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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

Juggling the demands of running your own shop

A successful approach builds in flexibility and acknowledges the inherent ups and downs.

Getting at the root causes of your occasional blow ups

Q: I totally lost it this morning. Parenting and working is a lot to handle, and I am almost always living life right at the…

Reyer: How to deal with a boss who swoops in and takes over

Look for some low-risk ways to vent, then try moving ahead.

Reyer: No longer expected to help out other teams? Why is that unsettling?

Understand the roots of your concerns and focus on the benefits you can realize.

Managing a group that is smart but headstrong

Q: I'm on a multi-department team that is overseeing some major organizational changes. It's a smart and dedicated group. The challenge is that we've had…

Too negative? Here's how to build a new approach

Q: I'm more negative than I'd like when I go into new situations or meet new people. I'm hypercritical, not on purpose, but it gets…

Reyer: How to sound more sure of yourself at work

This calls for both inner and outer work to resolve.

Reyer: What to do when you are rising in your company and not liking what you see

You need to decide if you can be a difference maker in this situation.

Reyer: Want to make sure you're getting the right training? Take the initiative

Be open to planning and serendipity to get the most new learning opportunities.

As a manager, you should help team members share information and experiences

Q: I like sending team members to conferences, panels and other learning activities. But no matter how much I ask, they are not good about…

Coach's Corner: Getting employees on board with change demands planning, tact

Q: What do you do when executives support a change initiative but individuals (and even some mid-level managers) resist? How can I get people to…

Reyer: How to rebuild your work team's flagging momentum

Great things happen when a team comes together.

Reyer: If your co-workers act like you are a bully, you probably are

Be real with yourself, own your behavior and find new ways to interact.

Reyer: Is your productivity stalled? Here's how to jump-start yourself at work

A seasonal slump is not uncommon.

Reyer: If your boss is a bad fit, do this before you head for the door

It's helpful to build on positives, but you may have to dig deep.

Reyer: Planning is key when returning to the workforce

A big part is believing in yourself; then you will be able to tell a compelling story about your readiness to return.

Reyer: How to handle a chatty boss who makes it tough to get things done

This is a control device, whether it's intentional or not.
Reyer: How to repair the damage when you leave co-worker out to dry

Reyer: How to repair the damage when you leave co-worker out to dry

If you want a no-risk solution, you are not really stepping up to take responsibility for your actions.

To be an effective planner, find a style that suits you

Q: I want to get my year off to a good start from a planning and direction point of view. What's the best way to…
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How to work your way up the gratitude scale

I've been spending some time feeling fortunate. There are the obvious reasons. A great family, good health, caring friends and interesting work. I wish this…

Scheduling at the holidays should be a team effort

Q: Last year we had a huge mess at the holidays, with too many people off work, not enough arrangements made for coverage, etc. After…
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Sudden sales drop should be small retailer's wake-up call

If you're still selling the same products in the same way, it's not a surprise that you're seeing declines.

Winning back a work team that doesn't trust you

Rather than trying to change them, focus on your own leadership skills.

Reyer: Turning your attitude around in a high-stress workplace

It's easy to fall into the trap of believing that others are causing your feelings.
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How to compete for top talent when you can't pay top dollar

Q: As the owner of a small business in a small city, I'm having trouble attracting and retaining good employees. There is also a larger,…

How to take charge when you are not a take-charge person

Combine new skills and authenticity to help you meet the needs of this role.
Supervising a new team member can be challenging, but more so if they are “connected.”

That new addition to your team has reputation as a bad performer. Now what?

Set aside the reputation, at least for the moment, and be clear, direct and firm.

Tweaking a post-merger management team

Q: I reconfigured my management team after a merger of two small companies, promoting a couple of very talented people from the other company. I've…

Find authentic ways to grow as a leader

The last thing you want is to go from impersonal to phony.

How to take on a bad actor at work

Your primary anchor needs to be your inner values.

After firing, employee should take responsibility

Regarding performance issues, employees and managers often see things differently.

How to handle a boss who won't delegate until the last minute

Use your track record of last-minute saves to make a case for earlier engagement.
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What to do when the boss wanted that project done yesterday

Q: I’m a project manager whose executive sponsors continually push back on my project time estimates. They want unrealistically short timelines, and, what’s worse, they…
Some good travel advice: Work through the logistics and be yourself.

How to prepare for a long work trip

Go in calm and confident, anchored in authenticity, and don't overpack!

Reyer: It's up to you develop new training program. Now what?

Bring together a variety of resources to help you succeed.
You need to act when a work slump spreads to your private life

You need to act when a work slump spreads to your private life

Best advice: Treat yourself as kindly as you would someone else you care about.
One challenge many people face when working from home is the decrease in social interaction. Electronic connection only goes so far.

Your partner is starting to work from home. Here's how to cope

Every aspect of life is affected in a transition like this, so discuss and plan for as much as you can.

How to gauge if there's too much family in a family-owned business

Pitfalls include being caught in the middle and being the outsider -- always.
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Coming up short? Maybe you're not paying attention

Most unintentional acts result from one simple cause: a failure to pay attention.

How to step in when your team is at odds

Q: Our organization relies heavily on successful cross-functional collaboration. The problem is that a couple of people have fallen into an overly adversarial relationship. How…
No one likes being caught between bosses.

What to do when your boss' boss wants to talk

Start with the facts, write up some background and collect your documentation.

How to stay in the loop when your work team is in another city

The main thing to remember is the onus will be on you.

