The tour kicked off yesterday in New York. About 200 human resources professionals showed up at the Loews at 68th and Broadway to hear Marcus Buckingham speak, to see Chapter One of his amazing film series Trombone Player Wanted and to learn a bit about the Strengths Movement in schools as exemplified by Purnell School. A great group of people. Lot’s of excitement about Marcus’s new book, Go Put Your Strengths to Work. Jenifer Fox, the Head of Purnell School and a leader in the Strengths in Schools Movement , introduced the film about the Purnell School–a school that puts the theory to action in schools using The Affinities Program, a rigorous, dynamic four-year strengths-based curriculum written and developed by Fox. The tour hits the road by bus, traveling to 19 cities spreading the word about the importance of strengths at work and in schools. An unlikely partnership, Fox and Buckingham met by accident on the internet last June while Jenifer was researching resources for her Affinities Classes. She came across Buckingham’s Trombone Player Wanted and realized he was doing the same thing in business that she was doing in her school. ” I was stunned, ” Fox admits, “I felt kind of silly, really. I was totally unaware of Buckingham’s work, or any of his books. My first introduction to his ideas came after I had written the curriculum, and the first thing I discovered was Trombone Player Wanted. I have seen the first film a hundred times and I am still moved by it.” I think it was the fact that I didn’t know anything about him that made this partnership most exciting for both of us. We both believe that change is in the wind, and the time for change is now.” A series of interactions led them to form a unique partnership to spread the word about strengths in schools and in business.