Keynote: Marcus Buckingham
Marcus begins by discussing the research he’s at ATD ICE to conduct. He explains his process for conducting this research. Using marriage as an example, he explains how if you study all of the unhappy and happy marriages, there is one thing in common: people argue a lot. Following the logic that good is the opposite of bad, so for a really good marriage, don’t fight. But this isn’t true. It’s the space between the fights that defines a really good marriage – the fights are a way to reconnect.
“You can’t infer what excellence looks like by studying failure.” (Buckingham, 2018)
They found a number of misconceptions…or lies…within their research. It’s very hard to stay on top of talent when you’re looking at a series of lies about work:
- People care which company they work for
- The best plan wins
- The best companies cascade goals
- Well-rounded people are better
- People crave feedback
- People can reliably rate other people
- People have potential
- We should seek work/life balance
- ‘Leadership’ is a thing
These nine lies are all about how we get the most out of talent. Work is a magnificent place in which a person gets to manifest their talent, but we can’t do it if we’re operating on the wrong assumptions or beliefs.
“Be dangerous.” (Buckingham, 2018)
Think about an outcome that can really get you to focus.
“Learning is helping someone discover the patterns that are already there. Learning is insight.” (Buckingham, 2018)
He explains that talent develops only because of other humans (recognizing your potential).
Overall: Marcus’ session was great, but he’s a very fast speaker, so I found it quite challenging to draft a comprehensive blog post for this keynote – my apologies.