Marcus Buckingham

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  • New York Times Best-Selling Author, Researcher, and Founder of the Strengths Revolution
  • Head of ADP Research Institute | People + Performance
  • Expert on Outstanding Leadership and Management Practices



Marcus Buckingham is a global researcher and thought leader focused on unlocking strengths, increasing performance and pioneering the future of how people work.

Building on nearly two decades of experience as a Senior Researcher at Gallup Organization, he currently guides the vision of ADP Research Institute as Head and Talent Expert. He founded The Marcus Buckingham Company in 2006 with a clear mission: to instigate a “strengths  revolution.” It started, as all revolutions do, with the simplest of ideas: that when people spend the majority of each day on the job using their greatest talents and engaged in their favorite tasks, basically doing exactly what they want to do, both they and their organizations will win.

In other words, companies that focus on cultivating employees’ strengths rather than simply improving on people’s weaknesses stand to dramatically increase efficiency and productivity while allowing for maximum personal growth.

In all of his speeches, Marcus demonstrates the correlation between strengths-driven, engaged employees and business fundamentals such as turnover rates, customer satisfaction, profits, and productivity. Challenging entrenched preconceptions about achievement to get to the core of what drives success, Marcus’s strengths-based approach is a win/win scenario that, without exaggeration, will define the future of work.

In his compelling presentations, Marcus Buckingham helps leaders focus on what’s most important for their team right now as Covid-19 shifts us all to a new reality. He breaks down 5 Things All Leaders Should be Doing Today, and his Lead from Strength Virtual Series dives into how individuals and teams can use their strengths to build resilience, connection and confidence. 

 

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  • Reed Elsevier
  • The Wharton School
  • Coca-Cola North America
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Lead From Strength - STRONG LEADER: Build confidence in your followers

As people struggle to make sense of a new and uncertain world, the need for strong leaders is more important than ever. Learn to build clarity and confidence during these extraordinary times an define a new, intelligent, strong way forward.   For all leaders of teams, and teams of teams What the mos ...

As people struggle to make sense of a new and uncertain world, the need for strong leaders is more important than ever. Learn to build clarity and confidence during these extraordinary times an define a new, intelligent, strong way forward.

 

For all leaders of teams, and teams of teams

What the most effective senior leaders do to build clarity and confidence during these dynamic and confusing times.

Marcus shares:

  • The most effective way leaders turn anxiety into confidence
  • How to use StandOut to pinpoint precisely what about you others follow
  • The three rituals to build resilience across your organization

 

Before: Each attendee takes the StandOut strengths assessment (15 mins)

During: 45-minute virtual keynote

After: **Optional Add-ons

  • Strong Leader Series
    • One 45-minute session per week for 3 weeks (this series can be customized per client’s request)
  • Strong Leader Q+A with Marcus Buckingham
    • Marcus will conduct a virtual Q&A with all attendees once a month for four months following the Strong Leader virtual keynote
  • 1:1 strengths coaching with an MB-certified coach/facilitator to deepen a leader’s understanding of their unique and distinct power
  • Virtual deep dive extension sessions with an MB-certified coach/facilitator to expand and reinforce the learning

 

What is the StandOut® Strengths Assessment?

REVEAL YOUR TOP 2 STRENGTH ROLES

  • In 2011, Marcus Buckingham created the StandOut® strengths assessment – an online situational judgment test that measures you against 9 “Strength Roles” and reveals your Top 2. These Roles describe your personal edge – those ingrained traits and tendencies that give you a natural advantage. The 14-page detailed report will help you learn your greatest sources of strength and contribution.
  • To date it has been completed by more than 800,000 people and used as the centerpiece for the Talent practices of many thousands of organizations, both in the US and internationally.
  • Marcus used his two decades of research expertise, and learnings from his leading role in the creation of StrengthsFinder, to develop the next-gen strengths assessment StandOut® · In 2015 Harvard Business Review published StandOut 2.0, a book which helps you learn more about your unique strengths profile.

Lead From Strength - STRONG TEAMS: Create connection across your team

84% of employees do most of their work on teams, and 75% of them say they work on more than one team. High-performing, engaged teams are critical to companies successfully making it through challenging times. With more and more teams becoming virtual, mastering a strengths-based approach to teaming ...

84% of employees do most of their work on teams, and 75% of them say they work on more than one team. High-performing, engaged teams are critical to companies successfully making it through challenging times. With more and more teams becoming virtual, mastering a strengths-based approach to teaming will be the ultimate game-changer. Reveal the unique, most powerful parts of each team member, and watch connections deepen and performance soar.

