Published March 9, 2017

How to Drive Performance & Engagement—Marcus Buckingham—2017 GLS Faculty Spotlight

We are thrilled to announce that Marcus Buckingham, the world’s leading expert on strengths and employee engagement, will be joining us again for the 2017 Global Leadership Summit. Here’s a quick look at Marcus’ brand new work in the field of performance management.

Every single organization is searching for ways to increase performance and engagement—ideally without blowing up the company and starting from scratch. But how can you do it?

We know the answer. But it’s easy to overlook, because we expect the solution to such a crucial problem to be complex, theoretical, difficult. Instead it’s deceptively simple. If you want to increase performance and engagement, you don’t need to get bogged down in extensive lists of competencies, or convoluted cascades of goals, or rigid feedback systems.

What you need to do is ensure that team leaders have frequent one-to-one check-ins with their team members about near-term future work.

It really is that simple. Once a week, each team member meets with the team leader so he or she can course correct or coach or tweak to make the team member more productive.

We’ve done research on many different organizations, and the data patterns are all the same: add in weekly check-ins, with a tool built for usage, and you see wonderful and immediate increases in engagement.

Watch this short video to get to know Marcus Buckingham better.

How to Drive Performance and Engagement, by Marcus Buckingham

 Marcus Buckingham (GLS 2017, 2007, 2004) is a best-selling author and founder of The Marcus Buckingham Company.  He is the world’s leading authority on strengths, performance and engagement, founded The Marcus Buckingham Company following 30 years at Gallup. He is the best-selling author of multiple books, including Now, Discover Your Strengths. A Summit favorite, Buckingham will challenge everyone to rethink their vital leadership function of performance management—based on his latest multi-year research, recently featured in Harvard Business Review. This post originally appeared on The Marcus Buckingham Company website here.




About the Author(s)
Marcus Buckingham Is one of our incredible 2020 faculty members for the The Global Leadership.

Marcus Buckingham

Best-Selling Author; Global Researcher

The Marcus Buckingham Company

Marcus Buckingham is a global researcher, thought leader and leading expert on talent, focused on unlocking people's strengths, increasing their performance and pioneering the future of how people work. A former senior researcher at Gallup Organization, he now guides the vision of ADP Research Institute as Head of People + Performance. He is the author of nine books, including First Break All the Rules, and Now Discover Your Strengths, two of the best-selling business books of all time. His latest release—Nine Lies About Work: A Freethinking Leader’s Guide to the Real World —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.

Years at GLS 2004, 2007, 2017