Marcus Buckingham: Why Love And Work Are Inextricable

For over twenty-five years, Marcus Buckingham has been one of the world’s leading researchers on human performance, especially in our workplaces. He is the New York Times bestselling author or co-author of ten books, including the business classic, First, Break All the Rules” in addition to, “Now, Discover Your StrengthsNine Lies About Work.”

You probably know that Marcus is a highly analytical, data-driven trend evaluator who left his mark at Gallup. Yet, ironically, his rigorous study has landed on a conclusion many of us might accurately say needed no deep-dive at all: Love, which is the most powerful of all human emotions – the source of our creativity, collaboration, insight, & excellence – has been systematically drained from our work lives. And, It’s time we brought love back in.

We’ve all heard the adage, “Do what you love.” But how many of us has fully discovered what we really do love doing most, what fully engages us & makes us thrive? And, how many of us get to bring our full, messy, unique, weird & amazing selves to our jobs instead of being expected to conform & tamp down our individual & personal expression?

The release of Marcus’s new book, “Love And Work” coincides with the publishing of this podcast, & during our conversation, we not only discuss the many uncommon & creative ways we can unleash our true individual selves, we dig into the relevance of employee engagement in the post-COVID era (spoiler alert: it’s more important than ever), & why workplace leadership demands a complete reinvention in order to foster love, respect, appreciation – the things all of us are needing & wanting in our work experience today.

As I hope you’ve come to expect, this is another stunning, insightful & unusual conversation that is sure to enrich you in many unexpected ways.

By Mark C. Crowley

Mark C. Crowley is the author of Lead From The Heart: Transformational Leadership For The 21st Century which has been taught in 11 American universities. He is a global speaker, leadership consultant and thought leader on the topics of workplace culture and employee engagement.