Best of Mentoring: Mark Murphy on Talented Terrors


Mark Murphy’s mentoring series is all about uncovering the most important secrets of effective leadership. He and Fran discussed common misconceptions about leadership, like why it’s not motivational speaking, as well as the power of early detection.

In this session, Mark discusses the danger of talented terrors: people who look like high producers but don’t fit in with your company culture and have a negative impact on the organization as a whole. The positive surface numbers might be masking problems in many aspects of the business. A positive culture doesn’t mean positive thinking, Mark says, but a truly positive culture is a winning recipe for everyone.

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About Mark Murphy

Mark Murphy is the founder and CEO of Leadership IQ, a top-rated research and management consulting firm that delivers employee engagement surveys and leadership training for small and mid-size businesses. Mark is the best-selling author of Hundred Percenters, Hiring for Attitude, and Hard Goals. Through Leadership IQ, his programs focus on leadership that inspires a culture with truly engaged employees, who will drive the best results for your business. His work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Forbes, and other business outlets, and his clients include Harvard Business School, Charles Schwab, Microsoft, IBM, and MasterCard.


GoSmallBiz offers small business consulting, CEO advice, and an extensive online learning center for small businesses and entrepreneurs. The mission of is simple – to improve the lives of its customers and give them a better chance at success. The GoSmallBiz business specialists have hundreds of years of combined business experience in both private and public companies, and represent all major industries and professions, including CPAs and specialists in finance, sales, marketing, HR, IT, and operations.