Geoff Colvin

Books by Geoff Colvin


Humans Are Underrated: What High Achievers Know That Brilliant Machines Never Will

Available in: Paperback, Hardcover

As technology races ahead, what will people do better than computers?

What hope will there be for us when computers can drive cars better than humans, predict Supreme Court decisions better than legal experts, identify faces, scurry helpfully around offices and factories, even perform some surgeries, all faster, more reliably, and less expensively than people?

It's easy to imagine a nightmare scenario in which computers simply take over most of the tasks that people now get paid to do. While we'll still need high-level decision makers and computer developers, those tasks won't keep most working-age people employed or allow their living standard to rise. The unavoidable question--will millions of people lose out, unable to best the machine?--is increasingly dominating business, education, economics, and policy.

The bestselling author of Talent Is Overrated explains how the skills the economy values are changing in historic ways. The abilities that will prove most essential to our success are no longer the technical, classroom-taught left-brain skills that economic advances have demanded from workers in the past. Instead, our greatest advantage lies in what we humans are most powerfully driven to do for and with one another, arising from our deepest, most essentially human abilities--empathy, creativity, social sensitivity, storytelling, humor, building relationships, and expressing ourselves with greater power than logic can ever achieve. This is how we create durable value that is not easily replicated by technology--because we're hardwired to want it from humans.

These high-value skills create tremendous competitive advantage--more devoted customers, stronger cultures, breakthrough ideas, and more effective teams. And while many of us regard these abilities as innate traits--"he's a real people person," "she's naturally creative"--it turns out they can all be developed. They're already being developed in a range of far-sighted organizations, such as:

- the Cleveland Clinic, which emphasizes empathy training of doctors and all employees to improve patient outcomes and lower medical costs;
- the U.S. Army, which has revolutionized its training to focus on human interaction, leading to stronger teams and greater success in real-world missions;
- Stanford Business School, which has overhauled its curriculum to teach interpersonal skills through human-to-human experiences.

As technology advances, we shouldn't focus on beating computers at what they do--we'll lose that contest. Instead, we must develop our most essential human abilities and teach our kids to value not just technology but also the richness of interpersonal experience. They will be the most valuable people in our world because of it. Colvin proves that to a far greater degree than most of us ever imagined, we already have what it takes to be great.


Managing the Cycle of Meltdowns for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Available in: Paperback
Based on Geoff Colvin's bestselling book, "Managing the Cycle of Acting-Out Behavior in the Classroom," this practitioner-friendly guide provides special and general education teachers of autistic students with a six-phase positive behavior support model that includes interventions for each phase. Outlining practical steps for preventing and responding to the various phases of meltdown behavior in students with autism spectrum disorder, you'll find:
- An overview of ASD
- Examples of meltdown behavior
- Common triggers
- Addressing sensory issues
- Establishing expectations and rules
- Collaborating with parents
- And much more
Teachers will find experienced guidance for providing a supportive environment in which students with ASD can succeed.

The Upside of the Downturn: Ten Management Strategies to Prevail in the Recession and Thrive in the Aftermath

Available in: Paperback, Hardcover
Never waste a crisis.
Some businesses and some people will emerge from today s economic tumult stronger and more dominant than when it started. Others will weaken and fade. It all depends on critical choices they make right now.

Geoff Colvin, one of America s most respected business jour-nalists, says even the scariest turbulence has an upside. The best managers know that conventional thinking won t help them in tough times. They re taking smart, practical steps frequently unconventional and even counterintuitive that will not only keep them strong, but will also distance them from the pack for years to come.

The dozens of top-performing leaders Colvin interviewed reject the common view that slashing costs and firing employees are the only effective tactics. They see volatility as a rich opportunity to reinvent their organizations and lay the ground-work for future growth.

Colvin shows us how these strategies really work, using exam-ples of major companies that have successfully applied them."


Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else

Available in: Paperback
Expanding on a landmark cover story in "Fortune," a top journalist debunks the myths of exceptional performance. Colvin has expanded his article with much more scientific background and real-world examples, which will inspire readers to achieve more in all they do.

Seven Steps for Developing a Proactive Schoolwide Discipline Plan: A Guide for Principals and Leadership Teams

Available in: Paperback, Hardcover

Keep your school on track with this powerful research-based behavior management tool!

This practical handbook offers administrators and school leaders a seven-step process for effectively preparing and implementing a schoolwide behavior discipline plan. Developed from a five-year federally funded project, this collaborative, proactive tool has been field-tested successfully in over 60 schools nationwide. Offering user-friendly forms and checklists, the author provides explicit instructions to help educators:

  • Define the purpose of the plan
  • Establish schoolwide behavior expectations
  • Teach and sustain behavior expectations
  • Correct problem behaviors
  • Collect and utilize data
  • Maintain the plan over time