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MSU School of Social Work, Oct. 2012

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Steve Burghardt and Willie Tolliver have been invited by Michigan State University School of Social Work to present an all-day seminar based on their book “Stories of Transformative Leadership in the Human Services: Why the Glass Is Always Full.”

According to MSU Continuing education Director and Professor of Social Work Dr. Michele Brock, the LTG partner’ book “inspired students each term” in management and leadership courses offered at the School. Entitled “Transformative Leadership in Times of Crisis in Human Services,” the seminar is the centerpiece of the School’s continuing educational program for the Fall of 2012.

Burghardt will be travelling on October 19th to deliver the seminar, which will be followed by a reception honoring the two speakers.

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We in the human services field continually call upon ourselves to be there and do for others. In being with others who are experiencing struggles and hardships, we come in contact with situations that can affect us deeply.

In their book Stories of Transformative Leadership in the Human Services, LTG Partners Steve Burghardt and Willie Tolliver offer us guidance and tools for taking care of ourselves so that we can reconnect with our highest intentions. Actively committing ourselves to lifelong learning, the authors say, is a key to fostering a culture of inspiration, innovation and openness in our organizations.

Defining Leadership for Social Workers

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an article by Robert Schachter, DSW, LMSW, Executive Director, NASW-NYC

Our work is so important, we might call it "sacred"; the daily grind is so great, the meaning may be lost.

The value of recognizing emerging leaders at the Chapter's Third Annual Awards Dinner was underscored by Willie Tolliver, Associate Professor Social Work at the Hunter College School of Social Work. Dr. Tolliver was asked to relate the idea of emerging leadership to the publication of his new book, written with Hunter Professor Steve Burghardt. The book is titled Stories of Transformative Leadership in the Human Services.

No organization struggling to survive in today’s economic climate, whether supportive housing agency or housing development corporation, can do so without utilizing the talents of all its staff…and yet few do.

Using lessons from their recent book, LTG Partners Steve Burghardt and Willie Tolliver offered tools to do so at a workshop at the Annual Affordable Housing Conference of the Neighborhood Preservation Coalition of New York State in Albany. They explored how we all can undo racial tensions on the job, end daily crisis management, and move from competition among team members to genuine partnership.

Working in child welfare agencies, I have seen examples of genuine partnerships and teamwork between managers and front-line staff. I have also seen managers miss critical opportunities to nurture the talents of their front-line staff.

How have you and your colleagues tapped into the talents and leadership potential of all of your staff, especially your front-line workers and support staff?

First Stop: NYS Supportive Housing Conference

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LTG Partners Deliver Workshop to Standing-Room Only Crowd at 9th Annual Supportive Housing Network of New York (SHNNY) Conference at the New York Hilton: June 9th.

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At the start of the morning as the hustle and bustle of a large crowd of about 125 or so filed into the Renaissance Room of the Hilton Hotel for LTG partners Steve Burghardt and Willie Tolliver's workshop "Transforming Leaders in Times of Uncertainty" there seemed to be a mixed bag of energies. There was the enthusiastic ready-to-go energy of, "Oh my gosh, did it already start? Hope I didn't miss anything" to the indifferent "Yeah I'll take a flyer lady,' while thinking... "I can use it as proof of my attendance." And, of course, there was the ever-unenthusiastic "I hope this will not turn out to be a waste of 1 1/2hrs of my already stretched-thin-never seeming-to-be-my-own time."

As the work shop quickly began to unfold and the LTG partners took their turns speaking, bouncing off of each other, both charismatic and intellectual but totally different styles of speaking, the energies of the audience began to change. A change directly due to the way that the information was being delivered which was most impressive.

After our 200-person book launch at Hunter College School of Social Work, Willie Tolliver and I were lucky enough a week later to be invited to speak about our book Stories of Transformative Leadership in the Human Services: Why the Glass is Always Full by our good friend Emily Rubin at the Supportive Housing Network of New York’s (SHNNY) 9th annual conference at the New York Hilton.

It went well; hell, it went really well. We started with 100 people in the room and ended with 125 folks, some of them crammed against the exit door. Nobody left, we got thoughtful questions, lots of folks wanted to buy the book. All good. Emily had ensured a well-organized event, and she came through. We felt honored to have been there; happy to see some former students’ faces, equally pleased that most came for the topic and not because we were known to them at all.

The celebration for our book Stories of Transformative Leadership: Why the Glass Is Always Full was kinda' spectacular. It left all of us at LTG humbled at the outpouring from so many good people who have touched us over the years. Three weeks later, the magic from that night remains...

Maybe it was getting to re-connect with Gilbert Guzman's widow Donna Galeno and his beaming daughter. Their happiness showed that the quiet guy who gave us the title to our book indeed left a very full glass...

Maybe it was seeing two powerful people, Fire Commissioner Nick Scoppetta and Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs, show the quality of their character as they relaxed in quiet away from the spotlight...only to leave a stronger imprint on people that they stayed so long...

Maybe it was the three young men from the Fort Greene projects working as servers for the first time who kept going the extra mile as the evening wore on, stepping up to the challenge Kami and Wanda gave them to serve the room with a touch of class...

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