Brenda Smotherman
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(Nashville, Tenn.) – After its first official week of release, StandOut: The Groundbreaking New Strengths Assessment from the Leader of the Strengths Revolution, by bestselling author and internationally renowned keynote speaker Marcus Buckingham, will debut at #11 on the “Hardcover Advice, How-To, Misc.” New York Times Best Seller List for the week of October 2nd.  

Over the last decade, Marcus Buckingham has revolutionized the business world with his groundbreaking ideas. Now, with his new book, StandOut (9781400202379/ $22.99/ Thomas Nelson), he introduces the next generation strengths assessment, with cutting edge technology, that willgive any professional adistinct edge at work.  

In today’s world, people demand customization and individualization of content delivery. Most strengths assessments pull you apart and describe your style—they make you feel good about yourself. However, just like product customization is among the most critical means for achieving true value, StandOut provides the information to take your work to the next level based on the algorithm of you.  

The innovative StandOut assessment measures individuals on nine Strength Roles revealing their top two. These two Strength Roles are where they will make their greatest contribution. They are their edge—where they will have a natural advantage over everyone else, which is essential given today’s economy and jobs agenda issues. And they are their multiplier— where they will most quickly learn and improve upon any innovations, techniques, or best practices that complement these roles.   

Where other assessments stop at description, StandOut is prescriptive taking the next step by providing practical advice on what to do to make the most of one’s strengths. Additional information is available by visiting  

StandOut is a true reflection of Marcus Buckingham working from his core strengths,” notes Brian Hampton Senior Vice President and Publisher for Thomas Nelson’s Nonfiction Trade Group. ‘We’re excited to see that the book is resonating with people and helping them win at work.”  

Marcus Buckingham’s groundbreaking ideas started a strengths revolution that has changed the business world.  His books have sold more than four million copies and he addresses over 250,000 people each year as a highly sought after keynote speaker.  Through his training and management consulting firm, The Marcus Buckingham Company (, he teaches managers how to turn their associates’ strengths into performance.  

Before launching TMBC, Buckingham spent nearly two decades as a Senior Researcher at Gallup studying what drives exceptional performance in the world’s best managers.  A past member of the Secretary of States’ Advisory Committee on Leadership and Management, he graduated from Cambridge University with a Master’s Degree in Social and Political Science.  He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.  


StandOut: The Groundbreaking New Strengths Assessment from the Leader of the Strengths Revolution
By Marcus Buckingham
Jacketed Hardcover ISBN: 9781400202379 / E-Book ISBN: 9781400203666  MSRP: $22.99
Available Now from Thomas Nelson, Inc.  

For Additional Information and Review Copies, contact: Brenda Smotherman – or 615-902-2231