George F. Colony

Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer

As founder, chairman, and CEO of Forrester Research, George is one of the most influential thought leaders in the world of business and technology. He is a trusted advisor to executives around the globe, providing context and clarity around the digital disruptions that change the way we live and work.

George founded Forrester in his basement 30 years ago. He, along with many talented and passionate colleagues, has built the company into one of the world’s most successful independent research and advisory firms with locations in more than 30 countries. George personifies the Forrester experience and the company’s values with direct, honest advice. “When I meet with a client, I have one mission,” George has said. “To tell them something they don’t know.”

Throughout his career, George has made provocative, tenacious, and groundbreaking calls about business and technology. These include the birth of client/server computing, the dot-com implosion, the rise of social computing, the transition from IT to BT (business technology), and the extended Internet connecting the physical world of things to the digital world of information. Most recently, he has described the business opportunities presented by the App Internet, the new computing model combining the power of local devices with the scale of the cloud. “As the Web becomes the AM radio of digital, the mobile App Internet will rise,” George has written. “This market will be dominated by two or three ecosystems — semiclosed worlds built on a closely fitting set of apps, phones, tablets, computers, operating systems, and partners.”

George has addressed international audiences in a number of prestigious settings including the World Economic Forum meetings in Davos, Switzerland and Dalian, China; the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference; the SBS Seoul Digital Forum; the United Nations’ “The Net World Order: Bridging the Global Digital Divide” conference; the ICT World Forum @CeBIT; Le Web; Cambridge University; The Commonwealth Club of California, and the Churchill Club. He has also lectured at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

George’s analysis has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The New York Times, BusinessWeek, the Financial Times, MIT Sloan Management Review, and numerous other media outlets.

You can read George’s latest thinking on his blog, The Counterintuitive CEO, or on Twitter at @gcolony.

George is a graduate of Harvard University.

The Counterintuitive CEO

Blog

Customer Obsession And The CEO

George Colony August 31, 2020
Getting to customer-obsession is a complex, all-in effort that is more of a cause than a program. It flows directly from the heart of an organization – it’s about how you behave and what you value. Here's a rough map of how a CEO can lead this voyage.
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The Time Has Come

George Colony June 4, 2020
To our black employees, clients, friends, and the black community at large, we stand with you against the injustice and inequities brought down on you. It’s not right, it can’t persist, and we can do better. We see you, we hear you, and we stand with you.
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Managing Your Company Through The Coronavirus Pandemic

George Colony April 20, 2020
To navigate the next stage of the coronavirus pandemic, governments and companies must design and enforce Pandemic Management Protocols (PMPs) — a set of procedures and processes by which people will go to the office, go to school, congregate in public, eat in restaurants, travel, and move without causing unmanageable new outbreaks of the virus.
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