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Geoff Colvin

Geoff Colvin

Keynote Speaker: Senior Editor-at-Large at Fortune & Bestselling Author

Geoff Colvin Biography

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, Colvin 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, Colvin is the voice of experience who shines a light, revealing a clearer path for an uncertain future.

As Fortune‘s senior editor-at-large, Colvin is now in his fourth decade at the magazine. 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. 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.

As a speaker, Colvin has engaged hundreds of audiences around the world. He is also a panel moderator, emcee, and interviewer whose subjects have included Ben Bernanke, Larry Summers, Janet Yellen, Henry Kissinger, Richard Branson, the Prince of Wales, Bill Gates, Colin Powell, Jack Welch, Alan Greenspan, Ted Turner, Warren Buffett, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush 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. "Humans are Underrated: What High Achievers Know That Brilliant Machines Never Will" is based on the idea in his wildly popular article “In the Future Will There Be Any Work Left for People to Do?” and looks at the trend of advancing technology performing ever more tasks better than the people who perform them.

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Geoff Colvin Speaking Topics

CONFRONTING THE REALITY OF CHANGE

When change comes at us from every direction, it can feel like our only option is to play defense. “Not so,” says Geoff Colvin of Fortune. “The best leaders I’ve reported on have found ways to embrace a world of continuous disruption and build a powerful competitive advantage in the process.” Geoff is optimistic about the future as he unpacks step-by-step how we can all respond faster to change and even get ahead of it as individuals, teams, and enterprises. Geoff provides actionable takeaways to help leaders face change smarter:

  • What the best leaders and companies are doing right now to create the future
  • Why confronting reality faster is the key to seizing new opportunities
  • Biggest pandemic lessons for business
  • Scenario planning: surviving bad times begins with better decisions in good times
  • 3 best ways to lead during crisis and disruption
  • Creativity and innovation – how to unleash it individually and organizationally

RISKS & OPPORTUNITIES IN THIS ECONOMY

Global turmoil has roiled an already fragile economic order in ways that are still unfolding. At Fortune, Geoff tells the economic story in terms that focus on the risks and opportunities. Business people already know the numbers – what they might miss is the big picture; the forces driving the trends causing disruptive change in their world and, most importantly, what to do about it. This presentation isn’t a stream of economic statistics; it’s an optimistic story that Geoff tells engagingly, humorously, and memorably with valuable takeaways because, as he says, “Even in tough times, somebody’s going to win, why not you?”

Geoff covers:

  • Why, even in times like this, it’s vital to remain optimistic
  • The latest data and trends curated for the audience/industry he’s addressing
  • A plain-spoken explanation of what’s going on now – on Main Street, Wall Street, in Washington, and globally.
  • How successful companies are winning in this economy

LEARNING FROM THE WORLD’S GREATEST LEADERS

Through his work at Fortune, Geoff Colvin has seen top business leaders up close. Over the years, he’s gotten to know many of those leaders well. Watching them and talking with them has revealed eye-opening insights into how they cope with change, wrestle with transforming their companies, and face the economic, competitive, technological, and political forces buffeting their businesses. Geoff unpacks their stories in this talk uniquely crafted for each audience, showing relevant lessons learned from leaders and companies we all know. This talk can focus on several themes:

  • The crucial process of making tough decisions
  • Finding and keeping great employees
  • Navigating regulatory uncertainty
  • Adopting new technology
  • Managing in a crisis
  • Leading cultural change

FUTURE-PROOF YOUR BUSINESS MODEL

Four big trends are causing business leaders angst as they confront the idea that their business model needs to change. In this talk, Geoff Colvin looks at how the economic climate, advancements in tech, global and domestic politics, and workers are moving to render many business models obsolete. As a result, business model innovation has become a must-have competence for all companies. That’s a problem for those that are unprepared but a huge opportunity for those who are paying attention and taking this challenge seriously. Geoff reveals:

  • Inspiring examples of companies transforming their business model and winning
  • Key trends driving the need for business model change
  • How to just do it: Stop protecting yesterday and start creating the future
  • The secrets to becoming a business model innovator
  • How to adapt to a friction-free economy and create outsized opportunities
  • Why human capital is the most valuable kind and how to make the most of it

Geoff Colvin Videos

Learning From the World's Greatest Leaders
GEOFF COLVIN: The New Economic Order – Risks and Opportunities
"Hot Takes" with Geoff Colvin at #SHRM19

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What topics does Geoff Colvin speak about?

Geoff Colvin is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Business, Innovation, International Business, Authors, Finance, Human Resources, Strategic Leadership, News & Media, Political, Business Growth, Business Ethics, Environment, Sustainability, Technology, Digital Business, Leadership, Business Leadership, Economy, Entrepreneurship, Healthcare, Corporate Strategy, World Affairs, Disruptive Thinking, Inspirational, Health, Fitness, Peak Performance, Culture, Consulting and Hosts & Emcees.

Where does Geoff Colvin travel from?

Geoff Colvin generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances.

