Increasing Leadership Performance to Produce ALIVE @ WORK ® Employees and Extraordinary Results

Joe Contrera works with organizations across the country to educate their leaders and help them master the skills they need to influence others so they can lead their teams to achieve higher levels of productivity. By helping leaders understand what it truly means to lead others and then actually building their skills, he is changing the way organizations are developing their leaders!

What People Are Saying

“Fabulous… very inspiring… a dynamic speaker!”

— Julie TierneyH&R Block

“Joe is one of the most gifted communicators I have ever met. His ability to find the right words, at the right time, for the right situation is uncanny and serves him well as a speaker, communication advisor, meeting facilitator, and particularly as a leadership coach.

He has helped our company build a foundation for leadership development that I will forever be grateful for.

Joe is a true secret weapon in the competitive business world we live in.”

— Phil TarulloPresident & CEO LSI Inc.

“Joe did an amazing job of presenting to our Sales Leadership Academy. He customized the program so well that our leaders thought he had been with us the entire year, they loved it! Joe knocked it out of the park!

— Jill JuranProfessional Development Consultant Cox Communication


— Gillian NieboerState Farm Insurance

“The most value in a one-hour period I’ve experienced in a long time. You really connected!”

— Peg MalloyQWEST

“To fuel the passion, purpose and pursuit that drives the CyberWize IBOs, Joe Contrera presented three powerful messages each day that all culminated with standing ovations.”

— CyberWize Inc.

“We saw an amazing jump in productivity and are still experiencing reduced absentees and tardiness five months after your presentation. I intend to make your presentation an annual occurrence here at our plant.”

— Don LennonPresident Lentext Corporation

“Your talk served to set the tone for the rest of the day. I cannot tell you how many positive remarks I received about your presentation. Your ability to personalize your presentation to address the many issues we face was amazing! I truly look forward to hearing you speak again.”

— Candice T. Krill MS, MBA, RNPresident American Case Management Association – Illinois

“Everyone raved about your presentation and it truly set the stage for the rest of the two days! There was lots of energy and excitement around identifying our key strategies. We reaffirmed our beliefs around your message of “beliefs drive behavior which drives results.

The two or three folks that I thought would have a tough time turning around their negative attitudes really engaged themselves in the conversations. As a result – we had one of our best years ever financially!

I couldn’t have chosen a better speaker than you. Thank you for a wonderful presentation. I feel blessed to have met you and hope we have opportunities to see each other in the future.”

— Rosemarie M. Panico-MarinoManaging Director and National Practice Leader McGladdery Retirement Resources

“I watched the audience be captivated by your presentation! Of course, the strongest and most common evaluation comment was the number of participants who requested you be asked back to present again. I strongly recommend you to any organization.”

— Jim FergleDirector Illinois Employment Training Center

“After listening and interacting with you, the team’s attitude has shifted to one of renewed energy and a belief in their own gifts and abilities.”

— Linda RoseAssociate Director of Mobilization Willow Creek Community Church

“I know there are people walking around this building who are trying harder, dressing better and being more professional after your talk. Thank you!”

— Stephen J. ZieglerPresident and CEO Inpro Corporation

“As a result of working with Joe Contrera, we have dramatically improved our ability to communicate and to understand what motivates an individual employee at work. His programs helped us to understand our true focus: To meet the needs of our internal and external customers. As a result, we have increased our bottom line performance by 30%!”

— Mark FultzVice President of Operations Able Steel

“I cannot thank you enough. On short notice, barely 48 hours, you put together a “WOW” presentation for the opening of our conference. You set the tone we had hoped for!”

— Dawn TurcoCo-Chair The Low Vision Conference

“Thank you for your key involvement in our National Sales Meeting. It definitely made a “good” National Sales Meeting, a “great” one!”

— W. Michael GlynnVice President Epko Industries

“Though I sat in the front row of the theater, I know from talking with my peers that whether we were seated right up front or clear in the back, your message of determining and meeting the needs of others left us with a feeling of self-empowerment and motivation. How do I know this? Because your presentations were constant topics during our four-day meeting!”

— Julie GrayMDC Wallcovering


— Carmella Passanisi-GoliniSales Manager Arbonne International

“This presentation really made me look at my life and face the things I really need to change in myself.”

— Kelly LivingstoneRush University Medical Center

“Your high energy and entertaining delivery made this presentation both fun and engaging.”

— Brenda AmsberrySales Representative, Denver

“The best speaker of this year’s conference!”


“Great speaker! Kept the audience involved the entire time!”

“Very inspiring and motivational”

“Great speaker, I want to hear him again!”

— Association for the Healthcare Environments Conference

“Joe Contrera does it again with Extraordinary Results. Check out his work on self-awareness. Effective leadership starts on the inside – before you can hope to lead anyone else, you have to know yourself and what you need to be successful.”