 

For all team leaders and team members

How to build resilient, high-performing teams using the StandOut strengths assessment.

Marcus shares:

  • The three rituals of the best team leaders
  • What StandOut can reveal about you and each team member
  • How to build resilience, engagement and collaboration across the team

Before: Each attendee takes the StandOut assessment (15 mins)

During: 45-minute virtual keynote

After: **Optional Add-ons

  • Strong Teams Series
    • One 45-minute session per week for 3 weeks (this series can be customized per client’s request)
  • Strong Teams Q+A with Marcus Buckingham
    • Marcus will conduct a virtual Q&A with all attendees once a month for four months following the Strong Teams virtual keynote
  • 1:1 strengths coaching with an MB-certified coach/facilitator to deepen a team member’s understanding of their unique contribution to the team
  • Strong Teams Activity facilitated by an MB-certified coach/facilitator
  • Virtual deep dive extension sessions with an MB-certified coach/facilitator to expand and reinforce the learning

 

What is the StandOut® Strengths Assessment?

REVEAL YOUR TOP 2 STRENGTH ROLES

  • In 2011, Marcus Buckingham created the StandOut® strengths assessment – an online situational judgment test that measures you against 9 “Strength Roles” and reveals your Top 2. These Roles describe your personal edge – those ingrained traits and tendencies that give you a natural advantage. The 14-page detailed report will help you learn your greatest sources of strength and contribution.
  • To date it has been completed by more than 800,000 people and used as the centerpiece for the Talent practices of many thousands of organizations, both in the US and internationally.
  • Marcus used his two decades of research expertise, and learnings from his leading role in the creation of StrengthsFinder, to develop the next-gen strengths assessment StandOut® · In 2015 Harvard Business Review published StandOut 2.0, a book which helps you learn more about your unique strengths profile.

Lead From Strength - STRONG YOU: Discover Your Unique Power

When we lose our rituals, our sense of self can vanish. We begin to fear our weaknesses more than we cherish our strengths. And yet for the sake of all those who rely on us, we need to stay precisely focused on the areas we feel strong. We need to find ways to re-anchor who we are, to re0define,what ...

When we lose our rituals, our sense of self can vanish. We begin to fear our weaknesses more than we cherish our strengths. And yet for the sake of all those who rely on us, we need to stay precisely focused on the areas we feel strong. We need to find ways to re-anchor who we are, to re0define,what we bring to the world around us. Learn how to find this confidence within you by rediscovering your greatest strength.

 

For all employees

How to build your personal resilience and connection with others using the StandOut strengths assessment.

Marcus shares:

  • The three sources of personal resilience
  • How to use StandOut to rediscover and reorient you around your strengths
  • How to use StandOut to strengthen your connection with those you care about

 

Before: Each attendee takes the StandOut assessment (15 mins)

During: 45-minute virtual keynote

After: **Optional Add-ons

  • Strong You Series
    • One 45-minute session per week for 3 weeks (this series can be customized per client’s request)
  • Strong You Q+A with Marcus Buckingham
    • Marcus will conduct a virtual Q&A with all attendees once a month for four months following the Strong You virtual keynote
  • 1:1 strengths coaching with an MB-certified coach/facilitator to deepen an individual’s understanding of their unique contribution to the team
  • Strong You Resilience Activity facilitated by an-MB certified coach/facilitator
  • Virtual deep dive extension sessions with an MB-certified coach/facilitator to expand and reinforce the learning

 

What is the StandOut® Strengths Assessment?

REVEAL YOUR TOP 2 STRENGTH ROLES

  • In 2011, Marcus Buckingham created the StandOut® strengths assessment – an online situational judgment test that measures you against 9 “Strength Roles” and reveals your Top 2. These Roles describe your personal edge – those ingrained traits and tendencies that give you a natural advantage. The 14-page detailed report will help you learn your greatest sources of strength and contribution.
  • To date it has been completed by more than 800,000 people and used as the centerpiece for the Talent practices of many thousands of organizations, both in the US and internationally.
  • Marcus used his two decades of research expertise, and learnings from his leading role in the creation of StrengthsFinder, to develop the next-gen strengths assessment StandOut® · In 2015 Harvard Business Review published StandOut 2.0, a book which helps you learn more about your unique strengths profile.

