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Marcus Wilfrid Buckingham

11 January 1966 (age 55)
Alma materPembroke College, Cambridge(BA)
OccupationAuthor, motivational speaker, businessman
Spouse(s)Jane Buckingham (m. 1996; div. 2017)
Children2, including Lilia Buckingham

Marcus Wilfrid Buckingham (born 11 January 1966)[1] is an English author, motivational speaker and business consultant based in California.

Early life and education[edit]

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Buckingham was born in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire and grew up in the village of Radlett, Hertfordshire. His father was the Personnel Director at Allied Breweries. Buckingham had a stammer which he initially struggled with, and said he was unable to speak until the age of 13. He learned to manage it when asked to formally address other boys at his prep school, and pretended he was speaking to just one person, rather than 300. It proved a success: 'At my prep school, everyone knew I had a stammer. At my boarding school, nobody knew'.[2]

Buckingham was educated at Edge Grove School,[1] a boys' preparatory independent school in the village of Aldenham in Hertfordshire in Southern England, and then Aldenham School,[2] a boarding independent school for boys (near Aldenham), which he left in 1984,[3] followed by Pembroke College, Cambridge,[4] from which he graduated with a degree in Social and Political Sciences, in 1987.[2][5]


While studying at Cambridge, Buckingham was recruited by educational psychology professor Donald O. Clifton, the founder of Selection Research, Incorporated (SRI). Clifton had co-founded SRI to develop interviews that would allow businesses to identify talents in individuals, to match people to the right roles.[6]

SRI acquiredThe Gallup Organizationin 1988, and took on the Gallup name.[6] As part of Gallup, Buckingham became a member of a team working on a survey that measured a broad range of factors that contribute to employee engagement. Based on those surveys and on interviews with thousands of managers, Buckingham published (with coauthor Curt Coffman) First, Break All the Rules (Simon and Schuster, 1999). According to its subtitle, the book describes 'what the world's greatest managers do differently' The book became a New York Times best-seller[7] and has over a million copies in print. It was also chosen by Jack Covert and Todd Sattersten as one of 'The 100 Best Business Books of All Time' in their book of the same name.

The Marcus Buckingham Company (TMBC)[edit]

In 2006, Buckingham started The Marcus Buckingham Company (TMBC) to create management training programs and tools. The company helped him to launch a coordinated series of products in conjunction with the publication of Go Put Your Strengths to Work. Most notable was Trombone Player Wanted, involving a young boy who wants to abandon playing the trombone in favour of the drums (apparently based on Buckingham's own experience in music classes as a boy).[8] Together, the book and the film series became the basis of a TMBC workshop called Simply Strengths.

TMBC was acquired by ADP, LLC in January 2017.[9]

Film and television appearances[edit]

In addition to the self-published short film series Trombone Player Wanted, Buckingham has made numerous television appearances as himself, on US television networks and cable channels including The View on ABC, I Want to Work for Diddy on VH1, The Oprah Winfrey Show on syndication, Good Morning America on ABC and The Jane Pauley Show.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Buckingham and American author Jane Rinzler married in 1996 and divorced in 2017. They have a son, Jack, and a daughter, Lilia.[11] He lives in California.[12]


  • First, Break All the Rules (with Curt Coffman; Simon & Schuster, 1999)
  • Now, Discover Your Strengths (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)
  • Find Your Strongest Life (Thomas Nelson, 2009)
  • StandOut: The Groundbreaking New Strengths Assessment from the Leader of the Strengths Revolution (Thomas Nelson, 2011)
  • StandOut 2.0: Assess Your Strengths. Find Your Edge. Win at Work. (Harvard Business Review Press, 2015)
  • Nine Lies About Work: A Freethinking Leader’s Guide to the Real World (Harvard Business Review Press , 2019)


  • 'What's Happening to Women's Happiness?' (2009) — part I
  • 'Women's Happiness: What We Know for Certain' (2009) — part II

See also[edit]


