Marcus Buckingham

Employee Engagement, Human Resources, Leadership, Management, Thinkers50

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Marcus Buckingham Profile

Cambridge University Masters graduate Marcus Buckingham founded The Marcus Buckingham Company in 2005 to help promote his credo that no company can truly thrive unless it focuses on the strengths of their workers and gives those workers the opportunity to use them.

Using his two decades of experience as a Senior Researcher at Gallup Organization, Marcus has proposed a revolutionary agenda which combines visionary thinking backed by rigorous research. He has propounded his ideas in numerous bestselling books: First, Break All the Rules (coauthored with Curt Coffman; Simon & Schuster, 1999); Now, Discover Your Strengths (coauthored with Donald O. Clifton; The Free Press, 2001); The One Thing You Need to Know (The Free Press, 2005); Go Put Your Strengths To Work (The Free Press, 2007); The Truth About You (Thomas Nelson, 2008); Find Your Strongest Life (Thomas Nelson, 2009) and his latest New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, StandOut.

Marcus Buckingham believes in what he calls the “strengths revolution”; the idea that the most productive and successful workplace is one in which employees spend 75% plus of each day on tasks which demand their strongest skills and which they like doing best. Quite simply, if employees are doing what they like best they will be at their most productive and experience the highest degree of personal growth.

The key to Marcus’ “revolution” is his rigorous statistical analysis; speaking to more than 250,000 people worldwide each year, he roots concepts which some would be tempted to dismiss as fantasy in solid statistical fact drawn from years of research, showing that by allowing employees to focus on their greatest strengths companies will get the greatest benefits.

Marcus has been profiled in virtually every important journal in the USA, including 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.

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    In a workplace ruled by efficiency and competency, where do
    personal strengths fit in?

    Marcus Buckingham has dedicated his career to addressing this complex issue. Using his nearly two decades of experience as a Senior Researcher at Gallup Organization, he has challenged entrenched preconceptions about achievement to get to the core of what drives success.

    The definitive treatment of strengths in the workplace can be found in Buckingham’s best-selling books: First, Break All the Rules (coauthored with Curt Coffman; Simon & Schuster, 1999); Now, Discover Your Strengths (coauthored with Donald O. Clifton; The Free Press, 2001); The One Thing You Need to Know (The Free Press, 2005); Go Put Your Strengths To Work (The Free Press, 2007); The Truth About You (Thomas Nelson, 2008) and Find Your Strongest Life (Thomas Nelson, 2009).

    His latest project is the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller StandOut, a book and strengths assessment combination that uses a new research methodology to reveal your top two “strength Roles” — your areas of comparative advantage. StandOut goes beyond description to give people practical innovations that fit their strengths, and provide managers with quick insights on how to get the best from each of their team members.

    The goal is to move companies toward greater success and productivity by creating a workplace in which employees spend more than 75% of each day on the job using their strongest skills and engaged in their favorite tasks, basically doing exactly what they want to do. Companies that focus on cultivating employees’ strengths rather than simply improving their weaknesses stand to dramatically increase efficiency while allowing for maximum personal growth.

    If such a theory sounds revolutionary, that’s because it is. Buckingham calls it the “strengths revolution,” and he founded The Marcus Buckingham Company (TMBC) in 2005 to help jump-start a worldwide conversation about how to get people focused on their strengths.

    As he addresses more than 250,000 people around the globe each year, Buckingham touts this strengths revolution as the key to finding the most effective route to personal achievement and the missing link to the efficiency, competence, and high performance for which companies constantly strive. He challenges conventional wisdom and shows the correlation between engaged employees and business fundamentals such as turnover rates, customer satisfaction, profits and productivity.

    In his role as an author, independent consultant and speaker, Marcus Buckingham 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. He has appeared on numerous television programs, including The Today Show and The Oprah Winfrey Show, and is routinely lauded by such corporations as Toyota, Coca-Cola, 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

    Marcus Buckingham graduated from Cambridge University in 1987 with a master’s degree in social and political science.