Lead from Strength: Virtual Experiences for Leaders, Teams + Individuals

During this unprecedented time, Marcus Buckingham is focusing his virtual presentations on how to use your strengths to build resilience in yourself, connection across your team, and confidence in your followers.  For the first time ever, and in partnership with Harvard Business Review, Marcus is ...

During this unprecedented time, Marcus Buckingham is focusing his virtual presentations on how to use your strengths to build resilience in yourself, connection across your team, and confidence in your followers. 

For the first time ever, and in partnership with Harvard Business Review, Marcus is giving away the StandOut 2.0 Strengths Assessment which will be included in each of the following virtual experiences:

1. Strong LEADER- for all leaders of teams, and teams of teams 

In this 45-minute virtual keynote, Marcus shares what the most effective senior leaders do to build clarity during these dynamic and confusing times. He shares:

  • The most effective way leaders turn anxiety into confidence
  • How to use StandOut to pinpoint precisely what about you others follow
  • The three rituals to build resilience across your organization

Optional Add-ons for this topic include:

  • Strong Leader Series
    • One 45-minute session per week for 3 weeks (this series can be customized per client’s request)
  • Strong Leader Q+A with Marcus Buckingham
    • Marcus will conduct a virtual Q&A with all attendees once a month for four months following the Strong Leader virtual keynote
  • 1:1 strengths coaching with an MB-certified coach/facilitator to deepen a leader’s understanding of her/his unique and distinct power
  • Virtual deep dive extension sessions with an MB-certified coach/facilitator to expand and reinforce the learning

 

2. Strong TEAMS - for all team leaders and team members

In this 45-minute virtual keynote, Marcus shares how to build resilient, high-performing teams using the StandOut strengths assessment.

Marcus shares:

  • The three rituals of the best team leaders
  • What StandOut can reveal about you and each team member
  • How to build resilience, engagement and collaboration across the team

Optional Add-ons for this topic include:

  • Strong Teams Series
    • One 45-minute session per week for 3 weeks (this series can be customized per client’s request)
  • Strong Teams Q+A with Marcus Buckingham
    • Marcus will conduct a virtual Q&A with all attendees once a month for four months following the Strong Teams virtual keynote
  • 1:1 strengths coaching with an MB-certified coach/facilitator to deepen a team member’s understanding of her/his unique contribution to the team
  • Strong Teams Activity facilitated by an MB-certified coach/facilitator
  • Virtual deep dive extension sessions with an MB-certified coach/facilitator to expand and reinforce the learning

  

3. Strong YOU - for all employees

In this 45-minute virtual keynote, Marcus shares how to build your personal resilience and connection with others using the StandOut strengths assessment.

Marcus shares:

  • The three sources of personal resilience
  • How to use StandOut to rediscover and reorient you around your strengths
  • How to use StandOut to strengthen your connection with those you care about

Optional Add-ons for this topic include:

  • Strong Teams Series
    • One 45-minute session per week for 3 weeks (this series can be customized per client’s request)
  • Strong Teams Q+A with Marcus Buckingham
    • Marcus will conduct a virtual Q&A with all attendees once a month for four months following the Strong Teams virtual keynote
  • 1:1 strengths coaching with an MB-certified coach/facilitator to deepen a team member’s understanding of her/his unique contribution to the team
  • Strong YOU Resilience Activity facilitated by an-MB certified coach/facilitator
  • Virtual deep dive extension sessions with an MB-certified coach/facilitator to expand and reinforce the learning

Nine Lies About Work

What the research reveals about the real world of work Examine the 9 lies that are pervasive in our organizations Learn the truths behind them, backed by data and research. Discover how you can become a Freethinking Leader. ...

What the research reveals about the real world of work

  • Examine the 9 lies that are pervasive in our organizations
  • Learn the truths behind them, backed by data and research.
  • Discover how you can become a Freethinking Leader.

High-Performance Leadership

How to build a culture of performance Learn the one thing that sets great leaders apart. Explore the 4 levers that leaders use to create a high-performing culture. Get clear about your organization’s core strengths. ...

How to build a culture of performance

  • Learn the one thing that sets great leaders apart.
  • Explore the 4 levers that leaders use to create a high-performing culture.
  • Get clear about your organization’s core strengths.

Find Your Edge, Win at Work

How to drive personal performance Discover the approach that characterizes the most successful people in the world. Pinpoint your competitive advantage. Learn how to apply your competitive advantage at work.   ...

How to drive personal performance

  • Discover the approach that characterizes the most successful people in the world.
  • Pinpoint your competitive advantage.
  • Learn how to apply your competitive advantage at work.

