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(Nashville, Tenn.) – Marcus Buckingham, is celebrating his second week on the best-sellers lists with his new business book “StandOut: The Groundbreaking New Strengths Assessment from the Leader of the Strengths Revolution.” It has been announced that the innovative book has claimed the #5 slot for the “Hardcover Business” category of The Wall Street Journal’s Best-Selling Books List and #68 slot on the USA Today’s Best-Selling Books Top 150 List—based on sales through Sunday, September 25th—and will be positioned at #13 on the “Hardcover Advice, How-To, Misc.” category, on the Oct. 9th New York Times’ Best Seller List.  

Over the last decade, Marcus Buckingham has revolutionized the business world with his groundbreaking ideas. Now, with his business book “StandOut” (9781400202379/ $22.99/ Thomas Nelson) he is providing the next generation strengths assessment, that allows for customization and individualization with cutting edge technology, that will give any professional a distinct edge at work.  

Where other books and assessments are descriptive, StandOut is prescriptive providing practical advice on what to do to make the most of one’s strengths. Buckingham has identified nine possible “Strength Roles,” and the StandOut online assessment reveals an individual’s prominent top two roles which, when put into action, will yield the greatest contribution in their professional life. This is what he describes as the professional’s edge—where they will have a natural advantage over everyone else. Each of the strength rolses is fully delineated in the book, with a wealth of detail that will take readers’ work to the next level including:

  • Where they will be at your most powerful
  • How they can make an immediate impact
  • How they can win as a leader, manager, salesperson, or individual contributor  

Comprehensive information about the book and assessment 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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