Entries by Steve Constantino

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What CrossFit™ Teaches Me About Engagement

Those who know me understand that about two years ago, I discovered CrossFit. Until that point, I had spent a lifetime fighting a losing battle against weight, diet and exercise. For me, CrossFit was the answer. There is a lot written and discussed about CrossFit, both good and bad. I have many people ask me […]

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Agility in Design

On a recent trip to the west coast, I had a wonderful opportunity to sit down and talk with a start up CEO – someone who walked away from corporate America, leased office space (the company name was not on the building registry) and followed a passion to create a product. This company works in […]

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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 […]