Marcus Buckingham

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    Marcus Buckingham: Biography at a Glance

    • Marcus Buckingham is a global researcher, bestselling author, and founder of the Strengths Revolution.
    • In his nearly two decades as a Senior Researcher at Gallup Organization, Buckingham studied the world's best managers and organizations to investigate what drives great performance.
    • His research led to his New York Times bestselling books First, Break All the Rules, Now, Discover Your Strengths, The One Thing You Need to Know, and StandOut.
    • He founded The Marcus Buckingham Company to create strengths-based management training solutions for organizations worldwide.
    • Marcus is hailed as a visionary by corporations such as Toyota, Coca-Cola, Master Foods, Wells Fargo, Microsoft, and Disney and has appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America, The View, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and Larry King Live.


    Marcus Buckingham has dedicated his career to helping individuals discover and capitalize on their personal strengths. Hailed as a visionary by corporations such as Toyota, Coca-Cola, Master Foods, Wells Fargo, Microsoft, and Disney, he has helped to usher in the "strengths revolution," persuasively arguing that people are dramatically more effective, fulfilled and successful when they are able to focus on the best of themselves.

    In his nearly two decades as a Senior Researcher at Gallup Organization, Buckingham studied the world's best managers and organizations to investigate what drives great performance. His research laid the foundation for a string of New York Times best-selling books that use empirical data to challenge preconceptions about achievement. First, Break All the Rules (co-authored with Curt Coffman) kicked things off in 1999, followed by Now, Discover Your Strengths (co-authored with Donald Clifton), The One Thing You Need to Know, Go Put Your Strengths to Work and The Truth About You.

    Buckingham's book, Find Your Strongest Life: What the World's Happiest and Most Successful Women Do Differently, published in 2009, was inspired by the overwhelming response to his appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show-100,000 unique contributors posted messages online after the show and 1.7 million people downloaded his three-hour workshop video. The book tackles head-on the numerous studies revealing a drastic decline in female happiness, and offers strategies for reversing this disturbing trend.

    His most recent book, StandOut: The Groundbreaking New Strengths Assessment from the Leader of the Strengths Revolution, includes assessments that will determine readers' top two strength roles and ultimately assist them to find their edge and win at work.

    In addition to The Oprah Winfrey Show, Marcus Buckingham has been featured on Larry King Live, The Today Show, Good Morning America, and The View. He has been profiled in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Fortune, Fast Company, and Harvard Business Review.

    Buckingham founded TMBC in 2007 to create strengths-based management training solutions for organizations worldwide, and he spreads the strengths message in keynote addresses to over 250,000 people around the globe each year.

    A member of the Secretary of State's Advisory Committee on Leadership and Management, Marcus Buckingham graduated from Cambridge University with a Master's Degree in Social and Political Science. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Jane and children Jackson and Lilia.

    Buckingham currently resides in Beverly Hills.


    Find Your Strongest Life: What the Happiest and Most Successful Women do Differentlyarrow-down

    In this speech, Marcus tells women the powerful secret to bring fulfillment, peace, and control into their lives. The pressures of work, family, and home can seem daunting and relentless at times, leaving the feeling of being disconnected and spread too thin. However, Buckingham argues that women truly can balance all aspects of their lives without feeling overworked, and above all, he helps women reconnect with their purpose. He shows women that they truly can have it all.

    The Truth About You: The Secret to Your Successarrow-down

    In this keynote, Marcus addresses the most pressing of questions that everyone asks themselves: What am I supposed to do with my life? Based on his book, he unlocks the answers to this question and many similar ones, while teaching you how to create higher self-satisfaction and performance in life and work.

    What the World's Best Managers Do Differentlyarrow-down

    What sets great companies apart? Survey data gathered over decades' worth of interviews with thousands of managers and workers around the world 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. What makes the difference? The manager. Marcus will discuss 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; and Accelerate performance by maximizing strengths and neutralizing weaknesses.

    Strengths-Driven Performancearrow-down

    During Marcus's 17 years with the Gallup Organization, he helped to guide ground-breaking research on the world's best leaders, managers and workplaces. Mr. Buckingham will present data from a number of different industries demonstrating the correlation between performance and engagement. He discusses the factors at play with engaged teams vs. disengaged teams and drills down to the most important factor that impacts engagement: the extent to which employees have the opportunity to play to their strengths. Throughout his presentation, he will offer a number of different strategies to support people in leveraging the best of themselves and others in the workplace.

    The Difference Between Great Managing and Great Leadingarrow-down

    The many facets of great managing and great leading could be detailed endlessly, but Marcus Buckingham draws on a wealth of examples to uncover the single controlling insight that lies at the heart of each. Lose sight of this "one thing" and even your best efforts will be diminished or compromised. Success comes to those who remain mindful of the core insight, understand all of its ramifications, and orient their decisions around it.

    Marcus was amazing! He had our associates completely captivated and everyone is talking today about his message and how they can't wait to read Stand Out and find out what their strength roles are. I will also say Marcus is such an amazing speaker – he is quite funny and had the audience laughing a lot. Several people came up to me this morning and said they were so sad when he was finished. He really made a positive impact on our organization.


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