Marcus Buckingham

Marcus Buckingham

New York Times Bestselling Author | Researcher | Founder of the Strengths Revolution

Marcus Buckingham is a global researcher and thought leader focused on unlocking strengths, increasing performance, and pioneering the future of how people work. He shows audiences the correlation between strengths-driven, engaged employees and business fundamentals such as turnover rates, customer satisfaction, profits, and productivity. Challenging entrenched preconceptions about achievement to get to the core of what drives success, Buckingham’s approach is a win/win scenario that defines the future of work.

Building on nearly two decades of experience as a senior researcher at Gallup Organization, Buckingham currently guides the vision of the ADP Research Institute as head of people and performance research. He founded The Marcus Buckingham Company in 2006 with a clear mission: to instigate a “strengths revolution.” Buckingham believes that when people spend the majority of each day on the job using their greatest talents and engaged in their favorite tasks, both they and their organizations will win.

The definitive treatment of strengths in the workplace can be found in Buckingham’s bestselling books: First, Break All the Rules (co-authored with Curt Coffman); Now, Discover Your Strengths (co-authored with Donald O. Clifton); The One Thing You Need to Know; Go Put Your Strengths To Work; The Truth About You; Find Your Strongest Life; and StandOut 2.0.

Buckingham’s latest book, Nine Lies About Work: A Freethinking Leader’s Guide to the Real World takes an in-depth look at the lies that pervade our workplaces and the core truths that will help us change it for the better. It has been recognized as one of the best management and leadership books of 2019 by Inc., Amazon, Strategy + Business, Porchlight, Audible, and Book Pal’s Outstanding Works of Literature Award.

In his role as an author, thought leader, and business expert, Buckingham has been the subject of in-depth profiles in The New York Times, Fortune, Fast Company, Harvard Business Review, USA Today and The Wall Street Journal. He has also appeared on numerous television programs, including The Today Show and The Oprah Winfrey Show. He is routinely lauded by such corporations as Toyota, Coca-Cola, Master Foods, Wells Fargo, Microsoft, and Disney as an invaluable resource in informing, challenging, mentoring, and inspiring people to find their strengths and sustain long-lasting personal success.

Customized Talks on the Strengths-Based Approach

The strengths revolution is built one audience at a time. Marcus Buckingham approaches the task of teaching the world the strengths-based approach to work from a number of different angles, providing insights tailored to each group’s key concerns and opportunities. We will work with you to curate the perfect keynote for your specific event and audience, with takeaways backed by over twenty years of validated research.

Talking points include:

Nine Lies about Work

  • From Marcus’s newest book, examine the nine 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


  • 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