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Geoffrey Colvin        

Bestselling Author & Senior Editor-at-Large at Fortune

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, Colvin can provide audiences with a clearer path for an uncertain future. Colvin unpacks actionable insights on the economic, market, political, and technological forces driving disruptive change. Colvin’s 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.

As Fortune magazine’s senior editor-at-large, 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, Colvin 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, Colvin is also a brilliant panel moderator, emcee and interviewer whose subjects have included Jack Welch, Henry Kissinger, Richard Branson, the Prince of Wales, Bill Gates, Alan Greenspan, Steve Case, Tony Blair, Michael Dell, Ted Turner, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Henry Paulson, Ben Bernanke, and many others.

Colvin 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. Colvin’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 technology displacing more jobs than it creates, 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, 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.

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Leading Ahead of What’s Next

The whole world of business is changing in historic and profound ways – competition, technology, 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. Colvin has a unique perspective rooted in long-standing relationships with the world’s top leaders in business and government. He knows what they’re seeing, thinking, and planning and reveals how they’re leading, making choices, and responding to today’s challenges in ways that others can learn from. Competing and winning in business today requires extraordinary leadership at every level of the organization. In a presentation that’s as relevant as the day’s headlines, Colvin explains what’s important, what isn’t, and what’s next – offering audiences specific strategies they can put to work right now to navigate the future.

What’s Washington Have in Store for Business

Washington’s impact on business and the marketplace is greater today than at any time in memory. Regulation, taxes, spending, the deficit, health care, inflation, interest rates, energy, and education – these and other critical issues are dynamically in play, affecting business in significant ways. Geoff Colvin brings audiences the benefit of his insider access to top government and business leaders; slashing through the bewildering spin and grid-lock of partisan politics and separating political posturing from fact. Engaging, energetic, and topical, Colvin explains which policy decisions from the White House, Congress, and the Fed will matter most, how they will impact business and the economy, and how his audience can make sense of it all to make better decisions.

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. He shows how most organizations value the wrong things – how passion, honesty, and learning are more valuable than hours, IQ, or “native ability.” In this engaging, entertaining talk, Colvin demonstrates that world-class performance doesn’t come from mysterious natural gifts but rather from highly specific behaviors that every person and organization can adopt. Those who apply these principles gain a tremendous advantage.

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