Joe Contrera is the Founder and President of ALIVE @ WORK LLC, a leadership development company dedicated to helping Extraordinary Leaders Achieve Extraordinary Results. He is the author of three books. His latest, Extraordinary Results: Mastering the Art of Leading, Coaching, & Influencing Others, is quickly becoming a must-have resource for leaders in organizations across the country. It will not only change what you believe about leading, it will help you build your leadership skills so that you can successfully influence others.

How Do You Solve A Problem Like …

At any given time in life we are all faced with problems and challenges. It’s a fact … you can’t navigate through life and avoid having problems. Problems will come no matter how hard you wish them away. What you believe about problems and the actions you take as a result of your beliefs will determine your level of happiness as well as your ability to work through them towards a solution.

Faux Praise … Faux Pas

Much has been written on the positive effect that praise can have on a person. Whether it’s an employee, coworker, or your children, healthy praise can help a person to feel good. Yet there doesn’t seem to be as much written about the negative impact that false praise can have on an individual. This typically happens when the intent is to manipulate or to selfishly serve the needs of the person who is giving praise.

It’s not my Fault … it was the At – titude ….

You’ve heard them … On television, in the news, at your office, your church, even your kid’s volleyball game! People complaining and blaming others for their short falls and failures. It surprises me that they actually believe their failures have nothing to do with themselves. They believe the fault lies with some – thing or some – one else. I believe the reason many people do not succeed at the level they desire is because they have blocked their path to success with self-imposed obstacles.

The Problem With Loyalty …

Some leaders believe that because they hold a position or title, they deserve the undying loyalty of their people even when they treat others poorly. That isn’t loyalty, that’s positional leadership and it is the lowest form of leader ship. Some folks believe that because someone is “family,” they are entitled to the loyalty of…

What’s Really on Your Mind?

What’s Really on Your Mind? Every couple of months I have the privilege of working work with a group of folks from Best Buddies of Arizona. Best Buddies is an international organization who’s mission is to create opportunities for one-to-one friendships, employment opportunities and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Each and every…