Q&A with Tony Goodman

Title: Director of Outpatient Services

Facility: Foundations Chicago

Education: Juris Doctor

Hometown: Chicago

What’s your favorite thing about your job?
I enjoy working for an extraordinary team. My job is to set the stage for high quality therapists and administrative staff to perform to the best of their abilities while being their authentic selves.

What would you say to families going through the process of treatment with a loved one?
Whether a family is going through the process of treatment for the first time or have been through the process several times, the battle with addiction is best fought with a great partner. Foundations Chicago is an exceptional partner for families. Our team is well equipped with years of experience in helping families to fight this battle.

What’s your daily routine?
I do not have a daily routine, but my days generally go like this:

  • I arrive around 7:30 am. This gives me time to settle in, plan tasks or finish up tasks from the previous day before the rest of our team arrives at the facility.
  • 8 am: I meet with our clinical program manager to discuss how we and other members of our staff are operating as a team.
  • 8:30 am: We open the doors for business. Our patients enjoy getting settled in, having coffee and connecting with staff and each other before they begin their first therapy session at 9 am.
  • 9 to 11:30 am: This is my get-people-what-they-need-now period of the day. I am responding to emails, answering questions from other members of our team or addressing matters concerning current or former patients.
  • 11:45 am to 1 pm: I have lunch, participate in national conference calls or meet with other professionals in the industry. I try not to be glued to my computer screen all day. I enjoy getting out of the office to connect with people face-to-face.
  • 1 to 6 pm: This is my home stretch. I use this time of the day very intentionally to meet with other team members one-on-one, complete tasks regarding our evening patients or to address and resolve any issues at hand.
  • 6:30 pm: Earbuds in? Check. Spotify cued up? Check. I wish our evening team a good night and head home.

What do you do to stay energized during the day? 
Honestly, I don’t have to do anything to stay energized. Our work environment is vibrant and fast-paced. We have an engaged team with a work culture that can simply be described as fun.

“Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand.” Mark Twain

What are your hobbies outside of work?
I do not have hobbies (I don’t think). I am a sports enthusiast, and I enjoy football the most. Week one is a holiday for me! Also, about 15 years ago, I developed an affinity for traveling and have been to some interesting places since then.

I have had the same two best friends since high school, a small circle of close friends and a big family. Playing basketball with my brother, nephews and cousins is one of my great joys in life. Therefore, I do not spend most of my time away from work with hobbies. I spend it with family and close friends, who are the family I get to choose.

If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?

I have been to many parts of the world, but I have yet to see Africa. I am trying to decide which countries I want to visit and what time of the year I will go. I am thinking about Tanzania and Kenya in January 2020!

What’s your favorite thing about the city you live in?
Chicago is the best city in the country. I walk to work every day 13 minutes door to door. Native Chicagoans are friendly, and we have many transplants from across the country who now call Chicago home. There are plenty of job opportunities. We also have a growing tech community that will soon make our city a force in that sector. As a closet foodie, I have eaten at many restaurants in different cities, and Chicago has the best restaurants by far.

What life accomplishment are you most proud of?
Although I come from a large family, I am the first person in my family to graduate from college. I am most proud of that legacy, because it has set a standard for future generations.

If you were stranded on a desert island and you could only take three books, what would you choose?

  • The Norton Anthology of World Literature, 3rd Edition
  • Why Should White Guys Have All the Fun: How Reginald Lewis Created a Billion Dollar Business Empire
  • The Snowball: Warren Buffet and the Business of Life

How do you know when someone is “getting it” in the treatment process?
“Getting it” is typically evident by a person’s consistency in words and action, the willingness to help others and genuine self-awareness.

How have you been inspired by people in recovery?
Witnessing patients discover their inner strength and use it to lift themselves out of a dark place in life is one of the most inspiring feats I have experienced. This compels me to work hard for those who are working hard to better themselves.

Favorite quote or best advice you’ve ever received?
“If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same….”
“If” by Rudyard Kipling