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Quotes by Marcus Buckingham

A Collection of Quotes by Marcus Buckingham

“Talent is the multiplier. The more energy and attention you invest in it, the greater the yield. The time you spend with your best is, quite simply, your most productive time.”

“The best strategy for building a competitive organization is to help individuals become more of who they are.”

“Focus on each person’s strengths and manage around his weaknesses. Don’t try to fix the weaknesses. Don’t try to perfect each person. Instead do everything you can to help each person cultivate his talents. Help each person become more of who he already is.”

“We dream of having a clean house – but who dreams of actually doing the cleaning? We don’t have to dream about doing the work, because doing the work is always within our grasp; the dream, in this sense, is to attain the goal without the work.”

“No idea will work if people don’t trust your intentions toward them.”

“You can find energizing moments in each aspect of your life, but to do so you must learn how to catch them, hold on to them, to feel the pull of their weight and allow yourself to follow where they lead.”

“The difference between a pebble and a mountain lies in whom you ask to move it.”

“Any recurring patterns of behavior that can be productively applied are talents.”

“We live with them every day, and they come so easily to us that they cease to be precious.”

“The best way to find out whether you’re on the right path? Stop looking at the path.”

“Women have lives that become increasingly empty. They’re doing more and feeling less.”

“As a general rule, people tend to do best what they enjoy doing most.”

“If we have to know without a doubt that the choices we are making are the perfect ones, we risk never making any choices at all.”

“The talented employee may join a company because of its charismatic leaders, its generous benefits, and its world-class training programs, but how long that employee stays and how productive he is while he is there is determined by his relationship with his immediate supervisor.”

“Men have the choice to arrange their schedules so they can pick up the kids from school twice a week. And they have the choice not to, and then to feel guilty about this choice.”

“Discover what you don’t like doing and stop doing it.”

“Passion isn’t something that lives way up in the sky, in abstract dreams and hopes. It lives at ground level, in the specific details of what you’re actually doing every day.”

“If you want to be clear, act.”

“The secret to living a strong life is right in front of you, calling to you every day. It can be found in your emotional reaction to specific moments in your life.”

“Life’s tricky for women because they have to make more choices than men. And yes, choice is good, but boy, you better be an expert choice-maker.”

“You cannot learn very much about excellence from studying failure.”

“The opposite of a leader isn’t a follower. The opposite of a leader is a pessimist.”

“Everyone can probably do at least one thing better than ten thousand other people.”

“Always work hard. Intensity clarifies. It creates not only momentum, but also the pressure you need to feel either friction, or fulfillment.”

“Great leaders rally people to a better future.”

“Don’t waste time trying to put in what was left out. Try to draw out what was left in.”

“Authenticity is your most precious commodity as a leader.”

“The world you see is seen by you alone. What entices you and what repels you, what strengthens you and what weakens you, is part of a pattern that no one else shares. ”

“In the world according to great managers, the employee is the star. The manager is the agent. And, as in the world of performing arts, the agent expects a great deal from his stars.”

“Innovation and best practices can be sown throughout an organization – but only when they fall on fertile ground.”

“There has to be a way to redirect employee’s driving ambition and to channel it more productively. There is. Create heroes in every role. Make every role, performed at excellence, a respected profession.”

“These four characteristics — simplicity, frequent interaction, focus on the future, and self-tracking — are the foundation for a successful “performance management” routine.”

“Your strongest life is built through a continuous practice of designing moment by moment.”

“No matter how well-intended, relationships preoccupied with weakness never end well.”

“In most cases, no matter what it is, if you measure it and reward it, people will try to excel at it.”

“The corporate world is appallingly bad at capitalizing on the strengths of its people.”

“Our talents feel so natural to us that they seem to be common sense.”

“Strengths are not activities you’re good at, they’re activities that strengthen you.”

“Focusing on strengths is the surest way to greater job satisfaction, team performance and organizational excellence.”

“If you are innately skeptical of other people’s motives, then no amount of good behavior in the past will ever truly convince you that they are not just about to disappoint you. Suspicion is a permanent condition.”

“The hardest thing about being a manager is realizing that your people will not do things the way that you would.”

“The true genius of a great manager is his or her ability to individualize. A great manager is one who understands how to trip each person’s trigger.”

” Looking at your friends and wishing you had what they had is a waste of precious energy. Because we are all unique, what makes another happy may do the opposite for you.”

“Emphasize your strengths on your resume, in your cover letters and in your interviews. It may sound obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people simply list everything they’ve ever done.”

“When you feel as though you can’t do something, the simple antidote is action: Begin doing it. Start the process, even if it’s just a simple step, and don’t stop at the beginning.”

“You will have to manage around the weaknesses of each and every employee. But if, with one particular employee, you find yourself spending most of your time managing around weaknesses, then know that you have made a casting error. At this point it is time to fix the casting error and to stop trying to fix the person.”

“Define excellence vividly, quantitatively. Paint a picture for your most talented employees of what excellence looks like. Keep everyone pushing and pushing toward the right-hand edge of the bell curve.”

“Though women begin their lives more fulfilled than men, as they age, they gradually become less happy. Men, in contrast, get happier as they get older.”

” You are a leader if and only if, you are restless for change, impatient for progress and deeply dissatisfied with status quo. Because in your head, you can see a better future.”

“Many of us feel stress and get overwhelmed not because we’re taking on too much, but because we’re taking on too little of what really strengthens us.”

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