— Ken BlanchardCoauthor of The New One Minute Manager and coeditor of Servant Leadership in Action

“The concepts in this book really work. With Joe’s genuine and authentic teachings, I have see my team transform into leaders who are more focused, more engaged, and more effective!”

— Maya LiebmanCIO & Executive VP, American Airlines Group Inc.

“This book will transform what you believe about being a leader. It is one of the best new leadership books written if you want to learn how to exponentially increase your ability to influence others!”

— Dr. Nido R. QubeinPresident, High Point University

“Whether you’ve been leading people for 2 months or 20 years, the ideas in this book will help you achieve extraordinary results. Read it only if you want to take your leadership game to a whole new level!”

— Daniel HenryGlobal CIO at McDonald’s Corporation

“This fast-moving, experience-based and practical book is loaded with proven strategies that help you get the very best out of your team.”

— Brian TracyAuthor or How the Best Leaders Lead

“Joe Contrera’s book, Extraordinary Results, goes beyond the theories and ideas of yesterday, it provides you the tools and techniques needed to be a better Leader today!”

— Michael J. TokichSenior VP and CFO at STERIS plc

“Very few leaders understand how to bring out the best in themselves or their people. Joe’s wisdom will teach you how to do both! Don’t wait…start achieving extraordinary results today!”

— Glenna SalsburyProfessional Speaker, CSP, CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame, author of The Art of the Fresh Start

“The Art of Leading Coaching & Influencing Others™ has prepared the Leaders of our company for the future. As a result of this program our leaders think strategically and more like owners of the company instead of employees. They lead more effectively and the walls that used to separate individual departments have dissolved. This Investment far outweigh the benefit from any equipment we’ve purchased over the years.”

— Mark FultzVice President of Operations – Able Steel Fabricators

Joe worked extensively with my leadership team over a period of 7 months as part of The Art of Leading, Coaching and Influencing Others™ Program. Throughout the program, I could see the transformation of the team as the skills were internalized and then utilized within the broader organization. The growth and maturing of the organization was absolutely transformational. Joe has an excellent ability to work with individuals to uncover their strengths, opportunities for improvement, and what may be holding them back in their professional development.“

— Nate HolmManaging Director, PSS Integration – American Airlines Group

“Joe Contrera’s latest book, Extraordinary Results for Life, offers insights and strategies on how to change. We all have the ability to make the changes necessary to make our lives extraordinary. This book will totally reshape what you believe about change and living an extraordinary life!”

—Tom McCormickPresident & CEO, Primoris Services Corporation

“If you are truly interested in changing your life, but don’t know how, this book was written just for you! It will help you transform your life from the ordinary to the extraordinary.”

—Ron ThompsonCEO Lhoist North America

“This book will change everything you’ve been taught about being extraordinary. It not only teaches you concepts but gives you everyday practical skills you can use to start transforming your life from ordinary to extraordinary!”

—Steven LeistVice President, Customer Technology at American Airlines Group Inc.

Extraordinary Results for Life is the logical sequel to Joe’s previous book Extraordinary Results. This book will show you how to transform yourself from ordinary to extraordinary in business and in life. Read it only if you truly want to change!”

—Dr. Nido R. QubeinPresident, High Point University

“Joe Contrera’s latest book, Extraordinary Results for Life, is a wakeup call and offers insights and strategies on how to change your life. Read it, take the plunge and transform what you believe about being extraordinary!”

—Mike SylvestreSVP Operations Americas at Kinross Gold Corporation

“A smart book with a great mix of things I was aware of and ideas new to me that, when combined, help me to separate from the ordinary.”

—Brian PalmerCMM, Senior Vice President, National Speakers Bureau, Inc.

“This book speaks to all of us who are challenged by a changing world, while leading others through the evolution: The evolution begins with each of us. This book is a must read for anyone wishing to transform their life and the lives of the people they lead. An extraordinary book on leadership, life, and personal growth!”

—Michael AdornettoMD, President, American College of Osteopathic Internists

Partial Client List

  • American Airlines
  • Hard Rock Café
  • PetSmart Inc.
  • Cox Communications®
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Abbott Laboratories
  • Kinross Gold USA
  • Lhoist N.A.
  • Pella Windows
  • Seguros Monterrey New York LIfe
  • Farmers Insurance
  • American Hospital Association (AHA)
  • YMCA
  • Blood Systems Inc.
  • Omnova Solutions
  • Kiewit Corporation
  • Avella

Interested in Hiring Joe?

Join the companies who have experienced the dramatic results of improved leadership performance! Contact Joe Contrera directly at (480) 460-7545.