Marcus Buckingham, speaker

Marcus Buckingham

Specialist in Improving Company Performance Through the People Working There

A highly in-demand motivational speaker, Marcus Buckingham gets across his message with great conviction and charm, that by focusing on strengths you will bring out the best in your employees. A sparkling performer, Buckingham is both appealing and accessible whether he is addressing a room full of academics or a TV show audience.

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About Marcus Buckingham


Marcus Buckinghams early research formed the basis of his 1999 book First, Break All the Rules with Curt Coffman, a New York Times bestseller which has been described as an instant classic. In it they describe how truly great managers break the rules of conventional wisdom to bring out the best in their employees. He followed up with Now Discover Your Strengths with Donald O. Clifton in which the pair developed the StrengthsFinder personality test which has since been accessed by more than 5 million people.

Continuing to build on these ideas he launched the The Marcus Buckingham Company (TMBC) in 2006 with a suite of management training tools and programmes aimed at furthering the strengths revolution.

Marcus Buckingham is highly in demand as a speaker worldwide and recently became involved with a project sponsored by Oprah Winfrey for talented women who wanted to find greater fulfillment. The results were featured on her show and led to the book, Find Your Strongest Life: What the Happiest and Most Successful Women Do Differently, which has gone on to generate some lively debate.

Marcus Buckingham is a frequent guest on prominent US TV shows from Good Morning America to Larry King Live and has been the subject of numerous profiles. He has written many articles several of which tackle the issues of womens success and happiness. He has recently written about the Generation Y workforce with his wife Jane Buckingham.

His company TMBC works with leading corporations and he has been a member of the Secretary of States Advisory Committee on Leadership and Management.

He lives in Los Angeles.

Current / Past Roles & Positions

  • Speaker and author of 7 books presenting to a quarter of a million people worldwide every year.
  • Ranked No 8 on the Thinkers 50 list 2011.
  • Recent workshops include one for talented women sponsored by Oprah Winfrey.
  • Acts as consultant to major corporations like Coca-Cola, Microsoft, and Disney.

Speaking Style

Amusing, educational, enthusiastic, informal, interactive, passionate, story-telling, thought-provoking

Marcus Buckingham helps companies create workplaces in which employees use their strongest skills. Through his leadership presentations, he engages executive teams to learn how to cultivate employee strengths to increase efficiency and growth.

Marcus Buckingham was born in the UK and lives in America. He attended Cambridge University and graduated with a Masters degree in Social and Political Science. While at Cambridge he began working with the educational psychologist Donald O. Clifton who was developing a system to identify talents and skills in order to match people to their work. In 1988 Cliftons company SRI acquired the Gallup Organisation and over the next 17 years Buckingham developed his ideas around strengths and leadership while a senior Gallup researcher. Using research data gathered worldwide he concluded that people are more productive and happier when they play to their strengths and he argued that weakness and failure had been over-emphasised.

Speaking Topics

  • Improving company performance by engaging your people and harnessing their skills and strengths
  • Isolating high performance factors
  • The Power of Engaged Employees


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Books By Marcus Buckingham

  • First, Break All the Rules with Curt Coffman (2005)
  • Now, Discover Your Strengths with Donald O. Clifton (2005)
  • The One Thing You Need to Know (2006)
  • Go Put Your Strengths to Work (2008)
  • The Truth about You: Your Secret to Success (2010)
  • Standout: The Groundbreaking New Strengths Assessment from the Leader of the Strengths Revolution (2011)
  • Find Your Strongest Life (2009)

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