A Bay Area firm with a Bay Area point of view.

Efficiency, effectiveness and driving forward momentum have characterized Cliff Consulting since our founding by Bob Cliff in 1972. A UC Berkeley professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, Bob began his firm by advising clients on operations improvement and, later, project management.

Over the decades, Cliff has grown and evolved along with the Bay Area’s business community. Our current client roster reflects a vibrant mix of local industries – tech, biotech, financial services, healthcare, consumer products, philanthropy and more. Organizations hire us to:

  • tackle their toughest challenges
  • architect plans to achieve their visions and strategies
  • collaborate on their most critical projects, programs and operations to drive improvement and facilitate change

Our Seven Principles of Good Consulting

1

Listen first.

2

Collaborate and partner.

We work side by side with our clients instead of advising from across the table. We never feel obliged to come up with the first answer.
3

Be professional, do excellent work and deliver results.

We demonstrate a high level of integrity and focus on the work. We know our job is to ensure results and move the needle.
4

Stay objective and work for the whole organization.

We keep the right perspective. We understand that the best results are those that help the organization move forward to reach its visions and goals.
5

Leave the organization in a better place than we found it.

We focus on transferring knowledge, ensuring that the people around us are learning as they go.
6

Foster open, honest, direct communications and avoid surprises.

We strive to be transparent, tell it like it is, take the time to pick up the phone and have a conversation.
7

Be a good role model & show respect for all.

We understand that knowledge resides at all levels of the organization and believe that everyone is trying to do their best.
  1. Listen first.
  2. Collaborate and partner.
    We work side by side with our clients instead of advising from across the table. We never feel obliged to come up with the first answer.
  3. Be professional, do excellent work and deliver results.
    We demonstrate a high level of integrity and focus on the work. We know our job is to ensure results and move the needle.
  4. Stay objective and work for the whole organization.
    We keep the right perspective. We understand that the best results are those that help the organization move forward to reach its visions and goals.
  5. Leave the organization in a better place than we found it.
    We focus on transferring knowledge, ensuring that the people around us are learning as they go.
  6. Foster open, honest, direct communications and avoid surprises.
    We strive to be transparent, tell it like it is, take the time to pick up the phone and have a conversation.
  7. Be a good role model & show respect for all.
    We understand that knowledge resides at all levels of the organization and believe that everyone is trying to do their best.

Cliff Consulting is proud to be recognized as:

  • one of the Top 25 Management Consulting Firms in the Bay Area by The San Francisco Business Times
  • a Certified Women Owned Business by WBENC, the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce, The State of California, and The Supplier Clearinghouse
  • a Registered Program Management Consultant by The Project Management Institute (PMI)