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!”

The Art of Leading, Coaching, & Influencing Others™: Worldview – Friendly or Hostile

The Art of Leading, Coaching, & Influencing Others™: Worldview – Friendly or Hostile A brief excerpt from Joe’s new book, The Art of Leading, Coaching, & Influencing Others™, coming out later this year. Albert Einstein once said, “The most important decision we make is whether we believe we live in a friendly or hostile universe.”…

The Art of Leading, Coaching, & Influencing Others™: Authority versus Control

The Art of Leading, Coaching, & Influencing Others™: Authority versus Control A brief excerpt from Joe’s new book, The Art of Leading, Coaching, & Influencing Others™, coming out later this year. A number of years ago a colleague of mine recommended a book entitled, Power versus Force by David Hawkins. It was an extremely powerful…

The Art of Leading, Coaching, & Influencing Others™: Transparency & Opaqueness

The Art of Leading, Coaching, & Influencing Others™: Transparency & Opaqueness Transparency – the quality or state of being free from pretense or deceit. Opaqueness – attempt to block, making something hard to understand or see. Much can be said about these topics because they touch every aspect of our lives. Whether it is politics, the news…

Leadership Faux Pas #5 – Lack of Focus

  Leadership Faux Pas #5 – Lack of Focus “When you don’t know your why, you don’t have purpose … when you don’t have purpose, you don’t have clarity … when you don’t have clarity you don’t have focus and without focus you can’t accomplish a damn thing!” Joe Contrera A lack of focus will…

Leadership, Self-Honesty, & The Road Less Traveled

Leadership, Self-Honesty, & The Road Less Traveled There have been hundreds of thousands of books and blogs written on the subject of how to be a better leader. And yet the media is flooded with example after example of poor leaders who lack the single most important characteristic of any leader … self-honesty. When I…

Part II – 10 Things You Need To Hold Onto … Forever!

In life there are things we need to let go of … and things we need to hold onto. The key to a happy, healthy, and fulfilling life is knowing the difference and which one to do and when … hold or let go. Below is a short list of things that need to hold onto. Why? Because when you lose these 10 things … life can be pretty empty.

Delegate, Let Go, or Die!

Great leaders delegate. And yet many leaders find it difficult to let go, especially when the stakes are high and something big is on the line. There are a number of reasons why leaders don’t delegate, whether it is a need to be in control, fear of letting go, micro-managing, or simply believing that no one else can do it the right way … of course the right means their way!