 

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<p><strong>Marcus Buckingham reveals the science behind resilience and offers some surprising advice to leaders on how to cultivate it </strong></p>

Marcus Buckingham reveals the science behind resilience and offers some surprising advice to leaders on how to cultivate it

Bestselling author and leadership and management expert MARCUS BUCKINGHAM demystifies the science behind creating resilient organizations and teams in a piece for Harvard Business Review, “What Really Makes Us Resilient?” Buckingham discusses the findings of his real-world, data driven, global experiments to identify the sources of resilience, how to measure it, and how to cultivate it in yourself and your teams. Here’s what Buckingham advises leaders: 1) Resilience is a reactive state of mind created by exposure to suffering, and 2) The more tangible leaders make the threat, the more resilient people become. Buckingham’s surprising advice to leaders: Don’t sugar-coat harsh reality. Tell people the truth about threats and they will respond with resilience.

 

Buckingham has been a trusted leadership and management thought-leader and bestselling author for decades. He conducts a tremendous amount of meaningful research as the Head of the ADP Research Institute, and synthesizes his findings into useable takeaways regularly in Harvard Business Review. Buckingham is a masterful presenter, in full command of his cutting-edge leadership research, and humanizes the practical process of leading teams to greatness.

<p>Marcus Buckingham is an expert on agile leadership, transforming teams with his ideas about leadership and new ways of working</p>

Marcus Buckingham is an expert on agile leadership, transforming teams with his ideas about leadership and new ways of working

If you do one thing to improve your organization this year, consider listening to a presentation from MARCUS BUCKINGHAM. Buckingham has been a thought leader on leadership and pioneering how people work for decades, as the New York Times Bestselling author, researcher, and founder of the Strengths RevolutionHe brings that knowledge to the stage as he tailors his talks to organizations about agile leadership to improve teams’ effectiveness and focus on what is most important. He stands by the idea that when leaders let people spend time each day doing what they love and are best at, their organizations get their best work. His data-driven research reflects these ideas, and he uses statistics to back everything he shares as the head of the ADP Research Institute, following two decades of experience as a Senior Researcher at Gallup Organization. When Buckingham speaks to teams, he completely revolutionizes the way they think about leading a team, being flexible, and new ways of working, with the goal of providing team leaders with the insights and tools they need to turn talent into performance and drive the organization toward greater success and productivity. Buckingham brings his researched talks to organizations to help them improve their speed and quality of work through agile leadership, help employees live out their strengths at work, and make teams as effective as possible. As Coca-Cola North America shared after a presentation by Buckingham, “Marcus Buckingham spoke two weeks ago and there's still so much positive buzz around the office about his presentation. He takes complex things and breaks them down. People said, 'How can I take this and make it happen for me?' People left wanting to do something, wanting to take action.

Watch him speak on 5 Things All Leaders Should be Doing Today >>

Watch his Lead from Strength Virtual Series, which dives into how individuals and teams can use their strengths to build resilience, connection and confidence >>

<p>Marcus Buckingham is an electrifying leadership and strategic management speaker, anchored by his research and real world experience running teams</p>

Marcus Buckingham is an electrifying leadership and strategic management speaker, anchored by his research and real world experience running teams

When best-selling author and researcher MARCUS BUCKINGHAM stopped by our office recently, he held us spellbound.  He simultaneously gave a master class on leadership and management while inspiring each of us to tap into our very human, personal needs to love what we do (which is different from doing what we love), find belonging on our teams, and capitalize on our strengths. All in the name of creating more resilient, higher performing teams.  His work is not anecdotal or impressionistic, it is squarely and credibly based in the data he generates as part of the ADP Research Institute, which looks at accumulated payroll data that moves the economy, and is backed by Harvard Business Review, for which Buckingham serves on the Editorial Advisory Board.  He also has field experience running productive teams as he built and ran a software company (developing what else but software to build great teams!) which was eventually integrated into the internal systems at WebEx, Cisco, and Microsoft Teams, to name a few. Buckingham often consults and speaks to organizations looking to strengthen their leaders and individual contributors and is praised for his practical, tactical recommendations for increasing productivity, rather than motivation based on rah-rah platitudes.

