Entries by Steve Constantino

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A Resolution Idea: Lead Yourself

I’m with Jimmy Buffett: my New Year’s resolution is to quit making resolutions. I am tired of this nonsense. Of the scores of resolutions I have made over the years, you can count on one hand (with fingers left over) the number that I accomplished. Usually, by February, I cannot even recall what I said […]

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Leveraging Engagement

Several years ago, I read a book entitled The Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz. The premise of the book and their resulting organization was to understand that ones engagement flowed from ones energy and therefore, personal energy management, not unlike professional athletes, was the key to engaging with anything. While […]

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Why Are You a Successful Leader?

  “Problems cannot be solved with the same mind set that created them.” -Albert Einstein Over the years, I have heard numerous qualifiers and descriptors to define the type of leadership organizations require to be successful. Having studied leadership and management theories, I have some recollection of the history of ideas associated with leadership theory. […]

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Closing an Important Gap

Some ideas are just worth repeating. Achievement gaps provide educators with a significant nemesis and have done so for about as long as any of us can remember. Akin to sales figures and profitability in the private sector, gaps in the achievement of various groups of students are a constant focus of leadership and the […]

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It’s Time for Something New

New Behavior, New Leadership I will admit up front that I am a big fan of the late business and management guru Peter Drucker. His ideas on decentralization of organizations and his concept of “knowledge workers” first touted in the 1950s and more relevant than ever today are just two among hundreds of ideas I […]

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The Book That Changed Everything For Me

Education has long courted the idea of leaders coming from the “outside” that being, organizations that are not educational in nature, bring to our business of education a perspective that cannot be gleaned from someone who is brought up through the ranks of teaching and educational leadership. I beg to differ. I seem to be […]

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A Lesson for Schools from @Delta Airlines

I fly Delta (@Delta) airlines pretty much exclusively and have done so for many years. I am loyal to them because I believe they value me as a customer and that is saying something in this day and age of dwindling customer service. Of the millions of people they move per year I am unknown to […]

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A New Twist on an Old Idea

Every family is not engaged. For the disengaged, there is an old adage that sums up how to reattach and reinvigorate relationships between families and schools: “Before they will come to you, you must go to them.” Outreach to families is an essential concept if a true desire exists to engage every family. Teacher outreach […]

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Flies are Better Than Bees

The way for any organization to stay adaptive is to manage its own evolution. Leadership theories abound. We have all learned about closed and open systems, Theory X, Theory Y, loosely and tightly coupled systems, etc. I once had a boss who asked me if I was familiar with the blind squirrel theory. “Even a […]

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The Inaugural Blog!

Welcome to the all-new drsteveconstantino.com! This first blog is dedicated to giving you an understanding of what you can expect from our new website. We hope that starting today, the site will become bigger, better, more robust, and more importantly, a site that will support you in your leadership and family engagement efforts. Our goal is […]