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Fellow Stew Liff

Stewart Liff | PI Fellow, Human Resources

stewart.liff@performanceinstitute.org | linkedin

Stewart Liff is a fellow with The Performance Institute (PI), supporting nonpartisan, think tank efforts to improve government performance through the principles of transparency, accountability, performance, and engagement. Steward joined the PI team in 2015, working on government human resources issues, research, and training and performance consulting.

Read Stew’s blog

View Stew’s presentation on How to Manage Difficult Government 

Register for Stewart Liff’s upcoming April 20-21, 2015 training course “Managing Individual and Organizational Performance” here.

About Stewart

Stewart Liff is an award-winning human resource executive, author, advisor, teacher, and artist. He is also one of the world’s foremost proponents of using visual displays to connect employees to the mission, share information, improve employee engagement, and drive performance. 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.

A recognized expert in the field of Human Resource Management (HRM), Stew 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 team development. He has written several books on HRM including:

  • Managing Government Employees: How to Motivate Them, Deal with Difficult Issue, and Achieve Tangible Results
  • Managing Your Government Career: How to Arrive, Survive, and Thrive
  • The Complete Guide to Hiring and Firing a Government Employee
  • Improving the Performance of Government Employees and 98 Opportunities to Improve Management in Government.

 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, ATD’s the Public Manager, Government Executive Magazine and VA’s Vanguard Magazine.

Stew’s 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. It was named one of the 30 best business books of 2014 by Soundview Executive Book Summaries and was named the Leadership Book of the Week by the The Washington Post.


President-CEO, Stewart Liff & Associates, Inc.

Director, Department of Veterans Affairs


City University of New York-Hunter College, Master’s Degree, Fine Arts
Queens College, Bachelor’s Degree, Fine Arts