Troy University students to have conference call with Fortune magazine editor

Posted: Monday, 28 November 2011

TROY – Geoff Colvin, senior editor-at-large of Fortune magazine and author of the book "Talent is Overrated," will lecture and hold a question and answer session during a one-hour conference call with Troy University students at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday on the Troy Campus.

Colvin is a leading thinker, writer, broadcaster, and speaker on today's most significant trends in business. His best-selling book "Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else" received the Harold Longman Award for Best Business Book of 2009 and is the Reading Initiative selection for the TROY's College of Communications and Fine Arts.

"Talent is Overrated" focuses on research and examples that suggest that success is the result of "deliberate practice" or a well-defined set of activities rather than just special gifts or innate abilities.

TROY's College of Communication and Fine Arts has held various activities throughout the semester focusing on the topic including lectures and discussions for students and the public in both Troy and Dothan and a performance of "The Odyssey Project," written by Troy University alumnus Tommy Newman.

"Dr. James Ortego, interim chair of English on our Dothan campus, arranged for Mr. Colvin to talk with a panel of faculty and students about his book," said Dr. Maryjo Cochran, dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts. "We are pleased to be able to offer students the opportunity to hear directly from the author through this conference call and have the chance to ask questions and gain further insight. While the existence of talent is an important component, deliberate practice and focused effort are also vitally important to achieving success."

David Kirby, lecturer in TROY's Hall School of Journalism, will serve as moderator for the discussion. Dr. Mark Walker, director of bands and associate professor in the John M. Long School of Music, Jerry Johnson of the University's Department of Art and Design and Quinton Cockrell of the Department of Theatre and Dance will participant in a panel discussion during the question and answer session.

Colvin is also author of "The Upside of the Downturn: Ten Management Strategies to Prevail in the Recession and Thrive in the Aftermath," which was named the best management book of 2009 by Strategy + Business magazine.

Directorship magazine has named Colvin one of the 100 most influential figures in corporate governance. He has spoken on governance and shareholder value at corporate gatherings around the world and has advised Japan's Ministry of Finance on the issue.

As a speaker, Colvin has engaged hundreds of audiences on six continents. He is also a skilled on-stage interviewer whose subjects have included Bill Gates, Alan Greenspan, Henry Kissinger, Jack Welch, Steve Case, Richard Branson, Ted Turner, Peter Drucker, H.R.H. the Prince of Wales, 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.