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Artie Isaac
Columbus, Ohio
Vistage chair, public speaker, creativity teacher
Interests: return to the public realm, share their experiences and validate their insights. what can you teach?, i deeply believe that everyone has something to teach. i am focused on teaching creativity to help and encourage others to turn off their televisions
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When I arrive most places, it's usually by car. A little clown car. And I have this ritual: 1. Steer and brake to a stop in a parking place. 2. Turn the key to kill the engine. 3. Pull the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
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That ring on your finger -- who will wear it after you die? When your great-great-grandchild (or -nephew, or -niece, or -friend) receives your cherished ring (or necklace, or candlestick), that child will surely ask: "Who was [your name]?" It... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
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Back in 2006, Thomas Friedman in The New York Times reflected on a taxi ride in Paris: The driver and I had been together for an hour, and between the two of us we had been doing six different things.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2015 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
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Years ago, a teacher of mine, Ed Burghard — the very first time we met — told me about his Handshake Document. "When I shake your hand," Ed said, "I automatically make these promises." He handed me a sheet of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2015 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
Amid the madness of the world, love continues. Sunday's New York Times brought "To Fall in Love With Anyone," an essay by Mandy Len Catron in the reader-submitted MODERN LOVE column. (Link: http://tinyurl.com/ArtieLove.) Summary Two strangers are research subjects, introduced... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
1. "You are a mess. You are crying and loud about it. Go to your room and don't come back until you're happy." These were the words of my mother, an all-loving, somewhat imperfect parent, when I was five years... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2015 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
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If you were wearing white shoes and a white belt, my father said you were "full Cleveland." This was because he admired the sophistication of Clevelanders. In their white shoes and white belts. Mmmm, hmmm. (If you were wearing white... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
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I find that the year-end holidays give me time to daydream about my intentions. And I know that my peer groups will assemble in January for a tradition: each person writes his or her goals on a giant roll of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2014 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
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What do you think when others check their phones? Last week, I was chairing a group meeting. The group is highly functional: processing deep issues, holding each other accountable, caring for the membership, and nurturing the chair (thanks!). Then The... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2014 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
I was in a peer group meeting recently where someone described a bad trend. His revenues were down. Way down. He was against the wall -- and had to produce or perish. (I have his permission to post this.) He... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
[A note to readers: I haven't been writing much here at Net Cotton Content. I'm sorry. Not sorry to you. Sorry to me. I want to write more. Recently, I told one of my mentors, Matt Slaybaugh, that I had... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2014 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
This phrase keeps wiggling through my head: "self care." It's a phrase that I had never heard before my Gestalt training during the past year. In my coaching training class, the faculty raised our awareness of the importance of taking... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2014 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
Everyone says, "When you have your health you have everything." I disagree. Recently my knees hurt. Really brought me down. I couldn't go up or down stairs without a breathtaking distraction from whatever I was thinking. Step, ow!, gasp, ugh!... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2014 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
Perhaps you have simply forgotten. You might be too young to remember. Philippe Petit walked on a tightrope secretly stretched between the tops of the World Trade Towers on August 7, 1974. Forty years ago today, he was a "man... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
I used to work for a contemporary Machiavelli. When someone was angry with him on the phone, he would wait for his chance to respond. Then, as he started to respond, he would tap his finger on the hook, aborting... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2014 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
I am watching the events of the day. What I see has a lot to do with where I'm sitting. I'm sitting in the lap of comfort, during a decade of life that is offering opportunity, delight, health, and shalom... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
For a new presentation -- and potential book project (working title: "Maximizing Vacation ROI")... I am seeking your best vacation practices here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NSBFJBD If you take two weeks of vacation a year (plus holidays), you'll take a year of vacation... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
Alisa and I have survived all four of our parents, of blessed memory. In doing so, we have become members of the oldest living generation in our families. (As the youngest children in our families, we seem young for this... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
I like to keep a List Of What I Don't Know. I learned this from Rob Emrich. The good news: the list never goes away. No sooner do I learn something -- and scratch it off the list -- then... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2014 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
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An unmarried 24-year-old said this to me today: "Marriage is easy." That has me thinking. Marriage is easy. Marriage is easy. Fidelity is not. There are temptations. There are opportunities. My mantra: "Do I really want to hurt my beloved?... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2014 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
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I can't believe I've never told you this story. Perhaps I've told it to you in person. But I don't see it here on Net Cotton Content. So this might be news. So One Day, I was walking home from... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2014 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
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Do you celebrate? This was a question posed to an arena full of entrepreneurs by Jack Welch. The GE CEO asked two thousand young entrepreneurs: How many of you have, during the past few months, recognized a victory? Maybe you... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2014 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
I've been downright lucky. Born into freedom. Into health. Into a loving home. Into prosperity. Into intellectual literacy and conversation. Into an ethical tradition. Into so much. These were gifts I didn't earn. They landed at my feet. All I... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2014 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
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Last evening at dinner, a colleague raised a question: "How can I become a better leader?" The answer, from another colleague: "Who are you? Start with knowing who you are." The table fell quiet. This quickly turned into an assignment... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2014 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
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This is about how to turn a great relationship into an even better relationship. My mother, Jackie Isaac, of blessed memory, and I had a great relationship. Truly, we had a lot of laughs together. We traveled together. We drank... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2014 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content