About Stewart Liff
Stewart Liff is currently the President and CEO of Stewart Liff & Associates, Inc., a Consulting Company based in California. In this capacity, he serves as a consultant, trainer and public speaker. He has worked with a large variety of organizations including the Departments of Defense, Labor, Veterans Affairs (VA), Justice and Treasury, as well such diverse organizations as the World Bank, OPM, the State Government of Georgia, the Ohio Department of Alcohol, Drugs and Mental Health and the Brigham Young University Football Team.
Prior to joining the private sector, Mr. Liff worked in the Federal government for 32 years; 16 in Human Resources Management (HRM) and 16 in line management, with the last 12 being as a senior executive.
A recognized expert in the field of HRM, Mr. Liff successfully represented the government in approximately 30 hearings before third parties. He has taught many classes on HRM and his expertise includes performance management, employee relations, labor relations, EEO, staffing, training, rewards and recognition, metrics, systems design, strategic planning and succession planning. He has written several books on HRM including “Managing Government Employees: How to Motivate Them, Deal with Difficult Issues and Achieve Tangible Results,” (AMACOM Books, February 2007), “Managing Your Government Career: How to Arrive, Survive and Thrive,” (AMACOM Books, February 2009), “The Complete Guide to Hiring and Firing a Government Employee,” and "Improving the Performance of Government Employees," (AMACOM Books, February 2011.). He also writes a column for www.OhMyGOv.com entitled “Stewart Liff on Government.”
Mr. Liff is one of the world’s foremost proponents of using visual displays to connect employees to the mission and for sharing performance information with the workforce. As Director of VA’s Los Angeles Regional Office (LARO) from 1994 – 2006, he developed a virtual museum of veterans benefits, private reflection areas depicting the veteran's experience, and a holographic exhibit telling the story of Los Angeles' veterans. He also installed a series of monitors that conveyed real time information on telephone service, and posted individual performance and group rewards and recognition information. This effort was so successful that the LARO was nationally recognized in 2001 when it received the United States Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM’s) prestigious PILLAR (Performance Incentives Leadership Linked to Achieving Results) Award.
Mr. Liff co-authored a book on this concept entitled, “Seeing is Believing: How the New Art of Visual Management Can Boost Performance throughout Your Organization,” (along with Pamela A. Posey, D.B.A., AMACOM Books, October 2004.)
He was born in Rego Park, New York, on October 20, 1951. A talented artist, he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from Queens College and a Master's Degree in Fine Arts from Hunter College.
He lives with his wife Lisa in both Santa Clarita, California and Washington, D.C.
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