A Discussion with Caston Binger About Leadership, Collaboration, and Having a Positive Effect on Young Minds

Caston Binger has been in education for more than 15 years. As a  native of Niagara Falls, New York, Caston attended LaSalle Senior High School where he represented his school playing basketball, helping his team to win the New York State Class A Championship in both 1995 and 1996. After high school, he enrolled in SUNY Cortland, the State University of New York, also playing for that institution’s varsity basketball team. They won the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) championship in 2000, as well as making a ‘Sweet 16’ Division lll appearance. Caston Binger graduated with a BA in Elementary Education, and then proceeded to earn an MA in Educational Supervision and Administration.

Upon entering the field of education, Caston worked in the city of Rochester, where he spent 15 years as a classroom teacher. Recently, however, he made the transition into a leadership position as an assistant principal. While he is no longer directly teaching children in the classroom, his new role enables him to support all students in the school. In May 2021, Caston Binger made the decision to further his education even more, earning a second master’s degree, this time with a special focus on School Leadership, from Niagara University. Caston takes great pride in his work, and especially enjoys networking with community leaders, local businesses, and other school administrators.

What do you love most about the industry you are in?

The thing I love most about being an educator is having a positive effect on young minds on a daily basis. Though saying so may be a bit of a cliché inherent to the teaching profession, the children are the future and ensuring that they’re not only educated adequately, but educated exceptionally well is an enterprise that will ultimately benefit everyone. On another more visceral level, I also just love interacting with the kids as they learn and discover new things.

What would you tell others looking to get into your industry?

An issue with teaching that isn’t often spoken about is teacher burnout. It’s a real thing, and affects more in the profession than people might imagine. In fact, I’m hard pressed to think of more than a handful of people that haven’t told me about a period of time where they’ve felt overwhelmed with their teaching duties. So, I would counsel anyone who’s thinking about pursuing a career as an educator to take steps to guard against burnout. Make sure you take time for self care, find yourself a solid mentor, and above all else, don’t take on more responsibilities than you can handle. It’s just not worth it.

Who has been a role model to you and why?

I learn, grow and get inspiration from so many individuals that my role model(s) come from all aspects of life. I have a mentor in the field who serves as a role model, but I also have colleagues, friends, and family members who I truly admire and look to for guidance and support.

How do you maintain a work life balance?

During my downtime, I enjoy renovating homes and flipping investment properties with my twin brother. I know that to others it may sound like a bit of a stressful way to spend my off days, but oddly enough, I find it to be quite satisfying. Something about fixing up an old house just makes me feel fulfilled.

What traits do you possess that make you a successful leader?

I’ve worked very hard to cultivate my skills as a collaborator, both creatively and administratively. I think maintaining a collaborative spirit is an important and highly desirable quality in a leader. I also possess strong communicative and organizational skills, which are crucial in this line of work.

What trends in your industry excite you?

I find it very exciting that so many schools right now are putting a major focus on cultural responsiveness in the classroom. I love that discussions revolving around inclusivity, social justice, and economic equality are working their way into the classroom. It’s not exactly a trend, though. I would describe it more as a long due overall course correction.

What is one piece of advice that you have never forgotten?

From an early age, I was always told “never give up on anyone.” I have never forgotten that, and I do my best to observe and apply that advice with everyone, but especially with students.

What’s one piece of advice you would give to others?

I would repeat and emphasize “never give up on anyone.” It’s that important.

What is the biggest life lesson you have learned?

That a single, individual human being can indeed make a difference in shaping a brighter future. This often takes the form of a student or a group of students experiencing a ‘eureka!’ moment due to the thoughtful and patient instruction of a teacher. I have watched it happen with my own eyes many, many times across many subjects; arithmetic, history, art, and everything in between.

Where do you see yourself and your career in five years?

My short-term goal is to achieve a higher leadership role at my school, perhaps vice-principal or principal. My long-term goal is to assume a leadership role at the district level. I believe these goals are eminently achievable, and I’ve just recently upgraded my credentials in order to better help me attain them. I believe that by the time five years have elapsed, I’ll be working out of the district office.

Abdallah Hawshar and Crown Digital Agency Making the Digital Marketing Industry a Goldmine Where Budding Players Can Thrive

A digital footprint is a staple for everyone in today’s world. Whether as an individual looking to make valuable connections or a business/brand looking for customers and assets, a digital presence is non-negotiable. This digital presence is achievable through a series of digital marketing strategies. On that front, one entrepreneur making a difference is Abdallah Hawshar, the founder and owner of Crown Digital Agency, a leading SEO and digital marketing agency.

Abdallah Hawshar’s journey into the digital space was primarily influenced by his love for business, meeting new people, interacting with them and finding ways to improve their lives. Despite a career as an aviation mechanic, Abdallah pursued what he had a genuine passion for. Crown Digital Agency was a side project for him to explore his love and passion for marketing. Upon seeing how much difference he could make by developing marketing strategies that work for businesses, he decided to take it up full time, which has now transcended into a thriving, profitable company.

