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Spotlight on Marcus Buckingham, Contender for Thinkers 50 Poll 2011

2nd September 2011

A former senior researcher at The Gallup Organisation and best-selling author, Marcus Buckingham has spent years helping clients find and motivate their most talented employees.  He is one of the most thought-provoking and motivational business speakers and international keynote speakers. Marcus has been nominated for the 2011 Thinkers 50.

Many members of the technology press affectionately refer to the “reality distortion field” that arises when people get swept away by the keynote addresses of a certain CEO based in Cupertino, California. It might be fair to call the effect that Marcus Buckingham has on audiences a “reality clarification field.” Countless people have been inspired to explore the truth about their own strengths and learn to express the best of themselves after seeing Marcus Buckingham speak.

Marcus’ Keynote 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.

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.

Marcus 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.

Strengths-Driven Performance

During Marcus' 17 years with the Gallup Organization, he helped to guide ground-breaking 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 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. 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 will examine current corporate levels of engaging the strengths of employees and look at the psychological and practical obstacles that can get in the way of creating a strengths-based organization. Throughout his presentation, he will offer a number of different strategies to support people in leveraging the best of themselves and others in the workplace.

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. Marcus 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.

Marcus as Best-Selling Author

Marcus is the author of four best-selling books, First, Break All the Rules (coauthored with Curt Coffman); Now, Discover Your Strengths (coauthored with Donald O. Clifton); The One Thing You Need to Know and Go Put Your Strengths To Work. 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. In Marcus’ most recent book, he offers way to apply your strengths for maximum success at work.

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