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Marcus explains that it is not good enough to simply try to replicate success in other companies; managers must analyze the strengths of their workforce and develop techniques that will allow the workforce to employ those strengths. Marcus leads the audience away from the one-size fits all approach and gives you a toolkit for getting the best out of every individual.

Using his unrivalled statistical analysis, Marcus uses survey data from decades of interviews with managers and workers around the world to show that there are no great companies, only great teams, and that the quality of the team depends on the quality of the manager and his/her ability to maximize the strengths of the team’s individual members.

Many billions of words have been written and spoken concerning the best way to manage and the best way to lead, but Marcus Buckingham uses the very best research to elucidate the key to success in both these spheres. He illustrates that those who do not keep this key in mind at all times cannot hope for optimal success, however hard they work.

Strengths-driven Performance

During Buckingham’s years with the Gallup Organization, he helped guide groundbreaking research on what defines the world’s best leaders, managers and workplaces. This research was used as a basis for his best-selling books First, Break all the Rules and Now Discover Your Strengths. His subsequent best-selling book Go Put Your Strengths to Work forms the foundation for this keynote address.

Marcus Buckingham presents key data from a number of industries that demonstrate the correlation between performance and engagement. He discusses the factors at play with engaged teams versus disengaged teams, and drills down to the specific lever that recent research indicates most impacts engagement—the extent to which employees have the opportunity to play to their strengths.

Buckingham says when employees have the opportunity to apply their greatest strengths at work, they turbocharge their careers and everybody wins; companies find their employees are more productive and their teams are more effective. Despite this, research shows a majority of people do not fully use their strengths at work. Buckingham examines current corporate levels of engaging the strengths of employees and looks at the psychological and practical obstacles that can get in the way of creating a strengths-based organization. Throughout his presentation, he offers a number of different strategies to support people in leveraging the best of themselves and others in the workplace.

Find Your Edge: Win at Work

Buckingham says that the future of learning and development will focus on only delivering innovations and techniques that fit his or her individual strengths. Excellence happens all the time in an organization, but it can be tricky to harness this excellence and make it work for the organization. So often, when companies try to reproduce what their best performers do, the result is just another lifeless policy that ends up constraining people instead of freeing them to do their best work. Buckingham says the key is to help people put innovative ideas into practice without stifling the personal strengths that give them their edge.

In this speech, Buckingham presents a customized best-practice delivery system for both managers and employees. Using a simple, easy-to-remember scheme to identify each person’s unique combination of strengths, Buckingham gives individuals tips and techniques on how to put their particular edge to use. Managers will get lots of raw material to be better coaches based on the specific strengths of their team members. At the end of the speech, you will know how to move beyond the one-size-fits-all approach and find those practices that are best for you.

It’s the Team Leader…

In this presentation, Buckingham shares information gathered over decades of interviews with thousands of managers and workers around the world. He says the data reveals one simple truth: there are no great companies. Every company is made up of separate teams, and the performance of those teams—no matter how successful the company may be—varies widely. The manager makes the difference.

Managers play a significant role in creating an environment within which individuals can thrive, discover their talents, and use their best selves daily. Great managers help people to identify and leverage their unique strengths. Buckingham discusses the four key demands a manager must fulfill in order to provide the kind of environment that enables people to achieve peak performance on a regular basis:

  • Select the right people for the right roles
  • Clarify expectations of the manager and of the employee
  • Engage team members by paying constant attention
  • Accelerate performance by maximizing strengths and neutralizing weaknesses.

In short, his presentation addresses how great managers turn talents into performance.

