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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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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
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Some summers are better than others. The Best Summers Linger. There is a fine, long stretch in the middle. A moment when you look at the blue sky and realize: it's been so long since the beginning that you can't... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
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A recent blog post -- "The Alternative To A Rising Career" -- received an unusually large reaction from readers of Net Cotton Content. The Reaction Split Evenly By Generation. The members of the Greatest/Silent Generation and Baby Boom questioned why... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
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Please forgive this quick plug. Feel free to ignore, of course. Sometimes, readers of Net Cotton Content ask me to tell them whenever I give a public presentation. Here's one. It's next week in Columbus. I'm getting ready by leading... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
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My hands live in Columbus. My imagination lives in New York. My ambition lives in New Haven. My feet live in the Grand Canyon. My family lives in Abaco. My soul lives in the Negev. My heart is wherever my... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2014 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
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Up at Gestalt HQ, we are learning about edges and boundaries, among many other topics. I'm no expert, but here's how I understand it. Some delineations in life are really clear. Black and white. You know where something starts and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2014 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
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Many fine folks rise. Their career trajectory is upward. It can be graphed on an organizational chart. Mazel tov! Not me. Looking back on the first half of my career, that's not what has happened. Up never felt better. For... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2014 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
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Last week's post, "Toward Collaboration," has inspired questions from readers of Net Cotton Content. For example, Mark Schuetz, a founding member of my first Vistage group, asks: "In what ways would our relationship need to change that would produce the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2014 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
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What did you learn in your summer jobs? Or after-school? What did those early jobs teach you about how you work, what motivates you, what incentive is most meaningful? My summer jobs -- and my part-time jobs during school --... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2014 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
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Who is your best collaborator? When has collaboration worked well for you? And when has it failed? I Know Failure. Failure in collaboration comes in two flavors. One: bad collaboration. Two: no collaboration. The second is harder to taste. It's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2014 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
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Do you have a meeting that seems to happen again and again? I do. It's a nice meeting, but it seems to keep happening: the informational interview with a job seeker. It's really a nice meeting. Nice: an ethical obligation,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2014 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
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Per Jewish tradition, the eleven months of mourning for my mother have now ended. I've said Kaddish -- and will continue to do so on each anniversary of her death. I am very grateful to those who stood beside me... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2014 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content