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Joe Contrera is the president and founder of ALIVE @ WORK ® LLC. 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!


Praise & Manipulation

Is It Manipulation or Praise?

Is It Manipulation or Praise? There is a tremendous amount of articles written on the importance of praise and its positive effect on a person. Whether it’s an employee, coworker, or your children, healthy praise can both motivate and inspire. It can also cause others to feel good about themselves and their work. That said,…

Judging Others

Judging Others & Projection: Be Like Me

Judging Others & Projection Have you ever been in a situation involving another person where you thought to yourself… “You know if they would only: apply themselves, work harder, smarter, do what I do, take my advice, be more like me, etc. they would be so much better off?” Maybe you exited the highway, and…


Finding Balance: The Pendulum Effect

Finding Balance: The Pendulum Effect When we speak of balance, many times it is in the context of work-life balance. Trying to find balance in any area of our lives can be difficult. As with all things, there is always two sides of the coin. Pushing too far towards either end of the spectrums can…


Are You Chasing Perfection?

Perfection, Projection, & Integrity Many of us we’re taught to pursue perfection. We were imprinted with the belief that perfection was achievable. We just had to try hard enough, work long enough, or be good enough. Please don’t get me wrong here, I am not saying we should not always strive to do or to…


Time: Past, Present, or Future?

Time: Past, Present, or Future? Our ability to leverage time is one of the most powerful tools we have if we want to accomplish anything in life. One of the biggest factors impacting our ability to leverage time, depends on which dimension of time we choose to spend the majority of our time in. Here’s…


Gratitude…Relatively Speaking!

Gratitude…Relatively Speaking! One of the things I love most about Albert Einstein is that, at times, he was able to to simplify some of the most complex questions or dilemmas we face in our lives. He said this about how our worldview, “One of the most important decisions we make is whether we believe we…


Clarity: You Headed in the Right Direction?

Clarity: You Headed in the Right Direction? With all the craziness happening in the airline business right now, it reminded me of an incident from a few years ago. I was in Cleveland tending to some family business over the Thanksgiving Holiday. While there, I decided to make a reservation to return to Cleveland for…


Social Media: Breaking Up is Hard to Do

Social Media: Breaking Up is Hard To Do Like many people, I have a love-hate relationship with social media. Recently, I have been contemplating whether or not to remove myself from Facebook. In fact, I’ve even attempted to break up with them a few times. After a few unsuccessful attempts to disengage, I had an…


Achieving Greatness…Need a Nudge?

Achieving Greatness…Need a Nudge? Years ago, I attended the National Speakers Association (NSA) Annual Conference in California. For those of you who don’t know NSA is an organization made up of some of the world’s best professional speakers. Zig Ziglar, Brian Tracy, Les Brown, Dr. Norman Vincent Peal, and Og Mandino are just a few…