Marcus Buckingham

  • Bestselling Author, First, Break All The Rules and Now, Discover Your Strengths
  • 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.

 

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  • Reed Elsevier
  • The Wharton School
  • Coca-Cola North America
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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.

Lead From Strength

What the best team leaders do differently Discover the one ritual that all great team leaders have in common. Learn the single concept that the best team leaders apply with their teams. Identify your particular strengths as a team leader. ...

What the best team leaders do differently

  • Discover the one ritual that all great team leaders have in common.
  • Learn the single concept that the best team leaders apply with their teams.
  • Identify your particular strengths as a team 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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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.