Marcus Buckingham

Author, Four International Best Sellers Including Now, Discover Your Strengths

Marcus Buckingham has dedicated his career to addressing this complex issue. Using his nearly two decades of experience as a senior researcher at Gallup Organization, he has challenged entrenched preconceptions about achievement to get to the core of what drives success.

The definitive treatment of strengths in the workplace can be found in Buckingham's best-selling books: First, Break All the Rules (co-authored with Curt Coffman; Simon & Schuster, 1999); Now, Discover Your Strengths (co-authored with Donald O. Clifton; The Free Press, 2001); The One Thing You Need to Know (The Free Press, 2005); Go Put Your Strengths To Work (The Free Press, 2007); The Truth About You (Thomas Nelson, 2008) and Find Your Strongest Life (Thomas Nelson, 2009).

StandOut (Thomas Nelson, 2011), a The New York Times and Wall Street Journal best seller, is a book and strengths assessment combination that uses a new research methodology to reveal your top two "strength roles"-your areas of comparative advantage. StandOut goes beyond description to give people practical innovations that fit their strengths, and provide managers with quick insights on how to get the best from each member of their team.

The goal is to move companies toward greater success and productivity by creating a workplace in which employees spend more than 75% of each day on the job using their strongest skills and engaged in their favorite tasks, basically doing exactly what they want to do. Companies that focus on cultivating employees' strengths rather than simply improving their weaknesses stand to dramatically increase efficiency while allowing for maximum personal growth.

Finding Your Strongest Life
Strengths-Driven Performance
Peak Performace
What the World's Best Managers Do Differently
Find Your Edge: Win at Work