Stew Liff Books

Managing Government Employees offers dozens of techniques for meeting the challenges and stressful situations supervisors face on a daily basis. Major topics include how to get maximum dedication and productivity from employees, improve results of poor performers and discipline or fire them when necessary, deal with union and EEO issues, and cut through the red tape of government employment systems.  For managers frustrated by government bureaucracy, this book lets them know they have more power than they may think.

Outlines how to create an effective team structure, design integrated processes that support leadership growth, and capture the key knowledge that teams need to become self-managing units

Take a look around your workplace and try to find the following items: A statement of business objectives. I think it’s in that pile by the copy machine. A schedule of divisional goals. Everyone got that e-mail last year. Clear performance standards. They’re in the employee handbook. Team workflow documents. On the bulletin board, sticking out from under the first aid sign. Regular communication and motivation from management to employees. We have the quarterly meeting, and we send out memos. Stop. Is the information your employees need every day truly accessible? Just because it’s there doesn’t mean it’s present. When information is hard to find, outdated, nebulous, or incomplete, the effect is profound. If they can’t see it, it’s as good as nonexistent. The fact is, the visual elements in a workplace have a tremendous impact on execution, morale, and productivity. And it’s not just about information access. A visually dynamic workplace energizes employees, builds pride and ownership, and conveys the strength and currency of the organization. Design and graphics, art and color, sculpture and dimension — all have profound effects. Far from simply prettying up the office, your organization needs to create an environment of visual stimuli that convey goals and expectations, that engender a collaborative attitude, and most important, that cannot be ignored. This book represents a milestone in the science of workplace design

Managing Your Government Career helps readers: decide whether working for the government is right for them; understand the differences between federal, state, and local levels; apply, interview for, and get the job they want; take advantage of the training offered; understand the government workplace culture; become familiar with local politics; make themselves valuable; develop the right mentors; and fluidly transition up the ladder. Packed with indispensable guidance, this unique and highly strategic resource is the go-to for anyone striving to work or grow in a government job.

Bringing the best new people on board and weeding out the worst are both the most important and the most difficult tasks faced by any employer. For federal managers, the challenge is even greater. Not only does government bureaucracy often make hiring a cumbersome, slow-moving process, but poor performers enjoy more protection from losing their jobs than their counterparts outside of government. “The Complete Guide to Hiring and Firing Government Employees” is filled with tried-and-true strategies that will enable government managers to cut through the red tape and take advantage of the best talent available, as well as efficiently document and deal with those who don’t make the cut.

Improving the Performance of Government Employees helps readers do this by examining the roles and challenges of structural and technical systems, information and decision-making processes, rewards systems, and human capital management to provide managers the necessary blueprint for substantial improvement within every facet of government work. You’ll learn how to deliver consistent messages to all employees, hold others accountable through clear expectations and measurable goals, and how to work with a strong leadership team.

98 Opportunities to Be a 100 Percent Better Government Manager Government managers face myriad challenges every day. Whether dealing with an ever-shrinking pool of resources or the threat of sequestration and shutdowns, the government manager must work to maximize staff performance to meet mission objectives. Now, supervisors, managers, and leaders have some help. In this new book, veteran government leader, trainer, and author Stewart Liff offers practical and proven guidance aimed at helping people at every level of the organization.