  1. ^ abJones, Del (3 March 2005). 'Business bows to an unlikely oracle: British boy wonder'. USA Today. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  2. ^ abcBlackhurst, Chris (5 December 2007). 'Playing to his strengths, the Beverly Hills Brit who's a self-help god'. London Evening Standard. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  3. ^'Notable OAs'(PDF). Aldenham School, Hertfordshire. Archived from the original(PDF) on 11 February 2015. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  4. ^'Pembroke College - Cambridge Society Annual Gazette - Issue 84, September 2010 (pg.126 - 1984 - Marcus Buckingham)'(PDF). Pembroke College - Cambridge Society. September 2010. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  5. ^'WEDDINGS;Ms. Rinzler, Mr. Buckingham'. New York Times. 17 March 1996. Retrieved 24 May 2011.
  6. ^ ab'Corporate History'. Archived from the original on 6 January 2010. Retrieved 24 May 2011.
  7. ^'The New York Times Business Best Sellers'. New York Times. 10 October 1999. Retrieved 24 May 2011.
  8. ^'Strengths History'. Marcus Buckingham's Strengths Campus. Archived from the original on 19 June 2012.
  9. ^'ADP Acquires The Marcus Buckingham Company to Expand Talent Portfolio'. Yahoo! Finance. 18 January 2017.
  10. ^'Marcus Buckingham'. TV Guide. Retrieved 20 September 2020.
  11. ^Baum, Gary; Abramovitch, Seth (19 March 2019). 'Inside Jane Buckingham's Stunning Fall From Parenting Guru to Alleged College Admissions Cheater'. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  12. ^McClain, James (18 October 2019). 'Marcus Buckingham Lists Sunset Strip Villa'. Variety. Retrieved 20 September 2020.

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6 Powerful Steps to Achieve Outstanding Performance

Have you discovered your strengths?

Well, then, Marcus Buckingham says:

Go, Put Your Strengths to Work!”

Who Should Read “Go Put Your Strengths to Work”? And Why?

Best-case scenario:

Those who have done their homework and are already familiar with “First, Break All the Rules” and “Now, Discover Your Strengths.”

But, even as a standalone, “Go Put Your Strengths to Work” could be helpful for anyone.

About Marcus Buckingham


Marcus Buckingham is a motivational speaker and consultant, best known as one of the founders of the strengths movement.

Founder of the Marcus Buckingham Company (TMBC), he has made numerous TV appearances and has made a name as one of the top management trainers in the world.

He is most famous as the co-author of “First, Break All the Rules” (with Curt Coffman) and “Now, Discover Your Strengths” (with Donald O. Clifton).

“Go Put Your Strengths to Work PDF Summary”

If you know Marcus Buckingham, you certainly know the drill so far:

Now, discover your strengths.

And finally, go put your strengths to work!

In six simple, but powerful steps, each one an answer to some of the most dreaded questions you’ve ever had to answer.

Step 1: Bust the Myths
So, what’s stopping you?

There are many myths which may hinder your growth to greatness.

However, three of them are especially dangerous:

Myth 1: As you grow, your personality changes.

The truth is – it doesn’t: growth comes from you investing your energy to build on what you already have.

A cat will never become a lion no matter how much it trains to roar.

Just as well: you will never become an expert in someone else’s field.

To quote William Blake:

The eagle never lost so much time as when he submitted to learn of the crow.

Myth 2: You will grow the most in your areas of greatest weakness.

Even though it may seem like it – after all, there’s more room for maneuver in an empty area – the truth is that you can only grow effectively in an area of strength.

Myth 3: A good team member does whatever it takes to help the team.

Sometimes this may be true, but most often it is not.

Simply put, if you’re not giving your best, you’re not doing the best for your team either.

Just ask yourself:

How much would Michael Jordan have helped the Chicago Bulls win a title if he had been forced to play in the position of a center?

Step 2: Get Clear
Do you know what your strengths are?

People usually know much more about their weaknesses than about their strengths:

Our strengths are the very qualities that could make us look our best, and yet when asked to detail them we lack, well, detail.

Well, it’s time to change that!

Because capturing, clarifying and confirming your strengths is a prerequisite to living the life of your dreams.

How can you do that?

By making an analysis of yourself and checking your supposed skills and talents against Buckingham’s four SIGNs of strengths:

Success: Which activities do you do most successfully?
Instinct: Which do you feel like doing most intuitively?
Growth:Are you continually getting better in these activities, in an almost natural way?
Needs: Do these activities matter to you, making you feel fulfilled and content?

Step 3: Free Your Strengths
How can you make the most of what strengthens you?

