Marcus Buckingham Speaker, Speeches, Booking Agent | MFL Global
Marcus Buckingham 9

Marcus Buckingham

Founder of the Strengths Revolution, Researcher, and Best-selling Author

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 Organisation, he has challenged entrenched preconceptions about achievement to get to the core of what drives success, finding out what makes world-class managers tick, bottling it, and sharing it with the world.

Marcus Buckingham is the author of a number of best-selling books: First, Break All the Rules; Now, Discover Your Strengths; The One Thing You Need to Know; Go Put Your Strengths To Work; The Truth About You, Find Your Strongest Life, StandOut, StandOut 2.0 Assess Your Strengths and Find Your Edge, Win at Work.

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.

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 favourite 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.

Marcus Buckingham 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, Marcus’ latest book StandOut 2.0 Assess Your Strengths, Find Your Edge, Win at Work, provides an even more powerful assessment and a robust report on the reader’s most dominant strength.

As he addresses more than 250,000 people around the globe each year, Marcus 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.

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 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.

Enquire Now

  • + 44 (0) 20 3384 3664
Enquire Now
  • Business Speaker
  • Masterclass Leader

Topics

What the World's Best Managers Do Differently

What sets great companies apart? Survey data gathered over decades’ worth of interviews with thousands of managers and workers around the world reveals one simple truth: there are no great companies. Every company is made up of separate teams, and the performance of those teams, no matter how successful the company may be, varies widely. What makes the difference? The manager.

Buckingham will discuss the four key demands a manager must fulfil in order to provide the kind of environment that enables people to achieve peak performance on a regular basis: Select the right people for the right roles; Clarify expectations of the manager and of the employee; Engage team members by paying constant attention; and Accelerate performance by maximising strengths and neutralising weaknesses. In short, his presentation will address how great managers turn talents into performance.

Strength-Driven Performance

During Marcus Buckingham’s 17 years with the Gallup Organisation, he helped to guide groundbreaking research on the world’s best leaders, managers and workplaces. This research was used as a basis for his best-selling books First, Break all the Rules and Now Discover Your Strengths. His subsequent best-selling book Go Put Your Strengths to Work forms the foundation for the “Strengths in the Workplace” keynote address.

Marcus Buckingham will present key data from a number of different industries demonstrating the correlation between performance and engagement. He discusses the factors at play with engaged teams vs. disengaged teams and drills down to the specific lever that recent research indicates most impacts engagement: the extent to which employees have the opportunity to play to their strengths. When employees have the opportunity to apply their greatest strengths at work, they turbocharge their careers and everybody wins.

Find Your Edge: Win at Work

Excellence happens all the time in an organization, but it can be tricky to harness this excellence and make it work for you. So often, when companies try to reproduce what their best performers do differently, the result is just another lifeless policy that ends up constraining people instead of freeing them to do their best work. The trick is to help people put innovative ideas into practice without stifling the personal strengths that give them their edge. In this speech Marcus presents a customized best practice delivery system for both managers and employees. Using a simple, easy-to-remember scheme to identify each person’s unique combination of strengths, Marcus gives individuals tips and techniques on how to put their particular edge to use. And managers will get lots of raw material to be better coaches based on the specific strengths of their team members. At the end of the speech, you will know how to move beyond the one-size-fits-all approach and find those practices that are best for you.

The Difference between Great Managing and Great Leading

The many facets of great managing and great leading could be detailed endlessly, but Marcus Buckingham draws on a wealth of examples to uncover the single controlling insight that lies at the heart of each. Lose sight of this “one thing” and even your best efforts will be diminished or compromised. Success comes to those who remain mindful of the core insight, understand all of its ramifications, and orient their decisions around it. Buckingham backs his arguments with authoritative research from a wide variety of sources, including his own data and in-depth interviews with individuals at every level of an organization, from CEOs to hotel maids and stock boys. He cuts through the thicket of often-conflicting possibilities and zeroes in on what matters most, revealing the surprisingly different keys to great managing and great leading.

Finding Your Strongest Life

In the four decades since the beginning of the modern women’s movement, women have secured greater opportunity, greater influence, greater independence, more free time, and more money. Despite all those important gains, however, recent longitudinal research indicates that women have become more unhappy, anxious and stressed during that same time period, and that they get sadder as they get older (while men, in contrast, get happier as they age). Marcus Buckingham will explore the data behind the startling findings on women’s happiness and discuss the lessons to be learned from happy, successful women who buck the statistical trends.

Marcus' energy and enthusiasm was truly contagious! His presentation was very entertaining, and he provided insight surrounding the areas of employee motivation and leadership.

Golden Corral

Publications

Marcus Buckingham 9

StandOut 2.0 Assess Your Strengths and Find Your Edge, Win at Work

Read More

Marcus Buckingham 9

StandOut

Read More

Marcus Buckingham 9

Find Your Strongest Life

Read More

Marcus Buckingham 9

Now, Discover Your Strengths

Read More

Marcus Buckingham 9

First, Break All the Rules

Read More

Marcus Buckingham 9

The One Thing You Need to Know

Read More

Marcus Buckingham 9

Go Put Your Strengths To Work

Read More

Marcus Buckingham 9

The Truth About You

Read More

Fees & Details

Fees From*

  • UK:

    £50K +

  • Europe:

    £50K +

  • US:

    £50K +

  • Africa/Asia/ME:

    £50K +

Travels From

  • Canada

Languages

English

* This Speaker's fee falls within the ranges shown above. Ranges are presented as a guideline only. Speaker fees are subject to change without notice. For an exact quote, please contact us.

Other people have viewed

JP Kuehlwein

Global Brand Builder

Mike Harris

Founding CEO of Egg and Firstdirect, and Co-Founder of Monument Partners

Hugh Herr

Head of the Biomechatronics Research Group at MIT