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 four books, his latest book, Extraordinary Results for Life: Discover Your Path to be UN-ordinary, is the follow companion to his previous title, Extraordinary Results!

If you’re looking to dramatically change your life, both at work and at home, this series is a must read for you or those you lead!

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Avoiding Anything

Avoiding Anything?

“I could deny it if I liked. I could deny anything if I liked.” ~ Oscar Wilde I recently read a 60 Minutes story about appliance repair people who were ripping people off. They stated they replaced parts, but didn’t, and then charged exorbitant fees to replace those parts that weren’t broken. The reporters, went…

Having a Purpose Bigger than you

Having a Purpose Bigger Than You!

Having a purpose bigger than you is where it all begins… In business I believe that the key to motivating employee’s requires two things: Help them identify their unique contribution to the organization and consistently recognize them for it. Show them how they are a part of something bigger than themselves. Imagine what would happen…


Growth and Happiness

“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.”  ~Socrates Spiritual growth, personal growth, professional growth, business growth, relational growth, emotional growth, and on and on it goes! For those who feel like they are on a continuous, 120 mph, path of growth and busy-ness, I have a question for you: Are you happy? More Doesn’t Always…

True Grit

Do You Have Grit? True Grit?

“True Grit is making a decision and standing by it, doing what must be done. No moral man can have peace of mind if he leaves undone what he knows he should have done.” ~John Wayne   The movie: True Grit (the original starring John Wayne). The scene: John Wayne, on his horse in a meadow, 50…

The Great Race

The Great Race?

“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” ~ Martin Luther King (In honor of MLK) When you  think about The Great Race, what comes to mind? Depending on your age, it could be the 1965 movie entitled, The Great Race, or the annual Great Race of North America, or…

George it's an Integrity Thing

George…it’s an Integrity Thing!

in·teg·ri·ty – /inˈteɡrədē/  noun 1. the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness. 2. the state of being whole and undivided. There seems to be a “lack of integrity” epidemic infiltrating our society. In all actuality, this dis-ease that has been around for quite awhile, although it seems to be spreading wider,…


The Courage to Change…

“The opposite of courage is not cowardice, it is conformity.” – Rollo May   It takes courage to change the “things” in our lives that are not working. It sometimes takes even more courage to be willing to take a long, deep look at ourselves to see what we are doing or thinking that is…