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Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

First, Break All the Rules (With: Curt Coffman) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Now, Discover Your Strengths (With: Donald O. Clifton) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The One Thing You Need to Know About Great Managing, Great Leading, and Sustained Individual Success (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Life@work, The Essentials (With: Kenneth H. Blanchard,John C. Maxwell) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Truth about You (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Go Put Your Strengths to Work (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Find Your Strongest Life (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
StandOut (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
StandOut 2.0 (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nine Lies About Work (With: Ashley Goodall) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Love and Work (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

HBR's 10 Must Reads for HR Leaders Collection(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Marcus Buckingham is a published English author as well as a business consultant and a motivational speaker.

Marcus was born January 11, 1966, in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. He would grow up in Radlett, a village in Hertfordshire. His father worked at Allied Breweries as their personnel director.

He grew up struggling with a stammer, keeping him from speaking properly until he was thirteen years old. He would eventually go to prep school and start to manage his stammer, overcoming it when being asked to give a formal address to the school and pretend that he was speaking to one person and not three hundred. It was successful and no one at the boarding school he went to knew about the speech impediment.

Marcus attended the boys’ prep independent school of Edge Grove School, located in Aldenham, Hertfordshire, located in Southern England. Then he would go attend an independent boarding school called Aldenham School located near Aldenham, leaving in 1984. He would then go to Pembroke College in Cambridge, graduating in 1987 with his degree in the social and the political sciences.

While he was at Cambridge, Donald O. Clifton recruited him. An educational psychology professor, he had founded Selection Research Incorporated and used it to develop interviews allowing businesses to find out individuals’ talents and match them up to their correct roles. In 1988 it acquired The Gallup Organization and took its name. Buckingham began working with a team on a survey that would measure factors related to employee engagement. Buckingham would then co-write a book titled First, Break All the Rules with Curt Coffman based on manager interviews and the surveys from Gallup. It became a best seller and has over a million copies in print. He also co-created the StrengthsFinder tool while there.

Marcus also got married to Jane Rinzler. He married his wife, an American author, in 1996. They have two children together. The couple would get a divorce in 2017. Today he resides in California.

Marcus would start his own company in 2006 called The Marcus Buckingham Company. He was CEO and turned the company into a Human Capital Management company that would go on to work with large organizations. The company’s intent was to make training programs as well as tools that could be used for management. The company helped him put out projects such as his book Go Put Your Strengths to Work and Trombone Player Wanted, which was based on his own music classes experience. The book and a film series self-published based on the Trombone Player Wanted became a base for a workshop titled Simply Strengths. In 2017, ADP acquired The Marcus Buckingham Company.

Marcus has appeared on television on such shows such as The View, I Want to Work for Diddy, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, and The Jane Pauley Show. He has also been featured in profiles done by publications such as the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Forbes, USA Today, Fast Company, Fortune, and The Today Show.

Marcus has also worked leading research for the ADP Research Institute. He is one of the most well known researchers when it comes to the topics of leadership and strengths at work. His goal is to get to the core when it comes to what drives success and his approach is influencing the future of work.

Marcus has written several books on work that examines workplace myths and truths that can help people change the workplace to be better. He started in 1999 with the co-written book First, Break All the Rules. He would follow this up with a book co-written with Donald O. Clifton called Now, Discover Your Strengths. He would follow these with several more, including The One Thing You Need to Know, Go Put Your Strengths to Work, The Truth About You, and more.

The One Thing You Need to Know is the first independently written book from Marcus Buckingham. It was published in 2005 by The Free Press. The book is designed to be a new way to look at and further understand how to be successful.

Buckingham is one of the most respected authorities in the world when it comes to business regarding management and leadership. In this book, readers get the chance to take their own crash course when it comes to achievement with a guide that will help them get to the bottom of what three professional activity fundamental areas are.

These are leading, great managing, and career success. The author uses examples to show the controlling insight that is at the center of these three areas. Efforts can be compromised or diminished if individuals lose sight of this thing. Buckingham cuts through all of the details and explains what is most important without making things too simple.

If people can keep in mind the core insight and understand its effects and make decisions around it, they can achieve success. His arguments are enhanced and backed up with lots of research from various sources, including research data and interviews that he has gained himself. With lessons in how to advance your career and achieve top performance, this is a great read for those interested in productivity and business. If you’re currently in the workforce or interested in business, check out The One Thing You Need to Know!

Go Put Your Strengths to Work is the second independently written book to come out from author Marcus Buckingham. The Free Press published it in 2007.

Buckingham knows all about workplace issues and in this book has created a map so that managers can learn to focus on their strengths and not weaknesses and then extend this information to their employees. In this book is a six step plan that will prepare the reader with an emphasis on habit-forming and reading, plus tools you can use along the way (including online questions about strengths and films).

Buckingham believes that the best way to get ahead is to focus on your strengths and identifying what they are along with your weaknesses. He also shows readers how they can play to their strengths and use them at work while reducing the impact of weaknesses. He’ll teach you how you can build up positive habits and go for activities that work with your strengths. Pick up this book if you are in the work field or a manager and want to know how you can downplay weaknesses while capitalizing on your greatest strengths.

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