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(Nashville, Tenn.) September 27, 2011 – Bestselling author and internationally renowned keynote speaker, Marcus Buckingham, has once again hit the best-seller’s lists with his new business book “StandOut: The Groundbreaking New Strengths Assessment from the Leader of the Strengths Revolution.” The book has debuted at #3 in the “Hardcover Business” category of The Wall Street Journal’s Best-Selling Books List and #67 in the USA Today’s Best-Selling Books Top 150 List, based on sales through Sunday, September 18th. It was also announced that for the week commencing October 2nd, “StandOut” will be positioned at #11 on the “Hardcover Advice, How-To, Misc.” category, on the New York Times’ Best Seller List.  

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 is providing the next generation a “strengths assessment,” that allows for customization and individualization with cutting edge technology, that will give any professional a distinct edge at work.  

Instead of simply describing a professional’s work-style, the book and its online assessment provide information allows readers to, take your work to the next level based on the algorithm of you.  The featured “StandOut” assessment measures nine specific “Strength Roles” revealing the reader’s most prominent top two. These two “roles” are where readers will make the greatest contribution in their professional life. This is what Buckingham describes as the individual’s edge—where they will have a natural advantage over everyone else. Where other assessments stop at descriptive, “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  

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.  

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