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Marcus Buckingham

He is the author of nine books, and his latest release—Nine Lies About Work: A Freethinking Leader’s Guide to the Real World—takes an in-depth look at the lies that pervade our workplaces.

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Marcus Buckingham is a global researcher and thought leader focused on unlocking strengths, increasing performance, and pioneering the future of how people work. He is the author of two of the bestselling business books of all time, has two of Harvard Business Review’s most circulated, industry-changing cover articles, and his strengths assessments have been taken by over 10 million people worldwide. Building on nearly two decades of experience as a Senior Researcher at Gallup Organization, he currently guides the vision of the ADP Research Institute as Head of People + Performance research. 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, 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. Ideas that Change Lives The most inspirational data geek you’ll ever meet. He might just change your life — and your entire organization. 4 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 employees and 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 definitive treatment of strengths in the workplace can be found in his 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)

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Marcus Buckingham's Programs

“Resilience: How to build it in yourselves and in those you lead”

All of us are struggling to be resilient during these challenging times. In this session, Marcus reveals discoveries about the sources of resilience from the largest global study of resilience yet undertaken. The study included 25,000 workers in 25 countries, all participating in a deep dive into why some people are able to sustain their power and their energy while others wane. In this session you will learn:

  • The three key sources of resilience
  • The ten questions to measure resilience
  • The most effective techniques to build resilience in yourself, your organization, and in those you lead


  • Discover the one ritual that all great leaders have in common
  • Learn how to build a high-performance culture


  • Learn how to pinpoint and apply your greatest strengths
  • Identify your strengths as an individual, manager, or organization leader

Nine Lies about Work

  • From Marcus’s newest book, examine the 9 lies that are pervasive in our organizations and learn the truths behind them, backed by data and research
  • Discover how you can become a Freethinking Leader

Coming soon: “Love + Work” (Harvard Business Press) • How to find what you love, love what you do, and do it for the rest of your

Marcus Buckingham's Books