Over the years, Abdallah Hawshar has developed an unmatched work ethic and drive, which have helped him climb to the top of the ladder in his industry. To also cement his place as an expert and professional in his chosen field, Abdallah proceeded to study Media and Communication at the University of Balamand and then obtained a Master’s degree in Digital Marketing. Over the years, he has honed his skills by developing effective digital marketing strategies and putting them into practice by helping many businesses manage their digital presence.

Abdallah has committed a great deal of dedication to his work and scaled Crowned Digital Agency into a successful company. Many businesses and ventures, especially startups, have benefitted from the company’s professionalism and expertise. Crown Digital Agency also offers consulting services to help businesses figure out the best strategy that suits their operations.

Crown Agency’s success over the years is a result of deliberate efforts to stand out as a company. The combination of a relentless work ethic from the founder and a professional expert team doing all the work has helped the company scale within a short time. This meteoric rise has fueled the company’s drive, and now Abdallah Hawshar is continually looking for new ways to take digital marketing services to greater heights.

The COVID-19 pandemic further gave Abdallah the opportunity to improve his skills. In the slowed-down world of the last couple of years, he obtained certificates from Google, Boston University through edX, and the Open Media Institute (OMI), among others, to skill up and help businesses recover from the effects of the pandemic. “Many people failed to see the positives during the pandemic. However, I saw it as an opportunity to reinvent myself and position myself for the changes the business world would experience after the pandemic. This move has helped Crown Digital Agency achieve more and become an authority in the digital marketing niche,” he revealed.

Over the next few years, he hoped to redefine the digital marketing space with novel ideas while inspiring digital entrepreneurs to learn about social media marketing and build businesses using their knowledge and expertise.

Yxngj.o Is the Next Big Artist Out of London

Yxngj.o is a London born rapper who’s beats and new melodic sound are generating headlines throughout the London area. Since coming into the industry in late 2020, yxngj.o patiently watched and waited as his peers around him flourished into stardom. (jebjosh), the producer behind the groundbreaking hit “will be baking” with Drake, spoke on the young artists behalf referring to yxngj.o as “a generational talent that simply can’t be overlooked.” Another one of his fellow musical peers growing up was Lil Tecca. They both would work together endlessly in the studio day and night to achieve their goals. After watching people like Jahmar Carter and Lil Tecca shine, he continued to support his friends and their aspirations.

Yxngj.o always knew his time would come and kept working hard at his craft. After dropping his breakthrough hit record “Fast Life” he caught the attention of not just his hometown but fans in the uk as well. Following it up with yet another hit “Relocate” there has since been no debate that yxngj.o is a born star and potentially the next big up and coming hip hop talent in the industry. After speaking with the rapper himself he disclosed to us his plans for his upcoming debut album and how it will consist of 10 beats . Regardless of what songs he puts on the album, I can tell you this, if it is anything like his past hits he’s released there is no doubt yxngj.o is bound for success! Keep an eye on this upcoming talent as he shoots for the stars.

3 Beliefs That Helped Tiffany Julie Become A 7+ Figure Entrepreneur

What I have noticed from working with hundreds of Entrepreneurs is the beliefs they hold are what shape their outcomes. The level of potential a business owner steps into depends on whether they have automatic thoughts and beliefs that support them or hold them back.

I have adopted three specific beliefs that I believe relate to why I am successful. Non-supportive beliefs can create self-sabotage and keep you from living to your highest potential. Why? Because the thoughts you think are directly related to the actions, you will take.

When you think a thought like you are not good enough you will most likely procrastinate on the things you know you need to do. On the contrary, if you think a thought such as I am powerful, it is more likely you will align the following action with what will move you towards your goals. From seeing the shifts, I’ve been able to create and what my clients create every day by changing our thoughts, I firmly believe when you change your thoughts, you change your results. Here are the three beliefs I think are the most powerful for you to try on so you can create your next level of success.

  1. I can figure anything out!

I adopted the belief long ago that I could figure out anything! I have integrated this belief at an identity level, so my first response is that I can figure this out when met with a challenge.

Every successful person will tell you they believe in themselves and that they will figure it out. Over the last decade, being a high-performance success coach, I have noticed that people play below their potential because when met with a tough situation, they think they can not handle it or try to find the answer outside of themselves. Both are not ideal thought patterns that create success. The thought pattern you can figure anything out will help you find solutions fast.

When this becomes your automatic response to hard things business throws your way, you will find increased confidence over time by implementing the solutions you came up with and seeing success from them.

So next time you run up against a challenge and do not know the way out, try on the belief “I can figure out anything”! This belief counteracts any roadblock life, or business will throw your way. It will give you wings to fly right over it or provide you with the strength to plow through it. The exponential results you will be able to create using this one belief will blow your mind.

