In a world in which efficiency and competency rule the workplace, 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.
Marcus Buckingham graduated from Cambridge University in 1987 with a master's degree in social and political science. In his role as an author, independent consultant and speaker, 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. He has appeared on numerous television programs, including "The Today Show" and "The Oprah Winfrey Show". Marcus Buckingham is the author of a number of bestsellers including: First, Break All the Rules (coauthored with Curt Coffman); Now, Discover Your Strengths (coauthored with Donald O. Clifton); The One Thing You Need to Know; Go Put Your Strengths To Work and The Truth About You. His newest book, Find Your Strongest Life, addresses the numerous studies revealing a drastic decline in female happiness over the last 40 years, and offers strategies for reversing this disturbing trend. Buckingham's work provides important insights into maximizing strengths, understanding the crucial differences between leadership and management, and fulfilling the quest for long-lasting personal satisfaction in work and in life. 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. Corporations such as Toyota, Coca-Cola, Master Foods, Wells Fargo, Microsoft, and Disney hail him as a visionary as he has helped to usher in the "strengths revolution". 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.
What he presents:
Find your edge: Win at Work
What the World's Best Managers Do Differently
The Difference between Great Managing and Great Leading
Finding Your Strongest Life