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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!

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are you happy

Are You Happy?

“Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” — Abraham Lincoln Are You Happy? A group of friends and I were having a discussion about happiness. Various people took turns chiming in on the topic. One person shared that they were rediscovering what made them happy, another about the fact…

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the blame game

The Blame Game

“Your life is the fruit of your own doing. You have no one to blame but yourself.” ~  Joseph Campbell The Blame Game Is it me, or have you noticed the astronomical rise in situations where folks are blaming anyone and anything for their problems? Have you noticed that practically every other news media story,…

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Battling the Monster

Battling the Monster…

“Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.” – Victor Hugo. Battling the Monster Imagine that you created a product. A product that took you years to create. You’ve babied it, poured your heart and soul into it, with the dream that it might change the lives of those folks who experienced it. An then one…

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pain

The Problem of No Pain…

The Problem of No Pain… Years ago, I read a book entitled, The Problem With Pain. The book was written by C.S. Lewis for the Christian audience, but that isn’t the point. The point is that the title implies that pain is a problem. Before I go any further, I am not proposing that we…

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Losing Sight of the Big Rocks

Losing Sight of the Big Rocks Years ago, I had the opportunity to work with a Fortune 100 company going through a merger. At the time, there was immense pressure to make sure five key areas of the integration went flawlessly. Most importantly, the reservation’s systems, which were foundational for driving revenue. Similar companies who…

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THE NEW CRACK COCAINE

The New Crack Cocaine…

The New Crack Cocaine… If you have recently watched any sporting event, you have probably noticed the recent influx of commercials for online sports betting. Actually, it is impossible to escape them! Chances are you have been exposed to an ad for Caesar’s Sportsbook, BetMGM, Fubo Sportsbook, Wynnbet, BetfredSports, Bet Rivers, Unibet, Fanduel Sportsbook ,…

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