Reviews of Books by Author Stewart Liff
The Complete Guide to Hiring and Firing Government Employees by Stewart Liff
Oh My Gov!
“Unlike other government reference books, the author shares his government experience and expertise with human resources and management and sheds light on its many nuances. He also provides a roadmap and reference tool to the potential pitfalls that experienced and inexperienced federal managers face daily....Not another door stop or dust gatherer. 4 out 4 of stars if used earnestly by federal managers and supervisors.”
"Liff's new book tosses aside the typical esoteric discourse on civil service reform and hunkers down into the weeds of current law to help managers figure out how to hire the best workers and get rid of the worst now -- not in some utopian, imaginary world of the future.”
Managing Your Government Career: Success Strategies That Work by Stewart Liff
Oh My Gov!
“For those within government, the book provides an good resource into the inner workings, looking for that next job when you get tired or bored of your current position, seek advancement, or prepare for retirement... If you are fed up with your current job, or worse yet, facing a pink slip, then this book is just what you need.”
"Recommended for anyone interested in government and/or employment in federal government.”
Managing Government Employees: How to Motivate Your People, Deal with Difficult Issues, and Achieve Tangible Results by Stewart Liff
“Liff’s book shatters some of the myths about government employees. Competent managers in government agencies can face serious obstacles, often leaving them feeling helpless, but Liff brings thirty years of experience developing effective human resources and management strategies to bear in places that include the Department of Defense, the General Services Administration, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. His book is filled with excellent advice.”
“Stewart Liff offers some useful "nuts and bolts" guidance to anyone supervising employees in the private or public sector. His 32-year career, which includes service at both the management and executive levels in the Department of Defense, General Service Administration, Federal Energy Administration, and Veterans Health Administration, make Managing Government Employees an extraordinarily credible endeavor.” While Managing Government Employees is written for government managers, author Stewart Liff's comments and insights are useful to all managers, particularly first line managers, everywhere.
“Stewart Liff provides many great tactics, case studies and stories that debunk common perceptions that government managers have of the government's personnel system…. This book should be required reading for all supervisors in government.”
Also listed as a top book on the Recommended Books for Government Leaders.
“Not another door stop or dust gatherer. 4 out 4 of stars if used earnestly by federal managers.”
“Federal managers will find this an easy read, having many sound recommendations. State and local managers should find that Stewart Liff 's federal experience and examples largely apply to their own reality.”
"Liff brings tons of experience to the table. I mostly enjoyed his discussions on EEO issues and working intelligently with Federal unions. I was suprised how much I learned from the Reward and Recognition Overview and the Attendance Managment sections, a resource that I'll keep near my desk."
Seeing is Believing: How the New Art of Visual Management Can Boost Performance Throughout Your Organization by Stewart Liff and Pamela A. Posey
“EVERY ENTREPRENEUR knows a picture is worth a thousand words. But how many apply that knowledge by deliberately managing what their employees see? Not many. That may change, thanks to the powerful and intriguing promise held out by Stewart Liff and Pamela A. Posey in Seeing Is Believing: How the New Art of Visual Management Can Boost Performance Throughout Your Organization (Amacom, $29.95). Lift, a government official, and Posey, a leadership consultant, explain why using words to tell people what to do isn't nearly as effective as showing them with pictures, photographs, charts--even flags, dress codes and paint schemes.”
William M. Snyder, Principal, Social Capital Group, co-author of Cultivating Communities of Practice
"Liff and Posey reveal a dimension of organizational life in the Knowledge Era that we can no longer take for granted -- the sea of visual cues that pervades the workplace. Seeing Is Believing provides rigorous arguments and compelling cases to show how vision maps, customer photographs, performance charts, instructional posters, ‘walls of fame,’ and historical artifacts can engage employees, reinforce a performance ethic, and bring an organization’s mission to life."
Kimball Fisher, author of Leading Self-Directed Work Teams and co-author of The Distance Manager and The Distributed Mind
"Liff and Posey have created a masterful work on visual management. Any manager who is unaware of how this new paradigm can improve communication, focus, and productivity will be seriously disadvantaged. Read this book!"
Marty Cohen, Director, Associate Services, The Conference Board; former Senior Vice President, Client Services & Programs, Work in America Institute
"You may recognize a productive workplace when you see it, but if you have ever wondered about the principles behind creating such a workplace, this is the place to start. Both practical and visionary, Seeing Is Believing has ideas and tools for senior managers and change agents at all levels of the organization."
Bob Stone, author of Confessions of a Civil Servant, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense
"A compelling easy-to-read handbook on improving organizational performance by rallying employees around the mission and the metrics. Liff and Posey richly illustrate the method with vivid examples from successful practitioners in manufacturing, government, health care, and education. An original and totally replicable approach!"
Bob Wroblewski, Director, HR Planning & Administration, Weyerhaeuser
"This book offers a well grounded approach to changing an organization to improve performance and employee contribution. But what is fascinating is the creative addition of visual conditions and the application of fine arts concepts to even further enhance results."
Patricia McLagan, Chairman, McLagan International, Inc.
"If a picture is worth a thousand words, why are so many organizations devoid of visual excitement and coherent visual information? And, what difference would it make if, from the moment you walked into an organization, you saw and felt its purpose, its customers, its accomplishments? Seeing Is Believing expands the meaning of ‘communication’ to include the visual, and tells readers how to use visual information to help people stay energized and focused in their information-overloaded world."
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