“One of Peter Drucker’s core principles was that people should build on their strengths so as to make their weaknesses irrelevant,” said Bob Buford, the Drucker Institute’s chairman. “Marcus has taken that fundamental concept and advanced it greatly through a remarkable combination of empirical research and insightful analysis. His work is truly Drucker-like, and we are honored to have him join us as we seek to make society better by advancing Peter’s ideas and ideals.”
Buckingham, who spent two decades as a senior researcher at the Gallup Organization, has written a string of best-selling books. They include: First, Break All the Rules (coauthored with Curt Coffman), Now, Discover Your Strengths (coauthored with Donald O. Clifton), The One Thing You Need to Know, Go Put Your Strengths To Work,The Truth About You and Find Your Strongest Life. His latest project is the New York Times and Wall Street Journalbestseller StandOut, a book and strengths-assessment combination that uses a new research methodology to reveal people’s top two “Strength Roles,” which Buckingham defines as their “areas of comparative advantage.”
In 2005, Buckingham founded The Marcus Buckingham Company, which works with managers at Toyota, Coca-Cola, Master Foods, Wells Fargo, Microsoft, Disney and other organizations to find their strengths and sustain long-lasting personal success.
“Marcus is not only an exceptional writer and thought leader, but he’s also done a tremendous job building his own company,” noted Rick Wartzman, the Drucker Institute’s executive director. “That kind of expertise is just what we need as we seek to scale up our programs and deepen our own impact around the world.”
Buckingham said he was honored to be appointed to the Drucker Institute board. “Peter Drucker is the most profound business thinker of the last century,” Buckingham remarked. “With his concept of the company as a social organism, his focus on the transformative power of entrepreneurship and his belief that the most productive companies and individuals ‘get their strengths together and make their weaknesses irrelevant,’ he laid the foundation for better leadership and a better society. I am excited to help the Drucker Institute expand and apply his thinking to the practical challenges of this coming century.”