Liz Reyer

Columnist | Coach's Corner
Phone: 651-398-4765
Liz Reyer's Corner column, which advises executives, managers and workers on making positive changes, appears Mondays in the Star Tribune's Business Insider section.

Recent content from Liz Reyer

Reyer: Coping when surprises are being thrown at you

Q I like to be able to plan ahead, and that's been how I've been able to be successful at work. Lately my client has been throwing a lot of surprises my way. It really disrupts my work and I have been getting frustrated and angry. What can I do to get him to give me more lead time when he needs something?

Updated: January 27, 2013, - 06:37 PM

Reyer: Keys to averting those small mistakes that add up

Q I find I'm making a lot of small mistakes at work; I think it's because everything moves so fast and there are so many things to get done each day. Do you have suggestions for ways I can keep things together?

Updated: January 20, 2013, - 06:47 PM

Reyer: New staff member is on a very long-distance leash

Q As a manager, I am accustomed to managing experienced professionals who do not need much day-to-day guidance on performing their tasks. I now have a new entry-level position on my team. The person we've hired is intelligent and motivated but needs a different level of engagement from me to be successful. To add to the complexity, he works in an office six time zones from mine. What is the best way for me to approach this?

Updated: January 06, 2013, - 06:50 PM

Make new year a time for reflecting, not resolving

As we move into a new year, it's customary for many to make resolutions. Bad habits we'll break, good behaviors we'll adopt. It's all well-intended but seldom leads to lasting positive change. Instead, at its worst, it can reinforce a belief that change is too difficult and even yield a sense of failure. Not quite the way to start the year!

Updated: December 30, 2012, - 02:00 PM

Reyer: Try these steps to ease the stress of the holidays

In a busy time of year like the holidays, it can be easy to get stressed out by the demands on your time. Family traditions, parties, school events and travel are added to the usual routine. At the same time, work can pick up in a year-end rush. The pressure can take an unnecessary toll on the joy of the season.

Updated: December 23, 2012, - 06:49 PM

Strategies for focusing amid competing demands

Q I don't believe in multi-tasking, but I have to switch gears so often that it feels like that's what I'm doing. Because of the nature of my work, that's not going to change. I'm finding that it's getting harder and harder to focus; what strategies can I use to lock in my mind when I need to?

Updated: December 16, 2012, - 04:09 PM


Updated: December 16, 2012, - 04:05 PM

Reyer: Getting more comfortable at the negotiating table

QPart of my job is to do some financial negotiations with clients, and I'm struggling with it. I don't feel comfortable, and don't feel like I'm getting the best outcomes. What can I do?

Updated: December 09, 2012, - 07:42 PM

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