Now that you’ve discovered your strengths, it’s time to FREE them and put them to work. This is a process which – as the acronym gives away – consists of four strategies:

Focus: first, you need to understand which of your strengths you actually employ while at work; understand when you need it, how much you need it, and how often you use it;
Release: start doing the things which may bring the most of your skillset, even if that means doing someone else’s job;
Educate: bring your knowledge up to date and become even more skillful in what you’re already best.
Expand: redefine your job in terms of your newfound and updated strengths; your team needs the best of you.

Step 4: Stop Your Weaknesses
How can you cut out what weakens you?

Just like your strengths, you should clear, capture and clarify your weaknesses as well.

Obviously, the objective now is different.

Namely, to STOP them from reaching your full potential:

Stop:this isselfexplanatory: cease doing anything you dislike; sometimes this may be something so irrelevant that nobody will notice; other times, explain your rationale;
Team up: now that you’ve stopped doing some activity you dislike, team up with the person who actually likes doing it;
Offer up: time for a swap – in exchange for helping you with your least favorite activity, offer your partner to help him with the one you’re best at;
Perceive: now, look at your weakness anew; does it matter that you have it?

Step 5: Speak Up
How can you create strong teams?

Now, that you know there may be a way to make yourself more essential to the team while getting rid of those activities you don’t like to do – a win-win of the highest order – it’s time for a talk with your boss.

Conversation 1: To prepare, have a strengths chat with your colleagues, rummaging for work examples to back up your talk, and devising a plan what to say to your boss once he invites you to his office;

Conversation 2: Time for the discussion. It will go well if you manage to answer the “how I can help you” question. Try putting your presented plan into practice.

Conversation 3: The weakness chat (same as 1 – but different objective).

Conversation 4: This should be the pinnacle of your efforts: the “how you can help me” chat with your boss.

Step 6: Build Strong Habits
How can you make this last forever?

Michael Jordan didn’t remain Michael Jordan because he relied on his strengths but because he continually used them and built upon them.

Do the same.

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First, introduce a daily routine to identify the three strengths you are/like to be using and the three weakness you like to get rid of.

Then, start a weekly routine to identify two actions which may help you strengthen your strengths and shut down your weaknesses.

Finally, do a personal quarterly review to see how things are going.

Key Lessons from “Go Put Your Strengths to Work”

1. Strengths Before Weaknesses
2. The 6 Steps to Achieve Outstanding Performance
3. Stand Out

Strengths Before Weaknesses

Less than half of surveyed Americans think that they should build on their strengths, preferring to overcome their weaknesses instead.

However, this may be one of the worst things you can do if you want to be successful.

Because life is just too short to focus on your weaknesses.

No matter what, you will always have a few of those.

Hell, even Richard Feynman sucked at art history and music!

The point is to spend as much of your time as you can to strengthen your strengths.

And shut down your weaknesses altogether.


The 6 Steps to Achieve Outstanding Performance

To put your strengths to work, you need to follow these 6 steps:

#1: Bust the myths which hinder your growth.
#2: Get clear, i.e., capture, clarify, and confirm your strengths by checking them against the four SIGNs (success, instinct, growth, and needs).
#3: FREE your strengths, by focusing and releasing them, and then by educating yourself in the field and expanding upon them.
#4: STOP your weaknesses. Literally: first stop doing them, and then team up with someone whose strengths are your weaknesses, and whose weaknesses are your strengths; once you do that, offer up to swap the tasks and finally, start perceiving your weakness with some fresh eyes.
#5: Speak up. Arrange a meeting with your boss and inform him of your strengths.
#6: Build strong habits. You’re in this for the long run. Constantly repeat this process.

Stand Out

Now, that you’ve mastered your strengths, it’s time to make the next step.

Discover your strength role and start excelling.

Time to stand out!

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Our Critical Review

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“Go Put Your Strengths to Work” is Marcus Buckingham’s attempt to complete his tentative strength’s trilogy, but he doesn’t do a fairly good job.

True, the first two books set a very high standard – we, for one, featured them both in our list of top 15 management books in history – but this one feels just too repetitive and simplified.

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And, in our opinion, it refers too often to the book’s website (http://simplystrengths.com/), on whose SET tests (now, supposedly, outdated) it relies just too much for its own benefit.

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