At first Marcus Buckingham seems an unlikely management guru. He is a cricket-loving Englishman and graduate of Cambridge University. Marcus Buckingham's message is innovative and fundamentally positive. He is one of the business world's most sought-after speakers, but for a long time he had a punishing stammer which he has successfully overcome. He still admits to nerves before going on stage. He believes it's better to concentrate on strengths, instead of worrying about weaknesses and trying to fix them.

Marcus has dedicated his career to helping individuals discover and capitalise on their personal strengths. Hailed as a visionary by corporations such as Toyota, Coca-Cola, Master Foods, Wells Fargo, Microsoft, and Disney, he has helped to usher in the 'strengths revolution,' persuasively arguing that people are dramatically more effective, fulfilled and successful when they are able to focus on the best of themselves.

In his nearly two decades as a Senior Researcher at Gallup Organisation, Marcus studied the world's best managers and organisations to investigate what drives great performance. His research laid the foundation for a string of New York Times best-selling books that use empirical data to challenge preconceptions about achievement. First, Break All the Rules (co-authored with Curt Coffman) kicked things off in 1999, followed by Now, Discover Your Strengths (co-authored with Donald Clifton, 2001), The One Thing You Need to Know (2005), Go Put Your Strengths to Work (2007) and The Truth About You (2008).

Marcus's latest book, Find Your Strongest Life: What the World's Happiest and Most Successful Women Do Differently, was inspired by the overwhelming response to his appearance on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' 100,000 unique contributors posted messages online after the show and 1.7 million people downloaded his three-hour workshop video. The book tackles head-on the numerous studies revealing a drastic decline in female happiness over the last 40 years, and offers strategies for reversing this disturbing trend.

In addition to 'The Oprah Winfrey Show,' Marcus has been featured on 'Larry King Live,' 'The Today Show,' 'Good Morning America,' and 'The View.' He has been profiled in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Fortune, Fast Company, and Harvard Business Review.

Marcus founded TMBC in 2007 to create strengths-based management training solutions for organisations worldwide, and he spreads the strengths message in keynote addresses to over 250,000 people around the globe each year.

Testimonials

(Marcus Buckingham) has devoted his life to helping other people decide what to devote their lives to.
- O, The Oprah Magazine

Arguably the business world's most in-demand management guru.
- Business Week

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