About Stewart Liff


Stewart Liff is an award-winning human resource executive, author, advisor, teacher, and artist. Stew 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. He and Pamela A. Posey, D.B.A., co-authored a book on the concept entitled Seeing is Believing: How the New Art of Visual Management will Boost Performance throughout your Organization.

Don’t let Stew’s quiet demeanor fool you. Stew has taken on some of the toughest organization transformations in the federal government and delivered results. He started Stewart Liff & Associates, Inc. to pursue his passion to: 1) Share his unique approach to performance management, which combines the visual arts with performance management called Visual Performance Management; 2) Help organizations design and implement extraordinary Human Resource Management (HRM) programs; 3) Develop high-performing self-managed teams.

A recognized expert in the field of HRM, Stew has 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 ResultsManaging Your Government Career: How to Arrive, Survive and ThriveThe Complete Guide to Hiring and Firing a Government Employee, and Improving the Performance of Government Employees. He also writes a column for www.OhMyGov.com entitled “Stewart Liff on Government.”

Awards and Recognition

Stew’s innovative approach to management has produced extraordinary outcomes and multiple awards including the first “Hammer Award” from Vice President Gore for reinventing government, The President’s Council on Management Improvement Award, The Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Service, and OPM’s prestigious PILLAR (Performance Incentives Leadership Linked to Achieving Results) Award. His work has also been featured in many books and publications including Teams Work: Lessons from Successful Organizations by Will Friedman and Jill Casner-Lotto, Millennial Momentum‬: How a New Generation Is Remaking America‬ by Morley Winograd and Michael D. Hais, ASTD’s the Public Manager, Government Executive Magazine and VA’s Vanguard Magazine.‬‬‬‬‬‬

Stew’s latest book, A Team of Leaders: Empowering Every Member to Take Ownership, Demonstrate Initiative, and Deliver Results, co-authored with Paul Gustavson, describes how to build high performing, self-managed teams.

Government and Business Clientele

Past clients are amazed at how Stew can quickly access what needs to change, how to do it, and how to resolve personnel problems, such as holding employees accountable or dealing with difficult people. Departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs (VA), Justice, Agriculture, Labor 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 have all benefited from Stew’s expertise.

Stew lives with his wife Lisa in Santa Clarita, California. In his spare time you can find Stew traveling, playing tennis, sketching, and spending quality time with his family.