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Geoff Colvin is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Business, Innovation and International Business. The estimated speaking fee range to book Geoff Colvin for live events is $20,000 - $30,000, and for virtual events $20,000 - $30,000. Geoff Colvin generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Andrew Busch, Jason Schenker and Todd Buchholz. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Geoff Colvin for an upcoming event.

Speaker profile last updated by AAE Talent Team on 13/07/2024.

Geoff Colvin Speaking Topics

  • CONFRONTING THE REALITY OF CHANGE

    When change comes at us from every direction, it can feel like our only option is to play defense. “Not so,” says Geoff Colvin of Fortune. “The best leaders I’ve reported on have found ways to embrace a world of continuous disruption and build a powerful competitive advantage in the process.” Geoff is optimistic about the future as he unpacks step-by-step how we can all respond faster to change and even get ahead of it as individuals, teams, and enterprises. Geoff provides actionable takeaways to help leaders face change smarter:

    • What the best leaders and companies are doing right now to create the future
    • Why confronting reality faster is the key to seizing new opportunities
    • Biggest pandemic lessons for business
    • Scenario planning: surviving bad times begins with better decisions in good times
    • 3 best ways to lead during crisis and disruption
    • Creativity and innovation – how to unleash it individually and organizationally

  • RISKS & OPPORTUNITIES IN THIS ECONOMY

    Global turmoil has roiled an already fragile economic order in ways that are still unfolding. At Fortune, Geoff tells the economic story in terms that focus on the risks and opportunities. Business people already know the numbers – what they might miss is the big picture; the forces driving the trends causing disruptive change in their world and, most importantly, what to do about it. This presentation isn’t a stream of economic statistics; it’s an optimistic story that Geoff tells engagingly, humorously, and memorably with valuable takeaways because, as he says, “Even in tough times, somebody’s going to win, why not you?”

    Geoff covers:

    • Why, even in times like this, it’s vital to remain optimistic
    • The latest data and trends curated for the audience/industry he’s addressing
    • A plain-spoken explanation of what’s going on now – on Main Street, Wall Street, in Washington, and globally.
    • How successful companies are winning in this economy

  • LEARNING FROM THE WORLD’S GREATEST LEADERS

    Through his work at Fortune, Geoff Colvin has seen top business leaders up close. Over the years, he’s gotten to know many of those leaders well. Watching them and talking with them has revealed eye-opening insights into how they cope with change, wrestle with transforming their companies, and face the economic, competitive, technological, and political forces buffeting their businesses. Geoff unpacks their stories in this talk uniquely crafted for each audience, showing relevant lessons learned from leaders and companies we all know. This talk can focus on several themes:

    • The crucial process of making tough decisions
    • Finding and keeping great employees
    • Navigating regulatory uncertainty
    • Adopting new technology
    • Managing in a crisis
    • Leading cultural change

  • FUTURE-PROOF YOUR BUSINESS MODEL

    Four big trends are causing business leaders angst as they confront the idea that their business model needs to change. In this talk, Geoff Colvin looks at how the economic climate, advancements in tech, global and domestic politics, and workers are moving to render many business models obsolete. As a result, business model innovation has become a must-have competence for all companies. That’s a problem for those that are unprepared but a huge opportunity for those who are paying attention and taking this challenge seriously. Geoff reveals:

    • Inspiring examples of companies transforming their business model and winning
    • Key trends driving the need for business model change
    • How to just do it: Stop protecting yesterday and start creating the future
    • The secrets to becoming a business model innovator
    • How to adapt to a friction-free economy and create outsized opportunities
    • Why human capital is the most valuable kind and how to make the most of it

Geoff Colvin Videos

Learning From the World's Greatest Leaders
GEOFF COLVIN: The New Economic Order – Risks and Opportunities
"Hot Takes" with Geoff Colvin at #SHRM19
Geoff Colvin, Special Lecture, GSS IV, 2017 CNS Annual Meeting
Bestselling Author GEOFF COLVIN: Talent Is Overrated Speech ...

Geoff Colvin Reviews

  • A powerful exposition of the strengths and limitations of technology in shaping our lives and addressing today's greatest challenges. More than ever, as Colvin demonstrates, we need people who embody the most human of qualities. An uplifting account of the enduring potential of humanity itself.
    Unknown - Jul 16 2015

  • Through a series of practical case studies and insights, Colvin clearly demonstrates that – regardless of where the future takes us – emotional intelligence will remain one of the most valuable human skills and the Human Element will remain a differentiator.
    Unknown - Jul 16 2015

  • Beautifully written and deeply researched, Humans are Underrated is one of the most creative and insightful leadership books I have ever read. It is a triumph!
    Unknown - Jul 16 2015

Geoff Colvin News

  • The Role of the CEO Is Permanently Chnaged

    It was an unexpected introduction to the CEO’s job in the age of the pandemic. Laxman Narasimhan was running a video meeting with colleagues at Reckitt Benckiser Group, the U.K.-based maker of cleaning and personal care products—Lysol, Woolite, Clearasil, many others.

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