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Marcus Buckingham
"Leading Authority on Employee Productivity"
Marcus Buckingham Expertise: Leadership • Corporate Culture • Human Resources • Employee Relations • Management
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Location: California
In a world where efficiency and competency rule the workplace, where do personal strengths fit in? It's a complex question, one that intrigued Cambridge-educated Marcus Buckingham so greatly, he set out to answer it by challenging years of social theory and utilizing his nearly two decades of research experience as a Sr. Researcher at The Gallup Organization to break through the preconceptions about achievement and get to the core of what drives success.

The result of his persistence, and arguably the definitive answer to the strengths question, can be found in Buckingham’s trio of 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); and The One Thing You Need to Know (The Free Press, 2005).
In the books, the author gives important insights to maximizing strengths, understanding the crucial differences between leadership and management, and fulfilling the quest for long-lasting personal success.

What would happen if men and women spent more than 75% of each day on the job using their strongest skills and engaged in their favorite tasks, basically doing exactly what they wanted to do?

According to Marcus Buckingham (who spent years interviewing thousands of employees at every career stage and who is widely considered one of the world's leading authorities on employee productivity and the practices of leading and managing), companies that focus on cultivating employees’ strengths rather than simply improving their weaknesses stand to dramatically increase efficiency while allowing for maximum personal growth and success.

If such a theory sounds revolutionary, that's because it is. Marcus Buckingham calls it the "strengths revolution."

As he addresses more than 250,000 audiences around the globe each year, Buckingham touts this strengths revolution as the key to finding the most effective route to personal success – and the missing link to the efficiency, competency, and success for which many companies constantly strive.

To kick-start the strengths revolution, Buckingham and Gallup developed the StrengthsFinder exam (StrengthsFinder.com), which identifies signature themes that help employees quantify their personal strengths in the workplace and at home. Since the StrengthsFinder debuted in 2001, more than 1 million people have discovered their strengths with this useful and important tool.

In his role as 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 is routinely lauded by such corporations as Toyota, Coca-Cola, Master Foods, Wells Fargo, and Disney as an invaluable resource in informing, challenging, mentoring and inspiring people to find their strengths and obtain and sustain long-lasting personal success.

Marcus Buckingham holds a master’s degree in social and political science from Cambridge University and is a member of the Secretary of State's Advisory Committee on Leadership and Management. He lives with his wife and two children in Los Angeles.

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  • The One Thing You Need to Know
    Drawing on the ideas from his influential bestselling books, First, Break All the Rules, Now, Discover Your Strengths, and the recently published The One Thing you Need to Know, Buckingham challenges accepted wisdom and shows how the research contradicts some of the most common management practices. Buckingham's presentations take the key points of his books, combined with plenty of great examples from a wide variety of organizations, to show audiences how they can learn from the world's best managers and leaders. A wonderful resource for leaders, managers, and educators, Buckingham shows the link between engaged employees and productivity, profit, customer satisfaction, and the rate of turnover.

    Summary of “The One Thing You Need to Know” Presentation
    Thriving in today’s versatile marketplace requires a new skill. Not drive, intelligence or creativity but focus – the kind of focus that filters out the excess and lasers in on the essential.

    The One Thing You Need to Know About...
    ...Managing – Capitalize on Uniqueness
    Discover what is unique to people and capitalize on it.

    The four unique characteristics you must know about someone:
    1. Strengths
    2. Weaknesses
    3. Triggers
    4. Style of Learning
    ...Leading – Capitalize on the Universal
    The four areas where all followers demand clarity:
    1. Who do we serve?
    2. What is our core strength?
    3. What is our core score?
    4. What actions can we take today?
    Client Testimonials:
    "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

    Book: The One Thing You Need to Know Author: Marcus Buckingham Book: Now, Discover Your Strengths Author: Marcus Buckingham Book: First, Break All the Rules Author: Marcus Buckingham
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