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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (462 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marcus Buckingham Narrator: Marcus Buckingham Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The principal author of the extraordinary bestsellers First, Break All the Rules and Now, Discover Your Strengths offers a dramatically new way to understand the art of success.

Great managing, great leading, and career success -- Buckingham draws on a wealth of examples to reveal the single controlling insight that lies at the heart of each. Lose sight of this "one thing" and even your best efforts will be diminished or compromised. Success comes to those who remain mindful of the core insight, understand all of its ramifications, and orient their decisions around it. Buckingham backs his arguments with authoritative research from a wide variety of sources, including his own data and in-depth interviews with individuals at every level of an organization, from CEOs to hotel maids and stockboys.

In every way a groundbreaking audiobook, The One Thing You Need to Know offers essential performance and career lessons for businesspeople at all career stages. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Marcus Buckingham's insights about what matters most have been enormously helpful for our people. His grasp of the pivotal difference between great managing and great leadership, and how to act on that knowledge has proven an essential insight for key leaders at Best Buy.”

    Brad Anderson, vice chairman and CEO, Best Buy, Inc.

  • “Buckingham is a superb writer and speaker who can make complex ideas crystal clear, cut through to the core insight, and reveal its crucial importance. He has been an inspiration to all of us at Lexus.”

    Denny Clements, group vice president and general manager, Lexus USA

  • “As I read The One Thing You Need to Know, for the first time I had the urge to compare someone— Marcus Buckingham—to Peter Drucker. Buckingham performs the most magical of acts: he speaks with surpassing common sense, yet reaches profoundly uncommon conclusions. This is a wise—and radical—book; a true gem worth savoring.”

    Tom Peters

  • “Given the tremendous complexities of today's business environment and consumer expectations, Marcus Buckingham is able to deliver a clear path of understanding to the simple truths at the heart of managing and leading. The 'one thing' I find invaluable about this book is its unique, challenging examples about how to stay laser focused on operational excellence.”

    Robert L. Nardelli, chairman, president, and CEO, The Home Depot, Inc.

  • “Marcus Buckingham has a keen sense of what it takes to excel, and he backs his insights with an impressive body of in-depth interviews and research. This is an important book for anybody who aspires to effective leadership, managing, or any kind of enduring individual achievement.”

    Richard M. Kovacevich, chairman, president, and CEO, Wells Fargo and Company

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Raushawna | 2/13/2014

    " The one thing you need to know is...it is all about people and relationships. That is the basics of the book. The author tells you this many different ways and times - a little boring, may be better as a book on tape. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kate Hannon | 2/11/2014

    " Not very well-written, and full of trite quotes from sports legends. A much better and more useful read for those in management/leadership positions, as opposed to individual employees not charged with managing others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michael | 2/3/2014

    " The author makes an excellent case that great managing, great leading, and sustained individual success come from focusing on your strengths rather than trying to improve your weaknesses. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kristin | 2/2/2014

    " A little repetitious with his other work, particularly on the management side. But a fine read for reinforcing and I enjoyed the leadership content. "

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