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“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.”
Rena Holland,
Human Resources,
Coca-Cola North America

“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.”
Peter Cappelli
George W. Taylor Professor of Management Director
Center for Human Resources
The Wharton School
University of Pennsylvania

“Marcus Buckingham′s presentation was thought-provoking and extremely relevant to our clients′ current issues. His presentation style was engaging, entertaining and extremely genuine. We′ve completed the client survey for his speaker agency and have given Marcus Buckingham a “10 out of 10″ on every question!”
Mary Jane Grant,
Reed Elsevier

“Marcus Buckingham was GREAT! I got a lot of positive feedback from all our company′s participants, and consider the meeting to be very successful overall. Working with Marcus Buckingham and his team was a fantastic experience.”
Jon Murray,
National Retail Operations , Masterfoods

“Marcus Buckingham was just starting to interest and charm 4,000-plus Walgreen store managers when the fire alarm in the huge Las Vegas ballroom went off. Disembodied hotel voices announced all was OK, but the crowd grew noticeably anxious as bright lights continued to flash. Not Marcus and before too long, not our audience. His well-researched and very well-delivered remarks overcame adversity few speakers ever encounter. 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.”
Polly Bruno,

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Books by Marcus Buckingham:

StandOut: The Groundbreaking New Strengths Assessment from the Leader of the Strengths Revolution

StandOut, the revolutionary new book and online assessment tool from Marcus Buckingham, is the result of extensive research, statistical testing, and analysis of the world′s top performers. From the coauthor of Now, Discover Your Strengths and the recognized leader of the strengths movement, StandOut unveils your top two Strength Roles and offers sharp, practical ideas that professionals and managers in any organization can use to find their edge and win at work.

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The Truth About You: Your Secret to Success

An Experience to Revolutionize Your Life from Marcus Buckingham – the World′s Leading Expert on Career Success!

Want to know what you are supposed to do with your life? The Truth About You is an experience to unlock life′s toughest questions. The process this revolutionary toolkit teaches will create higher satisfaction and performance in life and work. This cutting-edge product includes:

  • Enhanced DVD. A high-energy film reveals how and why you must discover and prioritize your strengths and includes access to a wealth of downloadable resources, including five bonus Strength Tip videos.
  • Interactive Book. With insightful exercises and tried-and-true life wisdom no one else will tell you, the book takes you to the location of your most powerful and unchanging talents.
  • ReMemo Pad. Designed for a life on-the-go, the ReMemo Pad becomes your companion to complete the task of revealing your strengths using your everyday experiences.

Perfect for high school and college students, young professionals, and people simply wanting to revitalize their career, The Truth About You helps you develop the kind of clarity and passion that drives a successful and satisfying future. Marcus Buckingham will help you discover the real truth, the truth about you . . . it will be your secret to success.

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Now, Discover Your Strengths

Unfortunately, most of us have little sense of our talents and strengths, much less the ability to build our lives around them. Instead, guided by our parents, by our teachers, by our managers, and by psychology′s fascination with pathology, we become experts in our weaknesses and spend our lives trying to repair these flaws, while our strengths lie dormant and neglected.

Marcus Buckingham, coauthor of the national bestseller First, Break All the Rules, and Donald O. Clifton, Chair of the Gallup International Research & Education Center, have created a revolutionary program to help readers identify their talents, build them into strengths, and enjoy consistent, near-perfect performance. At the heart of the book is the Internet-based StrengthsFinder® Profile, the product of a 25-year, multimillion-dollar effort to identify the most prevalent human strengths. The program introduces 34 dominant “themes” with thousands of possible combinations, and reveals how they can best be translated into personal and career success. In developing this program, Gallup has conducted psychological profiles with more than two million individuals to help readers learn how to focus and perfect these themes.

So how does it work? This book contains a unique identification number that allows you access to the StrengthsFinder Profile on the internet. This web-based interview analyzes your instinctive reactions and immediately presents you with your five most powerful signature themes. Once you know which of the 34 themes — such as Achiever, Activator, Empathy, Futuristic, or Strategic — you lead with, the book will show you how to leverage them for powerful results at three levels: for your own development, for your success as a manager, and for the success of your organization.

With accessible and profound insights on how to turn talents into strengths, and with the immediate on-line feedback of StrengthsFinder at its core, Now, Discover Your Strengths is one of the most groundbreaking and useful business books ever written.

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