Inspirational Innovator: Marcus Buckingham

Marcus Buckingham has dedicated his career to helping individuals discover and capitalize on their personal strengths, a practice that we at Lori Carr & Associates not only find inspiring, but also one that we incorporate into our consulting work. Buckingham, who has worked with corporations such as Toyota, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, and Disney, has helped to usher in the “strengths revolution,” promoting the idea that people will get the best results by making the most of their strengths rather than by putting too much emphasis on weaknesses or perceived deficiencies.

In his nearly two decades as a Senior Researcher at Gallup Organization, Buckingham studied the world’s best managers and organizations to investigate what drives great performance. His research laid the foundation for a string of New York Times best-selling books that use empirical data to challenge preconceptions about achievement.

Buckingham, well known as a leading motivational speaker and executive coach, earned public recognition after an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show—after which 1.7 million people downloaded his workshop video. Buckingham was inspired to tackle a disturbing trend in female happiness over the past 40 years and pen his latest book: “Find Your Strongest Life: What the Happiest and Most Successful Women Do Differently.”

For his ability to break the mold and, ultimately, not only make corporations more successful—but also make people happier and more successful—we hail him as a truly inspirational innovator.


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