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Joe Contrera is the president and founder of ALIVE @ WORK ®. He helps Extraordinary Leaders Achieve Extraordinary Results. Joe is the author of three books, his latest book, Extraordinary Results: Mastering the Art of Leading, Coaching, & Influencing Others is changing the way leaders leverage influence to achieve higher levels of productivity and employee engagement. We hope you enjoy the blog, and please be sure to share these blogs with your friends and colleagues who want to have a more ALIVE @ WORK ® Mindset in the workplace!

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Freedom & Social Media – an Oxymoron?

So-cial – late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin socialis ‘allied,’ from socius ‘friend.’ Me-di-a – the means of communication that reaches large numbers of people. Facebook used to be a way to connect with your friends, a medium to find out what was going on in their lives and informing others of what was happening in yours.

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Ideas + Actions = Success

This week we’re talking about success … After pondering the topic I had this realization, ideas are simply thoughts that when acted upon, materialize in the physical world and push us closer to success. The Empire State Building was just an idea that formed in someone’s mind. It took action and a whole lot of collaboration to bring it into existence and become the historical icon that it is today.

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A Top-Secret, Exclusive, Special Offer?

Have you ever received top-secret, exclusive, special offer because you are a very special person? No? That’s funny, I get them all the time, I must be more special than you! I received another offer from a publication because I am a “Professional” and that entitles me to the “Professional Rate!”

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Jumping Into The Deep End …

A while back, a friend of mind and I were discussing the topic of commitment. I was sharing a situation where I felt that I needed to be ‘all in’ or not. Sitting on a fence for too long can become uncomfortable. My friend was telling me about a television show he watched where they asked a guy if he knew how to swim. The guy replied, “Sure, I watched videos on the internet and practiced on the kitchen floor!”

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Are You Achieving Excellence?

At different times when I ask my clients if they believe they are achieving excellence, I often hear “No, I wouldn’t say excellence, but we’re better than we were X years ago!” My first response when I hear that is always, “Well what if you were mediocre 2 years ago? Congratulations, you’re now better than mediocre! Are you really okay with that?”

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