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Geoff Colvin on Why Talent is Overrated

The real answer to why some people are great at what they do.

Date: January 23, 2009

By: Geoff Colvin

Podcast #: 09-04

Price: Free


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Why are some people – Tiger Woods, Warren Buffett, Yo-Yo Ma – so incredibly accomplished at what they do, while millions of others in those same fields never become very good? Why are some people so extraordinarily creative and innovative? Why can some continue to perform great at ages when conventional wisdom would deem it impossible?

Those are the questions Geoff Colvin set out to answer in Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers From Everybody Else.

About the Author(s)

Geoff Colvin Geoff Colvin is a leading thinker, writer, broadcaster, and speaker on today’s most significant trends in business. As a longtime editor and columnist for Fortune Magazine, he has become one of America’s sharpest and most respected commentators on leadership and management, globalization, shareholder value creation, the environmental imperative, and related issues.

Geoff is heard daily across America on the CBS Radio Network, where he reaches 7 million listeners a week and has made more than 10,000 broadcasts. As anchor of Wall Street Week with Fortune on PBS for three years, he spoke each week to the largest audience reached by any business television program in America.

Geoff is an honors graduate of Harvard with a degree in economics, and he holds an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

AMA is one of the most widely recognized leaders in business training, having provided corporate training solutions for over 95 years. From leadership, communication and managerial training to sales, customer service and analytical skills, AMA has developed a vast array of content and training solutions to help individuals and organizations achieve business results . Each year, AMA delivers thousands of seminars and courses across the United States. With courses offered in a  classroom near you or live online, AMA is a flexible, convenient resource for all of your organization's talent development needs. AMA also offers customized solutions based on your specific talent development requirements.

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