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Welcome to the The Extraordinary Leadership Blog

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!



Holidays – Blessing or Curse?

Holidays – Blessing or Curse? The holiday season is going full throttle and for some folks this holiday season is starting off extremely difficult  for a number of reasons. Maybe you lost someone dear to you earlier this year and this will be the first holiday season without them? It might be you’re facing a…

Change Your Story

Change Your Story…Change Your Life!

Change Your Story – Change Your Life! “Those who do not have power over the story that dominates their lives, the power to retell it, rethink it, deconstruct it, joke about it, and change it as times change, truly are powerless, because they cannot think new thoughts.” A. Salman Rushdie Have you ever sat in…


Closing in on Your Purpose…

Closing in on Your Purpose In my last blog, I discussed the difference between talents and skills. I also shared information on how talents and skills relate to being extraordinary and discovering your purpose. Well maybe got you thinking enough to ask yourself…ALIVE So how do I know if I’m getting closer to my purpose? Getting…


Talents, Skills, & Being Extraordinary!

Talents, Skills, and Being Extraordinary! People often use the words talents and skills interchangeably, as if they had the exact same meaning. I believe that talents and skills are different. Talents encompass your strengths, your brilliance, and your genius. By genius, I mean in its original form found in the word – genie which means…

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…