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Marcus Buckingham

Founder of the Strengths Revolution, Researcher of People + Performance | Best-Selling Author

Once you’ve broken all the rules and launched your career by writing an instant classic management book, what do you do for an encore? If you’re Marcus Buckingham, you dedicate yourself to understanding what creates high performance on teams, learning what HR systems accelerate – or hinder –that performance, and revolutionizing the world of work as we know it.

Marcus first conquered the bestseller lists in 1999 with First, Break All the Rules. While the title may imply an iconoclastic streak, his continuing plea for managers to break with tradition has nothing to do with rebellion; instead, he argues, rules must be broken and discarded because they stifle the originality and uniqueness — the strengths — that can enable all of us to achieve our highest performance. The goal is to provide team leaders with the insights and tools they need to turn talent into performance and drive the organization toward greater success and productivity.

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)

As an internationally renowned thought leader and business expert, Marcus has been the subject of in-depth profiles in The New York Times, Fortune, Fast Company, Harvard Business Review, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal and has appeared on numerous television programs, including “Larry King Live,” “The Today Show” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” He is routinely lauded by such corporations as Toyota, Facebook, lululemon, Coca-Cola, Box, Master Foods, Wells Fargo, Microsoft, and Disney as an invaluable resource in informing, challenging, mentoring and inspiring people to find their strengths and sustain long-lasting personal success.

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Ashley Goodall

Senior Vice President of Leadership and Team Intelligence at Cisco

Ashley has built a new organization at Cisco focused entirely on serving teams and team leaders—an organization that combines talent management, people planning, org design, succession, coaching, assessment, executive talent, research and analytics, and technology. In the last three years, his team has studied Cisco’s best teams and what is distinctive about them; has deployed a technology platform focused on helping our team leaders make their teams more like the best; has implemented a listening strategy and dashboards designed to deliver real-time intelligence to our business leaders about the things that matter most to our employees; and has designed learning, coaching, and assessments for individuals, teams and teams of teams to help lift the performance of Cisco and enrich the employee experience.

Now with a continued focus on creating the best experience of work for every employee at Cisco, Ashley and his team are working on a new vision for performance in a world with no ratings; exploring how social network maps based on real-time intelligence can be used to accelerate both performance and careers; and are reimagining the role of human resources in a world of instant communication and dynamic teams.

Prior to joining Cisco, Ashley spent fourteen years at Deloitte, where he was responsible for Leader Development and Performance Management Redesign efforts in the US.  He was the co-author, with Marcus Buckingham, of “Reinventing Performance Management”, the cover story in the April 2015 edition of the Harvard Business Review, and he and Marcus have again joined forces to write Nine Lies About Work, a prescription for the world of talent in the 21st century, to be published by Harvard Business Press in the Spring of 2019.

Ashley holds a BA in Music from University College, Oxford, and an MBA from Columbia Business School.