How leaders get and keep great employees


An employer selection tool for women

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While some would argue this isn’t needed, would there be an argument if the situation didn’t exist? In other words, yay! The power of information to make better decisions is implicit in the creation of databases like this. It’s an opportunity for women to describe whether it’s a “woman-friendly” workplace. And yay for the day when they ARE NOT needed… Your insight into employer selection […]

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Great employees reduce customer churn

Listen up

The title of this article, Listen to your employees, not just your customers, from Harvard Business Review is a great example of how organizations focused on customer delight (a really good thing!) miss this connection to the power of employee engagement in the equation that can easily make it a really GREAT thing! Here are some highlights: (though the article is brief) => With the […]

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How your goal can be clarified FOR you

Clear goal required

  ~~~~~ Chris believes that leaders and employees want to feel and be amazing at what you get to do, every day. She works with you to attract, retain and engage the best talent for your organization. Her specialties include collaborative teaming and guiding you to lead masterfully.  Her commitment goes back to her days in corporate, and the private one-on-one conversations with high-level leaders, […]

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How to erase that fine line in your career

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How to Walk that Fine Line in Your Career Each Day…   CHRIS MAKELL Share:     It’s no secret (heck it’s a highly visible discussion in women in tech twitter feeds, facebook groups, slack and other forums) women in tech are facing the ever-present challenge of women in tech representation in leadership roles. So it’s no wonder that you walk a fine line every day […]

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Women In Technology International welcomes speaker, author Chris Makell

Webinar - Aug 18

  How Successful Leaders Beat Self Defeat Thursday, August 18, 2016 12-1PM PT (3-4PM ET) | FREE for WITI Members Presenter(s): Chris Makell, CEO of Spark of Brilliance According to the Anita Borg Institute, research shows that women leave tech companies at twice the rate as men. Why? Well, 30% cite working conditions – their ability to advance and 17% organizational climate – their ability […]

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When managers ask for interesting things

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In my first manager’s position, I was hesitant to ask an employee to do something that I could easily check myself. However, when I realized that doing it would deny the employee an opportunity for growth, I got over it. But I “get it” when leaders are hesitant or question whether they are asking for legitimate actions from their employees. I guess the best “test” […]

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How to value the introvert on your team


Let’s cut to the chase, shall we? Imagine having a team of outgoing, assertive, aggressive, extroverts to lead… Sounds fun, right? You quickly become the referee, not the leader, in the room. While it’s helpful to have “active participation” amongst a team, you will want to encourage the quiet, thoughtful team member to contribute as well. If you have an active team of extroverts, you […]

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