TO SUCCEED IN THIS 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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HUMANS: THE ULTIMATE COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE

The coronavirus pandemic launched many companies that weren’t ready into a world of virtual work. It also transformed the way we think about relationships in the process. Couple that with robots and smart machines doing more of the work humans used to do – and doing it faster, cheaper, and better – and you have to ask: what’s the future of work and how do humans fit in? Based on research for his New York Times bestselling book Humans are Underrated, Geoff Colvin helps audiences understand how work is changing and the critical skills they’ll need most to adapt and compete going forward. The key skills are those of social collaboration: storytelling, social sensitivity, brainstorming, creating and innovating with others, leading, and above all – empathy. Geoff reveals what top organizations are doing now to build a competitive advantage by strengthening these capabilities.
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REBUILDING THE ECONOMY – AN UPDATE

No one could have imagined the turn of economic fortunes that took place in 2020. Coming back from such economic devastation will take time and every business leader is looking for valuable insights to help set their strategic course of action. In this talk, Geoff Colvin briefs his audience on where the U.S. and global economies are going. Trade, monetary policy, fiscal policy, government regulation, and global dynamics all factor into the equation. With Washington already having provided trillions of dollars in stimulus, what does the future look like and how should business leaders navigate the path forward? This is a timely talk updated with headlines from the day’s news.
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TALENT IS OVERRATED – HOW GREAT PERFORMERS REALLY GET GREAT

Suppose most of what we believe about hard work and raw talent is wrong. That would mean most of us will never have the chance to 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 surprising truths about great performers and relates them to real life in real organizations. He shows how most organizations value the wrong things – 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.
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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 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.
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IN PRINT

TESTIMONIALS

“The amount of praise you received was incredible, to say the least. Many, many of our attendees expressed how moved they were with your presentation. Just a tremendous amount of praise is ALL I heard (more than any speaker we have ever had).”

– Executive Director, National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA)

“Geoff hit a home run today!!!!!!!!!!!! Outstanding…”

– Head of Conf Planning & Travel, Putnam Investments

“Geoff, you were definitely the highlight of our conference. In reviewing our surveys today, you were overwhelmingly ranked as the favorite speaker and one they would most like to hear from again.”

– Lead Executive, Business Alliances & Ancillary Division, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield

“You hit it out of the park. We will ask you back.”

– CEO, American Pacific Mortgage

“I can’t tell you how many people, customers and employees, came up to me and said how good your session was. Honestly, it set a tone that I was hoping for so to me it was a huge win.”

– President and COO, SoftwareAG North America

“We were completely amazed with how incredible Geoff was with the five very unique sessions we had him lined up to moderate. He added a layer of additional perspective to each and every one of those sessions that we just would not have expected. Truly amazing.”

– Tax Senior Manager, National Growth Team, Deloitte Tax LLP

"… he was so awesome!!! Thank you so much for sending him to us! He was amazing."

– Director of Economic Development Services, CareerSource Pinellas

"It was GREAT. We have only heard great things. Geoff tailored it to the audience. He is a gem!"

– Gala Organizer, Institute for Public Relations

“Geoff did a fantastic job and really set the stage for the remainder of the day and his perspectives were repeated during later sessions.”

– Group Communications Director, The Coca-Cola Company

“The consensus was: “He did a great job.” “He was dead-on.” “He said what we needed to here.” “Great job.” I truly didn’t hear one bad or negative comment. He was a total “hit”. He was a total delight to work with (as were all of you). Thank you for everything.”

– Assistant to the CEO and President, Vanguard Health Systems

“Geoff did an amazing job with our event. He was very thoughtful and thorough with his preparation and really hit the mark for us. He's a wonderful moderator!”

– Marketing Manager, The Boston Consulting Group

“You are a star. All the comments have been stellar."

– Partner, Pepper Hamilton LLP

“Geoff Colvin was fabulous! Thanks. Members thought he was the best speaker we have ever had.”

– President, Flexible Packaging Association

“In a word: fantastic! Geoff really was perfect for this. He kept the conversation lively. Geoff really knocked it out of the ballpark.”

– Microsoft