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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

Reyer: Networking tips for those who really don't like networking

Redefine it as "connecting," enhancing existing relationships and forming new ones.

Reyer: Selling a wide range of execs on your strategic idea

You will also be able to demonstrate your familiarity with their needs. There's nothing as reassuring as knowing your interests are accounted for.

Reyer: Getting your far-flung team to adjust to work amid the virus

As an aware leader, you are laying the foundation for your team to experience compassion and then be able to share it.

Reyer: How to make the most of education and move into workforce

As a foundation, focus on relationships.

Reyer: Shifting to crisis mode with a co-worker who's a perfectionist

Be very clear on your goal, defining it precisely so that "nice to haves" can be set aside.

Reyer: Boss who doesn't always respond may be looking for you to take charge

As you move up in an organization, you need to become more self-reliant.

Reyer: How to coach a manager who is struggling to manage

It might not be easy to break through, but once you can get him to reflect on his management style, growth can occur.

Reyer: How to fix a broken team when you are not in charge

Success will depend on your colleagues' ability — and willingness — to step up.

Reyer: Returning to work after layoff? Make a plan to adjust

In the time before you start, get warmed up by starting your day at the same time you will need to once you are in your job.

Reyer: How to lead top-notch meetings at work

Preparation will equip you to succeed and ease your nerves.

Reyer: Congratulations on realizing you're a control freak. Here's what to do about it.

In order to build trust in others, start by trusting yourself and your ability to make good choices.

Reyer: Try these steps to move on from winter and get ready for spring

It's the perfect time to prepare for new growth and invest in yourself/

Reyer: Getting to the bottom of indecision that could upend a career

It's easier to stall on decisions than to expose yourself to error.

Reyer: Your current job is uninspiring. Should you stay or should you go?

Start by asking yourself a few questions.

Reyer: How to rally your team when your company is struggling

Top performers have options, and if they believe your company is circling the drain, they may well choose to move on.

Reyer: Changing the dynamics with a blindsiding boss

Depending on the nature of your relationship, you may be able to have a candid conversation about these interactions.

Reyer: Your co-worker spills the beans about your plans to leave the company; now what?

Assess the consequences of this disclosure, thinking about who is now aware and their level of interest in news about your plan.

Reyer: Making the case to counter an offer made to key employee

The key is tying contributions to the things company officials care about most.
Consider how to make your current job manageable before deciding to leave.

Reyer: Your dream job out of college is a big snooze. Is it time to leave?

Consider what attracted you to this role in the first place and look for ways to maximize it.

A colleague who holds your work team together is leaving. How does the team adjust?

Acknowledge the loss and embrace the possibilities

Reyer: Some ideas to help you get ready for the new year

A special word or a vision poster can give your efforts focus.

Reyer: How to prepare for helping key client's business thrive

Reflect on the past, then use your insights to prepare for the future.

Reyer: How to prevent the winter blues from darkening your mood

Among the ideas: Help others and find appealing things to do that will make you feel engaged.

How to stop underselling yourself at work during annual review time

Start with a list of contributions you have made over the past year. This may not be as easy as it sounds.

Reyer: How to keep an audience awake during your next PowerPoint

A good story has conflict. Define the essence of conflict in your situation. Then play around with finding analogies.

Reyer: When 'just being yourself' doesn't come naturally

By mirroring your good feelings and paying attention to your emotional and physical responses to stress, you can help open the door.

Reyer: Turning negative at work? Here's how to fend it off

Reframing the issue to ask yourself if you're actually the problem is a huge step forward.

How to develop a career plan that can actually help you

Q: I’m facing a job change and am thinking about my next step. In reflecting, I realize that I’ve never had a plan or vision…

Reyer: In uncertain times, senior leaders can't hoard information

Your approach may be less damaging in a steady state time, but during a time of ambiguity, it will be especially ineffective.

Working with other departments can be tricky if your boss is a problem

Q: My problem is my new boss. He treats me well but is very ineffective within the organization. As a result, I have a hard…

Reyer: Cross-functional project a solid test of leadership

In particular, think about the areas of adaptability and communication.

How to balance aging parents, young children, demanding work

Q: My life is challenging right now. My mom lives in another state and is having serious health issues. I have kids at home, and…

Reyer: How to handle a co-worker who always makes you wait

Clueless or intentionally rude? That will help you figure out the right path.

Reyer: Your new manager has no idea who you are. Here's how to fix that

However, trite though it may sound, you do choose your reactions.

Reyer: How to handle the new employee who comes on too strong

Be welcoming and express your expectations clearly.

Reyer: Working from home works for you, but the boss wants you in the office.

Understanding the points of view involved is important.

How to keep vacations from upending your team

Is this a pattern, one that could be having a negative impact in other aspects of life?

What to do when everybody wants a say on your big project

You can try pulling back the curtains by sharing each stakeholder's feedback.

Reinvigorating a workplace initiative that has gone flat

Q: My company put a work-management initiative in place a while ago, but it's not going very well. People don't quite understand it and it's…

How to lead yet more change at a company weary from change

Q: People at my company have change fatigue, and I've been asked to lead yet another change. Teams will get reorganized somewhat and processes will…

Reyer: How to survive a special project that will double your work time.

Realistically, you will have some slumps during this time. When that happens, give yourself permission to take a break.

Reyer: How to cope with sudden layoff? Readers weigh in

Difficult situation, both emotionally and practically? Of course. But also, it can be almost liberating.

Part-timer pressured to work more hours worries about saying 'no'

Q: I work part-time out of choice in an hourly job. My problem is that my boss and co-workers don’t respect my boundaries. They pressure…

Reyer: When the top bosses don't agree, you need to get involved

Q: I’m feeling powerless and frustrated at work. I’m responsible to help execute strategy but the team of executives responsible for defining it can’t seem…

What to do when your co-workers want to make things too complicated

Q: I work with some people who always seem to be trying to make things more complicated than they need to be. They suggest adding…

You have been laid off and need to find a job fast. Here's what to do.

Q: I was laid off this week and was not prepared for it. I knew it could be coming, but didn't face it. I've got…

Reyer: You are planning to retire soon. When should you let the boss know?

Keep in mind that the external environment, particularly the economy, could affect your timing.

Getting to the bottom of a top worker's recent slide

Q: I have a strong performer on my team who is starting to slip. He is missing deadlines, making errors and isn't his usual positive…

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.