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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 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
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Engage Your Audience Artie Isaac delivers engaging, funny, and inspirational keynote speeches and workshops that show audiences how to boost creativity and collaboration — at work and beyond. As an actor, writer, and entrepreneur, Artie shows audiences how personal ingenuity can be strengthened to create more productive customer, client, and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2014 at ArtieSpeaks
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Since 2008, when I experienced the singular moment of middle age, I have been striking up conversations with strangers. (I told that story here.) During the past five or so years, I have met a wide variety of interesting people.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2014 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
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We have so much information and so little understanding. The sciences have brought us tremendous discovery. Our former ignorance of new facts is humbling. Lacking our new facts, our ancestors seem quaint. And scrappy. What pluck! How did they find... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2014 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
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It's been five years since I sold my business and retreated to the home office. Nearly six. Five years is a long time. After a child is born -- even after, say, just a few weeks -- you can hardly... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2014 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
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A few days ago, Mark Wallinger praised what he called my "body of work." Mark has a way with words. Sparse. Inspires pause. His "body of work" praised and aged me. He thinks I'm old enough to have a body... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2013 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
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This year, we lost my beloved mother, Jackie Isaac. We eulogized her and miss her. For her... This is about Beauregard. Ever underfoot, Beau mainly lived in our hearts. When we inherited him from Jackie in March, he had outlived... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2013 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
For New Competence, a book-in-development, I am describing how formerly functional competencies have been replaced by new competencies. If you have any feedback and are willing to allow me to include your response in the book (with attribution), please leave... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2013 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
This should come as no surprise: words have meaning. But we speak so casually that words seem cheap. They aren't. Here are three examples. They are three of many that I hear and wonder, "Does the speaker know what he... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2013 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
For New Competence, a book-in-development, I am describing how formerly functional competencies have been replaced by new competencies. If you have any feedback and are willing to allow me to include your response in the book (with attribution), please leave... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2013 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
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You ever have this problem? What to do with too much leftover opium? That was the problem reported to me by a Local Housewife. Here's what happened. Where It Came From The Local Housewife's two kids had their wisdom teeth... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2013 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
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From time to time, I've written about the importance of voting. (It's easy to search for these posts.) Readers of Net Cotton Content are exhorted to vote. After all, voting is a more valuable way to spend time than reading... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2013 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
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Everyone has a response: Call your legislator. Grumble to your neighbor. Curse the media. (Or turn it off?) Even no response is a response. But everyone is wondering, "This world is troubled. What can I do about it?" Here's what... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2013 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
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A couple weeks ago, a roomful of my training peers met in Atlanta. These were the folks that entered Vistage Chair training with me in July 2011. Our training class quickly formed into a peer group and proved the Vistage... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2013 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content