Geoffrey Colvin

The best performers set goals that are not about the outcome but about the process of reaching the outcome.

Geoff Colvn insists you are naturally good at nothing

You are not talented at your job. You never will be. But wait: That’s the good news—because talent, argues Geoff Colvin, doesn’t exist in the first place—at least not in the traditional sense of the word. It is not, he points out, an innate ability. The sooner you realize that Jack Welch, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and you were not meant to be great business … [ Read more ]

Why Talent is Overrated

The conventional wisdom about “natural” talent is a myth. The real path to great performance is a matter of choice.

Geoff Colvin

Excellent performers judge themselves differently than most people do. They’re more specific, just as they are when they set goals and strategies. Average performers are content to tell themselves that they did great or poorly or okay.

By contrast, the best performers judge themselves against a standard that’s relevant for what they’re trying to achieve. Sometimes they compare their performance with their own personal best; sometimes … [ Read more ]

What It Takes To Be Great

Research now shows that the lack of natural talent is irrelevant to great success. The secret? Painful and demanding practice and hard work.

Why Dream Teams Fail

It may be tempting to recruit all-stars and let ’em rip. Don’t do it. Dream teams often become nightmares of dysfunction.

Larry Bossidy

Larry Bossidy has led three Fortune 100 companies. After graduating from Colgate University in 1957 with a B.A. in Economics, he joined General Electric. In a 34-year career at GE, he served in a number of executive and financial positions, and was named vice chairman and executive officer of General Electric Company in 1984. In 1991, he became CEO of manufacturer AlliedSignal and engineered a … [ Read more ]

A Measure of Success

You know a lot about your customers. You know who they are, where they live, what their buying habits are. And if you’re like most companies, you’ve done absolutely nothing with that pile of market intelligence. It just sits there, earning you no money and creating zero shareholder value. Here’s what your company needs to do to put all that hard-won information to work. … [ Read more ]

Should Companies Care?

Sure, if caring brings a profit. And businesses are discovering that it pays to be concerned about society.