Geoff Colvin: Senior Editor at Large for Fortune Magazine | #40

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Geoff Colvin is an award-wining thinker, author, broadcaster, and speaker on today’s most significant trends in business. As a longtime editor and columnist for FORTUNE, he has become one of America’s sharpest and most respected commentators on leadership and related issues. Hear Geoff discuss leadership insights from his bestselling book Talent is Overrated and his latest book Humans are Underrated: What High Achievers Know That Brilliant Machines Never Will.
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Geoff credits his success to growing up in a supportive environment. It’s very important to have a place where you can try different things and be supported in what you want to do without excessive criticism. It’s a balance of having freedom to try different things, and being gently pushed to go further than you thought you could – but not shoved.
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Think of a mentor who has helped you in your career. How did that person support you?
How can you provide a more supportive environment for your team?

When people use the term “natural talent,” it belies all the hard work involved in becoming great at something. Geoff’s book was written on the premise that great performance comes from deliberate practice.
Natural talent, the ability to do something, is overrated. The world’s greatest performers know that hard work is what brings success, and they resent being told they have a great natural talent because it makes it sound easy. Becoming great at something is never easy.
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Do you think natural talent is overrated?
Do you believe someone can become great at something by deliberate practice alone?

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