Geoff Colvin

Tagline: Business Trends

Talent Highlights

  • Geoff Colvin is an award-winning author, broadcaster, and speaker on the most significant trends and issues impacting business and the economy.
  • As Fortune magazine’s Senior Editor-at-Large, Colvin has an insider’s perspective fueled by long-standing relationships with the world’s top leaders in business and government.

Keynote Topics

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

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

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

Through his work at Fortune, Geoff Colvin gets to see top business leaders up close. Over the years, he’s gotten to know many of those leaders on a personal level.

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

Through his work at Fortune, Geoff Colvin gets to see top business leaders up close. Over the years, he’s gotten to know many of those leaders on a personal level.

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

Travels From:

  • New York, NY

Fee Range:

  • Fees: On Request

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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 […]

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.

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.

Geoff Colvin | Business Trends Speaker

Career in Journalism

Colvin’s journey into the world of journalism began when he joined Fortune Magazine in 1985 as a Senior Editor. Over the years, he became renowned for his incisive analysis of business trends, economic developments, and the dynamics of the corporate world. His work at Fortune allowed him to gain deep insights into the world of business and leadership, which would later inform his speaking engagements.

Colvin’s contributions as a journalist extended beyond print media. He became a regular commentator on CNBC, where he provided expert analysis on economic and business matters. His ability to explain complex economic concepts in a relatable manner made him a trusted source of information for both seasoned professionals and everyday investors.

Authorship and Expertise

Geoff Colvin’s credibility as a speaker rests on his extensive authorship, which includes several critically acclaimed books. One of his most influential works is “Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else.” In this book, Colvin challenges the notion of innate talent, arguing that deliberate practice, resilience, and a growth mindset are the true determinants of exceptional performance. His insights have had a profound impact on how individuals and organizations view talent development and success.

Another notable work by Colvin is “Humans Are Underrated: What High Achievers Know That Brilliant Machines Never Will.” In this book, he explores the evolving relationship between humans and technology in the workplace. Colvin argues that as automation and artificial intelligence become more prevalent, uniquely human skills such as empathy, creativity, and social intelligence will become increasingly valuable. This thought-provoking perspective has significant implications for individuals and organizations seeking to thrive in the digital age.

Speaking Engagements

Geoff Colvin’s prowess as a speaker is characterized by his ability to synthesize complex ideas and deliver them in a clear, engaging, and relatable manner. He has addressed diverse audiences, including business leaders, entrepreneurs, and professionals across various industries. His speaking engagements often revolve around key themes:

  • Talent Development: Colvin emphasizes the importance of deliberate practice, continuous learning, and adaptability in achieving exceptional performance.

  • Innovation: He encourages organizations to foster a culture of innovation by valuing human skills that machines cannot replicate.

  • Leadership: Colvin offers insights into effective leadership in an ever-changing world, emphasizing the need for agility, resilience, and a growth mindset.

  • Economic and Business Trends: Drawing on his journalistic background, he provides up-to-date analysis and forecasts of economic and business developments.

Impact and Legacy

Geoff Colvin’s impact as a speaker can be measured not only by the number of audiences he has inspired but also by the lasting change he has instigated in the business world. His thought leadership has reshaped the way individuals and organizations approach talent development, leadership, and innovation.

In an era marked by rapid technological advancements and economic uncertainties, Colvin’s message is particularly relevant. He reminds us that while the world may change at an unprecedented pace, the enduring qualities of resilience, adaptability, and the pursuit of excellence remain timeless. Geoff Colvin continues to inspire and equip individuals and organizations to thrive in an ever-evolving landscape, making him a speaker whose influence will be felt for years to come.

Conclusion

Geoff Colvin’s journey from a Harvard-educated journalist to a renowned speaker and author is a testament to his commitment to sharing valuable insights with the world. His thought-provoking perspectives on talent, innovation, and leadership have left an indelible mark on the business and professional development landscape.

Through his speaking engagements, Colvin empowers individuals and organizations to navigate the complexities of the modern world with confidence and competence. As a speaker who inspires excellence and innovation, Geoff Colvin’s impact extends far beyond the stage, making him a trusted guide for those seeking to thrive in an ever-changing world.

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.

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