Marcus Buckingham

Best-selling Author and Expert on Strengths-Driven Performance,

In a workplace ruled by efficiency and competency, 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.

The definitive treatment of strengths in the workplace can be found in Buckingham’s best-selling books: First, Break All the Rules (co-authored with Curt Coffman); Now, Discover Your Strengths (co-authored with Donald O. Clifton); The One Thing You Need to Know; Go Put Your Strengths To Work; The Truth About You, and Find Your Strongest Life.

StandOut, a The New York Times and Wall Street Journal best seller, is a book and strengths assessment combination that uses a new research methodology to reveal your top two “strength roles”—your areas of comparative advantage. StandOut goes beyond description to give people practical innovations that fit their strengths, and provide managers with quick insights on how to get the best from each member of their team. 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. Following StandOut, Buckingham’s latest book StandOut 2.0 Assess Your Strengths, Find Your Edge, Win at Work (August 2015), provides an even more powerful assessment and a robust report on the readers most dominant strength.

In his role as an author, independent consultant and speaker, Buckingham 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 Today and The Oprah Winfrey Show, and is routinely lauded by such corporations as Toyota, Coca-Cola, Master Foods, Wells Fargo, Microsoft and Disney as an invaluable resource in informing, challenging, mentoring and inspiring people to find their strengths and sustain long-lasting personal success. Buckingham graduated from Cambridge University in 1987 with a master’s degree in Social and Political Science.