On a scale from 1 to 10, Marcus was a "10". Marcus was excellent. He was engaging, interesting, thought-provoking, funny and very genuine. It was BigSpeak's idea that we use him and my agent could not have been more spot-on. Service was excellent at every stage in the process.
Nine Lies about Work: A Freethinking Leader's Guide to the Real World
by Marcus Buckingham
How do you get to what's real?
Your organization's culture is the key to its success. Strategic planning is essential. People's competencies should be measured and their weaknesses shored up. People crave feedback.
These may sound like basic truths of our work lives today. But actually, they're lies. As strengths guru and bestselling author Marcus Buckingham and Cisco Leadership and Team Intelligence head Ashley Goodall show in this provocative, inspiring book, there are some big lies--distortions, faulty assumptions, wrong thinking--running through our organizational lives. Nine lies, to be exact. They cause dysfunction and frustration and ultimately result in a strange feeling of unreality that pervades our workplaces.
But there are those who can get past the lies and discover what's real. These are freethinking leaders who recognize the power and beauty of our individual uniqueness, who know that emergent patterns are more valuable than received wisdom, and that evidence is more powerful than dogma. With engaging stories and incisive analysis, the authors reveal the essential truths that such freethinking leaders will recognize immediately: that it is the strength and cohesiveness of your team, not your company's culture, that matters most; that we need less focus on top-down planning and more on giving our people reliable, real-time intelligence; that rather than trying to align people's goals we should strive to align people's sense of purpose and meaning; that people don't want constant feedback, they want helpful attention. This is the real world of work.
If you embrace each person's uniqueness and see this as key for all healthy organizations; if you reject dogma and engage with the real world; if you seek out emergent patterns and put your faith in evidence, not philosophy; if you thrill to the power of teams--if you do all of these, then you are a freethinking leader, and this book is for you.
Standout 2.0: Assess Your Strengths, Find Your Edge, Win at Work
by Marcus Buckingham
"In the years since publication of First, Break All the Rules and Now, Discover Your Strengths, millions have had the simple but powerful realization that to get the most out of people you must build on their strengths. And yet...as Marcus Buckingham astutely points out, even though the strengths-based approach is now conventional wisdom, the tools and systems inside organizations--performance appraisals, training programs, and succession planning systems--remain stubbornly remedial, exclusively focused on measuring skills, finding gaps, and attempting to plug them. It's a crisis for individuals and organizations, with management ideas and management practice utterly out of sync. That's about to change. StandOut 2.0 is a revolutionary book and tool that enables you to identify your strengths, and those of your team, and to act on them. The original StandOut provided top-notch management insights from one of the world's foremost authorities on strengths, as well as access to a powerful, cutting edge online assessment tool. StandOut 2.0 is your indispensable guide and tool for building on your strengths to further your career, and to help your team and organization win"--
First, Break All the Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently
by Marcus Buckingham
Gallup presents the remarkable findings of its revolutionary study of more than 80,000 managers in First, Break All the Rules, revealing what the world’s greatest managers do differently. With vital performance and career lessons and ideas for how to apply them, it is a must-read for managers at every level.
Included with this re-release of First, Break All the Rules: updated meta-analytic research and access to the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment, which reveals people’s top themes of talent, and to Gallup’s Q12 employee engagement survey, the most effective measure of employee engagement and its impact on business outcomes.
What separates the greatest managers from all the rest?
They actually have vastly different styles and backgrounds. Yet despite their differences, great managers share one common trait: They don’t hesitate to break virtually every rule held sacred by conventional wisdom. They don’t believe that, with enough training, a person can achieve anything he sets his mind to. They don’t try to help people overcome their weaknesses. And, yes, they even play favorites.
In this longtime management bestseller, Gallup presents the remarkable findings of its massive in-depth study of great managers. Some were in leadership positions. Others were front-line supervisors. Some were in Fortune 500 companies; others were key players in small, entrepreneurial firms. Whatever their circumstances, the managers who ultimately became the focus of Gallup’s research were those who excelled at turning each individual employee’s talent into high performance.
Gallup has found that the front-line manager is the key to attracting and retaining talented employees. This book explains how the best managers select an employee for talent rather than for skills or experience, set expectations, build on each person’s unique strengths rather than trying to fix his or her weaknesses, and get the best performance out of their teams.
And perhaps most important, Gallup’s research produced the 12 simple statements that distinguish the strongest departments of a company from all the rest. First, Break All the Rules is the first book to present this essential measuring stick and to prove the link between employee opinions and productivity, profit, customer satisfaction and the rate of turnover.