  1. Life and business are learning labs.

I have adopted the mindset that life and business are learning labs and the information received from the external environment is simply a feedback loop showing me what works and what does not.

This mindset empowers you to stop doing what does not work and start doing more of what does. It gives you the clarity of your strengths and points of weaknesses, so you can continually optimize. But unless we look at the data in this way, it is impossible to extract this type of clarity.

When you can view life and business through this lens, you become detached from outcomes, you will not make the results mean anything about you personally, and you will not be afraid of something not working because it is just information. This thought pattern helps you play a bigger game because fear is not an issue anymore, and you learn how to pivot as necessary.

Often we play small in business because we fear failure. But when you have this belief, failure is removed from your vocabulary altogether. What do you think you would go for if you were not afraid of the outcomes in your business? What kind of increased joy could you experience if you were not taking everything so seriously?

  1. The better it gets, the better it gets.

I have found after coaching countless entrepreneurs that a common belief shared was that business had to be a roller coaster ride. I saw this belief playing out in their companies by having high-income months followed by low-income months and high productive months followed by low productive months. This belief crushes more business owners than you may think, and the truth is it does not have to be that way, so if you have been on a roller coaster ride to success, then you must look at what you believe about business and success.

I used to be on this roller coaster ride myself until I got frank about what was creating that. I can say that the belief “business has to be challenging” was the belief that self-sabotaged me into this non-supportive cycle of highs and lows. We are taught from a young age that being an entrepreneur or a business owner is not safe, and it is hard. The numbers will shock you if you look at the statistics of businesses that fail within the first five years. That is no accident.

I decided that the belief “the better it gets, the better it gets” is way more supportive and conducive to the results I wanted to create. After integrating this belief into my identity, the external results followed. I do not have the ups and downs anymore, and my income only goes higher and higher each month. My net worth only increases with each passing day. My joy and fulfillment also follow a similar up-and-up pattern.

Think about how this could serve your life and business results if you genuinely believe it only gets better from here. Often we get what we expect in life. This belief helps install the optimistic expectation that tomorrow will be better than today. And so it is.

That wraps up the beliefs I feel will directly relate to your success level as a business owner; for additional ways to increase your performance results, head to my website and grab my 8-day video course called High-Performance Accelerator. It will teach you eight ways to be 30% more effective this week, and remember, you got this.

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The Analyst Agency and Power Poll Join Forces to Grow Panel of National Leaders

The Analyst Agency and Power Poll announce a partnership that will expand Power Poll’s national panel of community influencers and leaders that participate in critical studies.

The Analyst Agency, an award winning market research and business consultancy, announces a partnership with Power Poll, a leading civic engagement solutions provider. The partners will work together to expand Power Poll’s platform of more than 30,000 members in select markets across the United States.

Founded in 2019, Power Poll brings together the most influential and powerful leaders across business, civic, media and political industries. They survey, hold conversations with, and engage the members to understand their collective positions, opinions, and thought leadership on critical issues.

They have engaged The Analyst Agency to help support research efforts to identify key new markets and leaders in target cities across the country.

“We are thrilled to work with Power Poll to help them grow their panel of business and thought leaders across the country,” said Steven Czyrny, President of The Analyst Agency. “Their unique platform acts as a jumping off point to discuss critical problems and find solutions that impact important cities throughout the US.”

Today, Power Poll operates in 35 markets including Nashville, Chicago, Austin, Charlotte, and Oakland. Some topics the members discuss is homelessness, infrastructure, foreign relations, and more. 

“We bring together the country’s most influential leaders with community impact who drive change,” said Thomas Upchurch, Director of Market Operations at Power Poll.

Government officials, business executives, and community leaders are often asked to join as being selective with who they survey is important to their mission because they look to make sure the opinions sourced are those who are in a position to influence change in the community. 


About Power Poll: 

Power Poll was founded in 2019, as a civic engagement platform that brings together the most influential and powerful leaders across business, civic, media and political industries. We survey, hold conversations with, and engage our members to understand their collective positions, opinions, and thought leadership on critical issues. Power Poll publishes what America’s leadership is thinking to create solutions and bring action to these problems, challenges and opportunities.

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About The Analyst Agency: 

The Analyst Agency was founded in 2011 by Steven Czyrny, a research and business development professional who has direct experience managing projects for both startups and large corporations. Starting as a boutique digital marketing agency, The Analyst Agency has grown to become an award winning, global research, marketing, and technology advisory services firm with locations in the United States, Canada, and India. In 2017, they appropriately rebranded as The Analyst Agency to reflect their full service business analysis, qualitative and quantitative research, and unique problem solving services. Companies contact them when they need actionable insights, business process improvements, and digital transformation. In 2020, they were named a Top Consumer Research Company in Quirk’s Magazine and featured by Clutch.co and GoodFirms. Whether you want to start a business, acquire new customers, or transform your operations, they can help.

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