Marcus Buckingham

Marcus Buckingham


Marcus Buckingham is a British-American New York Times bestselling author, researcher, motivational speaker and business consultant best known for promoting what he calls "Strengths." Basing most of his writing on extensive survey data from interviews with workers in countries around the world, he promotes the idea that people will get the best results by making the most of their strengths rather than by putting too much emphasis on weaknesses or perceived deficiencies.

Marcus Buckingham graduated from Cambridge University with a master's degree in political science. While studying at Cambridge, he was recruited by educational psychology professor Donald O. Clifton, the founder of Selection Research, Incorporated (SRI). Clifton had co-founded SRI to develop interviews that would allow businesses to identify talents in individuals, in order to match people to the right roles.

SRI acquired The Gallup Organization in 1988, and took on the Gallup name. As part of Gallup, Buckingham became a member of a team working on a survey that measured a broad range of factors that contribute to employee engagement. Based on those surveys and on interviews with thousands of managers, Buckingham published (with coauthor Curt Coffman) First, Break All The Rules (Simon and Schuster, 1999). According to its subtitle, the book describes "what the world's greatest managers do differently" The book became a New York times bestseller and has over a million copies in print.

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    Go Put Your Strengths to Work

    By Marcus Buckingham
    Item #: 29ASE
    Research data show that most people do not make full use of their strengths on the job –– only 17 percent of individuals believe they use all of their strengths at work. Buckingham intends to change that through a six-step, six-week experience that will reveal the hidden magnitude of your strengths.
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    By Marcus Buckingham
    Item #: 3402
    StandOut introduces the next-generation strengths assessment from Marcus Buckingham, co-author of Now, Discover Your Strengths. The StandOut assessment unveils your two key strength roles and shows you how to find your edge and win at work. Whether you're an individual who wants to find your edge, a manager trying to fully understand the strengths of your team, or a leader in an organization looking to stay on the cutting edge of the strengths movement, you need ...
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    Webinar: The 6 Powerful Steps to Achieve Outstanding Performance

    By Marcus Buckingham
    Item #: CNF1107A
    Following the million-copy bestsellers First Break All the Rules and Now, Discover Your Strengths, Marcus Buckingham’s Go Put Your Strengths to Work at last answers the ultimate question: How can you actually apply your strengths for maximum success at work? Research data shows that most people do not make full use of their assets at work. This Soundview conference aims to change that through a six-step experience. The 6 Powerful Steps to Achieve Outstanding Performance will show you how to sei
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    First, Break All the Rules

    By Curt Coffman, Marcus Buckingham
    Item #: 2204
    Based on in-depth interviews with more than 80,000 managers at all levels (and in companies of all sizes), the Gallup Organization’s Buckingham and Coffman reveal in this summary what great managers do differently from ordinary managers to coax world class performance out of their workers.
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