Reyer: How to dig out at work after a lengthy vacation

Making a plan can help you get your work under control quickly.
A worker who bullies needs to know how her behavior undermines the team.

How to handle a skilled worker who's also a bully

If you tolerate it, you are in essence condoning abusive behavior. And the team is watching.

How to juggle bosses without dropping the ball

Q: I work in a complicated matrixed company, and have three bosses to keep happy. They don't always see eye to eye, so I end…

New job in a new city requires a new approach

Build multiple platforms to support you in your new setting.
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Reyer: How to get to the bottom of a bad attitude

One of many causes worth considering: Are you getting enough time away?
The more passionate and positive you are about returning to school, the easier it’ll be to find people who will support you.

How to build support for your back-to-school goals

Follow your own vision, while making sure you're finding the best way to move forward.
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How to confront trash talk on your work team

After a team member left the company, I found indications that he was trash talking about me with other team members. Now I am having trouble trusting them and their loyalty to me and the team. How can I handle this?
One of the best ways to get out of a panic hole is to break things down into simpler parts.

You have asked for this project, and now you're in over your head

Things seldom are as dire as they seem.

What to do when your boss doesn't follow through on that promotion

My boss keeps making promises about new roles, promotions, etc., and then she doesn't come through. I feel like I'm just being strung along, and what's worse is I've passed on other opportunities because I trusted her. What should I do?

When crunching data, how do you explain results to less tech-savvy boss?

To be effective in your job, you need to master two roles: data exploration and communication.
Differing customs can create a host of misunderstandings.

Reyer: Cultural differences may have affected job performance review

Differing customs can create a host of misunderstandings.

What to do when you're moving up the corporate ladder, but don't like the view

I've been moving into progressively higher roles at my company, with more exposure to the business model and motivations that drive decisions. I've been seriously questioning the corporate world and the sheer greed that drives the majority of the challenges I face. What should I do?

Revamping a work team can't be done all at once

I was just given responsibility for two teams, with a mandate to recraft the staffing structure to meet both current and emerging business needs. Unfortunately, among the nine people I'm now supervising, only three actually have the skills that are needed. What do I do to get my team where it's supposed to be?

How far should you go to back a job candidate?

Q: My department has a strategic staff position opening, and a friend of mine, "Joe," recommended his former colleague "Eleanor" for the position. After meeting…

Co-worker wrongly says you steal her ideas. Here's how to respond.

But be sure you are 100 percent confident about what is happening.

You have been ousted for your job, but asked to stay for transiton

There's no denying that this stings at a lot, so make every effort to keep your cool.

How to dig out of that post-project trough

It would be wise to put strategies and systems in place to prepare for the letdown.
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When colleague fails to follow through, make sure he or she knows what you're asking for

Look closely at what you ask for, how you ask and the strength of the agreements you have reached.

How to make decisions when everybody wants to have a say

It's crucial that the decisionmaking process be focused and the feedback process be respected.

Team project roles not working? OK to re-evaluate midstream

I'm part of a team on a major, highly visible project. We have clear roles but are all associated with the outcomes (for better or worse). Unfortunately, the person who has the role of creating the deliverable for executives and other internal audiences is not good at it but is very attached to his role. How do I help improve quality without causing offense?

Coach's Corner: Putting the spark back into working for yourself

For the past couple of years I've been freelancing, more or less by choice. But lately I've been losing my enthusiasm for it, especially having to find business. How can I put the spark back in?

Coach's Corner: Is your team no longer listening? Time for frank assessment

Over the lifetime of a project, dynamics will change, so it's up to you to remain on top of current needs. More specifically, assess the environment, the project needs, and your interactions to make sure all are in alignment.

Coach's Corner: Keys to being an effective manager for entry level workers

I'm going to start managing entry-level professional employees for the first time and want to be sure they have a good start to their career. What should I be considering?

Reyer: Too much networking? Try to find middle ground

Networking is an essential part of everybody's skill set, but it can get out of balance.
A co-worker’s advice may not always work best for you.

How to assess whether veteran co-worker's advice is sound

I have a co-worker who is always telling me how I should handle different situations. Her advice tends to go against my intuition. She is more experienced than I, so I don't know whether I should trust her guidance or my gut.
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Online survey says you are underpaid. Do you ask for big raise?

Q: After completing an online salary survey, I realized that I am seriously underpaid. I would apparently need a 14-percent increase to reach the average…
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Reyer: Reflect on gifts you have experienced in the past year

At the end of the year and in the thick of the holiday season, many of us find meaning in reflecting on the gifts we…

To address resentment, get at root of uneven year-end workload

Q: For many of my co-workers, the end of the year is pretty slow and many of them have scaled back and are taking a…

Reyer: How to handle a former boss who still wants to call the shots

Q: About six months ago, I took over responsibility for my business unit, as our previous head was interested in moving into semiretirement. The problem?…

Male employee not sure how to help change 'boys club' work culture

Act from a position of integrity and respect to make the most difference.

How to steer meetings with regulators, auditors and other key outside groups

Consider their motivations and plan alternative strategies to keep them on track.

Ready for big career move? Analyze your interests, run the numbers

It's essential to know what you want to do and why it inspires you.

Overly critical boss getting under your skin? First, assess your anger

My boss is really getting to me. No matter how many extra hours I work and the amount I get done, she just snipes at me for things I haven't done. I just don't know what to do to keep moving forward.
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