Marcus Buckingham

Head of ADPRI People + Performance

Marcus Buckingham

Marcus Buckingham is a global researcher and thought leader focused on unlocking strengths, increasing performance and pioneering the future of how people work.

Building on 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 for individuals, teams, and organizations. He has focused on finding the most reliable ways to measure employee talents, employee engagement, team effectiveness, leader effectiveness, and performance, and continued this mission when he founded The Marcus Buckingham Company in 2016. His research has reinforced a simple but often overlooked approach to performance: 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. His assessments, StrengthsFinder and StandOut, have been taken over 10 million times around the world and used to help individual contributors, leaders, and teams better understand and utilize their strengths to perform at their best. His measurement tool, the Engagement Pulse, is used by companies around the world to predict employee performance and engagement with reliability and validity.

The definitive treatment of strengths in the workplace can be found in his best-selling books: First, Break All the Rules (coauthored with Curt Coffman; Simon & Schuster, 1999); Now, Discover Your Strengths (coauthored 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 (Thomas Nelson, 2011), and StandOut 2.0 (Harvard Business Review Press, 2015). His latest book, Nine Lies About Work: A Freethinking Leader’s Guide to the Real World (Harvard Business Publishing, 2019) 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.

Marcus joined ADP Research Institute in 2017 as Head of People + Performance research, where he has recently spearheaded the seminal 2018 Global Study of Engagement. When combined with his 2015 study, this is believed to be the largest and most reliable study of global worker engagement yet undertaken.