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Trombone Player Wanted

Marcus Buckingham , Marcus Buckingham  |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Marcus Buckingham
  • Directors: Marcus Buckingham
  • Format: NTSC, Widescreen
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Studio: The Marcus Buckingham Company
  • DVD Release Date: June 4, 2007
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WCDIL4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,031 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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About the Actor

Marcus Buckingham holds a master's degree in social and political science from Cambridge University and is a member of the Secretary of State's Advisory Committee on Leadership and Management. Having interviewed thousands of people, Marcus Buckingham is widely considered one of the world's authorities on employee productivity and the practices of leading and managing. The definitive perspective on the strengths movement can be found in his best selling books "First, Break All The Rules" and "Now, Discover Your Strengths" while understanding the crucial difference between managing and leading may be found in his title, "The One Thing You Need To Know". Marcus lives with his wife and two children in Los Angeles.

Product Description

In the new short-film series, Trombone Player Wanted, Marcus Buckingham, best-selling author and one of Business Week's Best of 2006-Thought Leaders, teaches you how to discover your Strengths and put them to work. The bite-sized short films, six in the series and approximately 15 minutes in length, communicate to you in a way to drive your personal and team performance.

Trombone Player Wanted is a powerful tool that helps you discover and put your Strengths to work. Trombone Player Wanted is more than a short film series--it is a stirring new medium.

Each of the six films in Trombone Player Wanted provides powerful lessons for managers and employees striving to be more productive and more focused today than they were yesterday.

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! November 7, 2007
This video series (6 vignettes) is, in a word, amazing. Marcus Buckingham ("First, Break All the Rules") talks about strengths and weaknesses in a very new way. All the while, an unspoken and unnarrated story of a boy and a trombone goes on in parallel. As a corporate trainer, I'm skeptical about this stuff, and find most business videos overpriced, poorly acted, and not well-thought-out. Not so here, as Buckinham's message is clear, relevant, and very useful. Highly recommended.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch this with your whole family! February 17, 2007
Buckingham defines a strength as "anything you do that makes you feel stronger." It's not just "being good" at something!' This series is an excellent starting place for evaluating how you do life, and how you coach/manage others to do their lives!

I've enjoyed Buckinham's writing- but he is an amazingly engaging speaker as well. The Production of these short films is great. The online-content that goes along with it helps you to get even more out of it. Watch this first--> then read Marcus's books. There is an excellent sub-narrative that is played out as Marcus is talking. This really helped me talk with my son about the content.

As I was watching the Trombone Players Wanted DVD series, Ian (my 8 year old little guy) walked up and sat on my lap. He focused on the clip for 14 minutes, and when it was over he asked if he could watch the whole thing. Adrienne walked in to tell him it was bedtime, and Ian proceeded to summarize the clip. He said:

"Mom, this dvd is about how you guys tell me to work hardest at the things I'm good at and to not give up. It's about how it's okay that I'm not very good in writing and music class, as long as I make sure to do my best at getting better at things I'm good at, like reading and speaking."

He saw the correllation between how we are trying to parent (we recently got report cards) and what Buckingham is coaching people to do in their lives.

Adrienne let him stay up and watch more segments. We are going to re-watch the whole deal with Mommy and Kathleen on Monday. We spend so much time being ashamed and/or covering up our weaknesses that we ignore developing our strengths. I'm so glad Ian get's to start out by feeling good about his strenghts
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's A Mindset... February 10, 2007
If you really listed to Marcus and are open to looking at another approach to how you do what you do, you'll make the connection. I have showed Disk 1 to six people and every single one of them was eager to learn more. So...what about you? I assure you, the time will fly just by as you engage in this DVD series.

My only wish is that all 6 parts were on one DVD. Each is 10-15 minutes and they all could have fit on 1 disk. I guess a walk to the DVD player to change the DVD is a good thing!?!?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! October 22, 2006
I've watched it twice now and taken notes. Marcus Buckingham, the author of "Now, Discover Your Strengths" speaks in each movie for 10-15 minute clips about the essentials of developing your talents into strengths and being part of the 20% of people who say they use their strengths every day. He has a gift of explaining the essence and dynamics of strengths.

The movies have a story running in the background, which plays at key intervals throughout each film. The story highlights the life of a school-aged boy who is unwittingly stuck playing the trombone in the school orchestra, when he'd much rather be playing the drums. As the movies progress, he takes the necessary steps to do what he loves. The steps he takes follow Marcus's main points in the film and adds a nice touch to this excellent production.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent video series December 7, 2008
I read the book Go Put Your Strengths to Work and thought it was incredible. It's a drastic mind shift from the traditional "fix what's broken" attitude. This video series is incredibly inventive - it drives home a point while being interesting to watch. I intend on taking these videos and turning them into a development program for my employees.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best creative video on the subject February 25, 2008
When I first say this video, I was set back in amazement on how cleaver Marcus has made a "talking head" video. It is the best I've ever seen and the application is for all businesses and non-profits. I'm going to order 10 more to give to my business friends. I can't say enough to recommend this series. This is well done!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Attention all business leaders!! May 12, 2007
Marcus Buckingham has captured the essence of greatness and success in organizations and the individuals within these organizations. All leaders must watch this superb short movie series and discover the secret to leading a strengths focused organization.
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