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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How to Bounce Back and Improve Your Resiliency

“Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall, All the king’s horses and all the king’s men, Couldn’t put Humpty together again.” ~Samuel Arnold   There has been much debate about whether Humpty Dumpty was actually an egg or not. The point here is that whatever he was, he certainly didn’t have a whole…

So You Want To Change Your Culture...Here's How

So You Want To Change Your Culture? Here’s How!

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”  ~George Bernard Shaw   As a leadership speaker, coach, and consultant for a few decades, I have come to the realization that not every company or leader who says that they want change, really does. The reasons vary, and while…

The Lenses of Perception

The Lenses of Perception…

“If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern.” ― William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell   *****Warning******* I have never shied away from topics that can be viewed as…

Ideas + Actions = Success

Ideas + Actions = Success

“Action is the foundational key to all success.”  ~Pablo Picasso This week we’re talking about success! After pondering the topic I had this realization, ideas are simply thoughts that when acted upon, materialize in the physical world and push us closer to success. For example, every building that was ever built began as a thought,…

The 10 Biggest Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make

10 Biggest Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make!

“Life is like the monkey bars: you have to let go to move forward. Once you make the decision to leap into entrepreneurship, be sure to loosen your grasp on old concepts so you can swing your way to new ones.”  ~Leah Busque (American entrepreneur)   Entrepreneurs are a special breed. It takes a great sense of…

think positive

Focus On The Positive!

“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.”  ~Willie Nelson It has been scientifically proven that humans have a predisposition to focus on the negative. It seems to be inherent in our programming and reinforced by our upbringing. Just think about the time as a child when you came home…


Are You Achieving Excellence?

“Excellence is not a skill, it’s an attitude.”  ~Ralph Marston At different times when I ask my clients if they believe they are achieving excellence, I often hear “No, I wouldn’t say excellence, but we’re better than we were X years ago!” My first response when I hear that is always, “Well what if you…

Influence - Leverage the Power of Failure

Influence: Leverage the Power of Failure

“It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.” ~J.K. Rowling   One way to more powerfully influence others is to leverage your failures. People don’t realize the power of failure and…