First, Break All the Rules presents vital performance and career lessons for managers at every level — and best of all, shows you how to apply them to your own situation.
Go Put Your Strengths to Work
by Marcus Buckingham
-How to use the four telltale signs to identify your strengths.
-The simple steps you can take each week to push your time at work toward those activities that strengthen you and away from those that don't.
-How to talk to your boss and your colleagues about your strengths without sounding like you're bragging and about your weaknesses without sounding like you're whining.
-The fifteen-minute weekly ritual that will keep you on your strengths path your entire career. With structured exercises that will become part of your regular workweek and proven tactics from people who have successfully applied the book's lessons, Go Put Your Strengths to Work will arm you with a radically different approach to your work life. As part of the book's program you'll take an online Strengths Engagement Track, a focused and powerful gauge that has proven to be the best way to measure the level of engagement of your strengths or your team's strengths. You can also download the first two segments of the renowned companion film series Trombone Player Wanted. Go Put Your Strengths to Work will open up exciting uncharted territory for you and your organization. Join the strengths movement and thrive.
Now, Discover Your Strengths
by Marcus Buckingham
One of the top 10 bestselling business books of all time
With more than 2 million copies sold, Now, Discover Your
Strengths is being re-released with an updated version of
Gallup’s world-renowned CliftonStrengths assessment.
More than a book
The 20th anniversary edition of Now,
Discover Your Strengths includes
a unique access code to the
CliftonStrengths assessment — the
same one that appeared in the runaway
bestseller StrengthsFinder 2.0 — with a
significantly more robust program than
the StrengthsFinder assessment in the
original edition of the book.
Full of compelling, memorable stories as
well as insights from decades of Gallup
research and hundreds of thousands
of interviews, Now, Discover Your
Strengths is the most comprehensive
book ever written on developing
individual and team strengths.
Global and committed
More than 22 million people around the
world have taken the CliftonStrengths
assessment. Many Fortune 1000
companies; famous NGOs such as the
World Bank and United Nations; and
federal agencies and departments,
including the military, have used the
CliftonStrengths assessment to
empower individuals and groups.
The One Thing You Need to Know
by Marcus Buckingham
Featured Keynote Programs
• Uncover the secret to driving personal performance
• Discover the approach that characterizes the most successful people in the world
• Pinpoint your competitive advantage, and learn how to apply it at work
• Identify your particular strengths as an individual, manager, or organization leader
Nine Lies about Work
• From Marcus’s newest book, examine the 9 lies that are pervasive in our organizations
• Learn the truths behind them, backed by data and research
• Discover how you can become a Freethinking Leader
• Learn what the best team leaders do differently
• Discover the one ritual that all great leaders have in common
• Learn how to build a culture of performance
Marcus Buckingham was just starting to interest and charm 4,000-plus Walgreen store managers when the fire alarm in the huge Las Vegas ballroom went off. Disembodied hotel voices announced all was OK, but the crowd grew noticeably anxious as bright lights continued to flash. Not Marcus and before too long, not our audience. His well-researched and very well-delivered remarks overcame adversity few speakers ever encounter
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Marcus is the most engaging and useful business speaker working today. His advice is grounded in research and at the same time appeals to common sense.
Marcus' energy and enthusiasm was truly contagious! His presentation was very entertaining, and he provided insight surrounding the areas of employee motivation and leadership
Marcus Buckingham spoke two weeks ago and there's still so much positive buzz around the office about his presentation. He takes complex things and breaks them down. People said, "How can I take this and make it happen for me?" People left wanting to do something, wanting to take action." - Coca-Cola North America"Arguably the business world's most in-demand management guru.
"Marcus was truly fantastic. He really worked to understand our reality and worked in a few of our key concepts. I can't think of anything he could have done differently. I would highly recommend Marcus as a speaker. He's very engaging and his message is great.
We had the pleasure of hosting Marcus at our EntreLeadership Summit event in San Diego in 2019. In addition to hitting a homerun on his keynote for the 4000 small business owners in the audience, he also wowed our 250 VIP's with a thought-provoking conversation at their Q&A lunch. He and his team were amazing, and we're continuing to look for more opportunities to work with him again.
Our audience of 7500 business leaders and owners from more than 50 countries is a tough crowd to please. Over the years and during each of our events, they have heard multiple world class speakers and have a thirst for knowledge and actionable takeaways. Marcus Buckingham was rated as the best speaker of Nordic Business Forum 2018. He delivered with an outstanding energy, gave concrete examples for takeaways and left our audience with a smile as the last speaker of the day