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Marcus Buckingham

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Bestselling author, researcher, and leading expert on Talent and employee engagement.

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from Keynote speaker Marcus Buckingham has dedicated himself to understanding what makes world-class managers tick, bottling it, and sharing it with the world. He challenges conventional wisdom and shows the correlation between engaged employees and business fundamentals such as turnover rates, customer satisfaction, profits, and productivity.

Why book speaker Marcus Buckingham?

  • Backed by science and research, speaker Marcus shows companies how to optimize, lead, and manage employees with successful outcomes.
  • Marcus shows companies how to cultivate powerful workers through strength-based tasks with the workers themselves. Using his powerful (logical) approach, Jeff demonstrates how it advances companies’ turn-over rate, sales, company strengths, and productivity.
  • He challenges conventional wisdom. Speaker Marcus Buckingham shows the correlation between engaged employees and business fundamentals. He revolves his talks around employee, management, and optimizing your strength and guidance in the workplace.

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 most exceptional talents and engaged in their favorite tasks, doing precisely what they want to do, both they and their organizations will win.

In other words, companies that focus on cultivating employees’ strengths rather than merely 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 optimal growth of a company, 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.

In his role as an author, independent consultant and speaker Marcus Buckingham has been the subject of in-depth profiles in The New York TimesFortuneFast CompanyHarvard Business ReviewUSA Today, and The Wall Street Journal. He has appeared on numerous television programs, including “The Today Show” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” He 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.

The sought-after speaker Marcus Buckingham graduated from Cambridge University in 1987 with a master’s degree in social and political science.

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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.

Key takeaways:

  • In this speech, Buckingham presents a customized best practice delivery system for both managers and individual contributors.
  • 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-sizefits-all approach and find those practices that are best for you.
Keynote by speaker Marcus Buckingham

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.

Managers play a significant role in creating an environment within which individuals can thrive, discover their talents and use their best selves daily. Great managers help people to identify and leverage their unique strengths.

Key takeaways:

  • Speaker Marcus Buckingham will discuss the four key demands a manager must fulfill 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 maximizing strengths and neutralizing weaknesses.
  • In short, his presentation will address how great managers turn talents into performance.
Keynote by speaker Marcus Buckingham

Strengths-Driven Performance

During Marcus Buckingham’s 17 years with the Gallup Organization, 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-Driven Performance” keynote address.

Key takeaways:

  • Buckingham presents 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 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.
  • Companies find their employees are more productive and their teams are more effective. Despite this, research shows a majority of people do not fully use their strengths at work.
  • Marcus examines current corporate levels of engaging the strengths of employees and discuss the psychological and practical obstacles that can get in the way of creating a strengths-based organization.
  • Throughout his presentation, keynote speaker Marcus Buckingham will offer a number of different strategies to support people in leveraging the best of themselves and others in the workplace.
Keynote by speaker Marcus Buckingham

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.

Key takeaways:

  • 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 stockboys.
  • 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.
Keynote by speaker Marcus Buckingham

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, 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).

  • Keynote speaker 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.
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