The leadership and management lessons we all learned from Buckingham during his short time with us, will surely have a lasting impact. We are all inspired to manage our teams better, pay attention to the individual strengths of our team members, and find ways to cultivate those strengths rather than focusing on “areas of development.”  And, we have to admit, each of us felt like he was talking to us one on one. He has that special ability to humanize the real world work we all do. He spoke of our need to identify the “red threads” of satisfaction in the quilt of our daily tasks, and our need to find belonging on our teams, which moves the diversity and inclusion message to a deeper, more essential conversation.  In fact, Buckingham, grounded in his research, is working on a book and a movement called ‘Love + Work’, which takes a more individualistic look at the meaning of our work and ambition in the larger context of our lives. We are here for it!

We can’t recommend Marcus Buckingham highly enough as a speaker.  The messages he left us with are still reverberating around our office. We’re all thinking in bigger ways about what we do and how we collaborate. 

<p><strong>Virtual Programming: If you lead people in these new realities, Marcus Buckingham says every team should do these 5 things</strong></p>

Virtual Programming: If you lead people in these new realities, Marcus Buckingham says every team should do these 5 things

In this dynamic virtual presentation MARCUS BUCKINGHAM helps leaders focus on what’s most important for their team right now. In his talk, If You Lead People Today, Do These 5 Things, Marcus walks teams through what they can do to make their virtual teams the most effective and productive teams possible, even--and especially--during these new realities. Using his two decades of experience as a Senior Researcher at the Gallup Organization and currently, the Head of ADP Research Institute of People and Performance, Marcus’ revolutionary framework for understanding teams combines visionary thinking backed by rigorous research. His work on leveraging the strength of teams and productivity has been memorialized in numerous bestselling books, such as: First, Break All the Rules; Now, Discover Your Strengths; The One Thing You Need to Know; Go Put Your Strengths To Work; The Truth About You; Find Your Strongest Life; StandOut 2.0; and Nine Lies About Work: A Freethinking Leader’s Guide to the Real World

Sponsors rave: "Marcus Buckingham was GREAT! I got a lot of positive feedback from all our company's participants!" (Masterfoods) "Marcus is the most engaging and useful business speaker working today. His advice is grounded in research and at the same time appeals to common sense." (The Wharton School) "Our managers ranked Buckingham the #1 speaker of the meeting, topping the perennial favorites - our CEO and president. What impressed us all was how well Marcus had done his homework. This was no generic speech - it related to our business and our people, in a motivating, challenging and useful way" (Walgreens) 

Marcus has been profiled in nearly every important publication such as The New York Times, Fortune, Fast Company, Harvard Business Review, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal. He is frequently in demand for TV appearances, having appeared on The Today Show and The Oprah Winfrey Show amongst many others. Corporations as diverse as Coca-Cola, Microsoft and Disney employ his ideas and often invite Marcus to speak

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About  Marcus Buckingham

Leader of the Strengths Revolution

Once you’ve broken all the rules and launched your career by writing an instant classic management book, what do you do for an encore? If you’re Marcus Buckingham, you dedicate yourself to understanding what makes world-class managers excel, bottling it, and sharing it with the world.

Marcus first conquered the bestseller lists in 1999 with First, Break All the Rules. While the title may imply an iconoclastic streak, his continuing plea for managers to break with tradition has nothing to do with rebellion; instead, he argues, rules must be broken and discarded because they stifle the originality and uniqueness — the strengths — that can enable all of us to achieve our highest performance. The goal is to provide team leaders with the insights and tools they need to turn talent into performance and drive the organization toward greater success and productivity.

The definitive treatment of strengths in the workplace can be found in his best-selling books: Building on the success of StandOut (2011), StandOut 2.0 has launched not just a strengths assessment but an entire productivity platform based on a new research methodology to reveal a person’s top two “strength Roles”— areas of comparative advantage. StandOut 2.0 goes beyond description to give people practical innovations that fit their strengths, and give team leaders quick insights on how to get the best from each of their team members.  His latest book, Nine Lies About Work: A Freethinking Leader’s Guide to the Real World (Harvard Business Publishing, 2019) takes an in-depth look at the lies that pervade our workplaces and the core truths that will help us change it for the better.

The goal  is to provide team leaders with the insights and tools they need to turn  talent into performance.

As an internationally renowned thought leader and business expert, Marcus has been the subject of in-depth profiles in The New York Times, Fortune, Fast Company, Harvard Business Review, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal and has appeared on numerous television programs, including “Larry King Live,” “The Today Show” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” He is routinely lauded by such corporations as Toyota, Facebook, lululemon, Coca-Cola, Box, Master Foods, Wells Fargo, Microsoft, and Disney as an invaluable resource in informing, challenging, mentoring and inspiring people to find their strengths and sustain long-lasting personal success.