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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!



That’s What Friends Are For…

That’s What Friends Are For… “For good times, for bad times, I’ll be by your side forever more, that’s what friends are for!” – Burt Bacharach & Carole Bayer Sager   The year was 1982, Dionne Warwick and Friends (Elton John, Stevie Wonder, and Gladys Knight) collaborated on a hit song entitled, “That’s What Friends Are For.”…


7 Minutes To Live?

7 Minutes To Live? Okay so it sounds like an absurd question? And yet, I have been asked this question once before. It happened when I working with an amazing woman and mentor of mine by the name of Glenna Salsbury. As part of the process, I had to answer a few very poignant questions.…


Goals – Hold’ em or Fold ’em!

Goals – Hold’ em or Fold ’em! “You got to know when to hold ’em, Know when to fold ’em,  Know when to walk away, And know when to run.” Kenny Rogers   The above quote is actually off the soundtrack from the movie, The Gambler, starring the late Kenny Rogers. Which makes a whole lot of sense if…

Courageous Leader

Lessons From a Courageous Leader

Lessons From a Courageous Leader There are leaders…and then there are Courageous Leaders A number of years ago there was a story circulating on the internet about a U.S. Navy SEAL by the name of Michael Anthony Monsoor who was killed during the Iraq War on September 29, 2006. The story goes that his platoon…


11 Truths About Extraordinary Leaders

11 Truths About Extraordinary Leaders Below are 11 truths that separate, Managers & Leaders from Extraordinary Leaders: Leadership is something most leaders believe they do extremely well. And yet…poor leadership is still the number one reason  people leave an organization. When an average leader is leading, their people say, “Look at what our leader has…