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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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Every once in a while, I publish a list of What I Don't Know. This perennial, shameless display of ignorance was inspired by Rob Emrich, my SpeakerSite co-founder and friend. He loved for us to keep a visible, up-to-date list... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2015 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
Matt Slaybaugh recently sent me these familiar words, from the commencement address to the graduates of Kenyon College in 2005. I've taken several minutes to digest them anew. I'd read them years ago, back when the speech first hit the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
[NOTE: This is written for Net Cotton Content by Helen Hazelwood Isaac.] When I was seven years old, the fathers of my classmates at Columbus School for Girls organized a retreat to a YMCA campsite. There were about twelve father­-daughter... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2015 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
There was a time when I was very resistant to changing my life. This is about that time. I owned a business. Called "Young Isaac" -- after the founding partner, Brooks Young -- it was an advertising agency where I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2015 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
I was frenetically bored. My friend and teacher, Steve Anderson, helped me realize this. He said: "You bounce out of bed at five every morning without an alarm clock. You run around all day, doing all kinds of honorable, effective... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2015 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
It's been about four years since I started training as (and being) a Vistage chair. I don't write much about it here. The conversations -- among CEOs, business owners, key executives -- are confidential, so there isn't much to write.... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2015 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
During the coming days, a pair of family graduations: one high school, one college. Due to the work, growth and achievements of the students, these are among our life's most profound celebrations. Is it humbling? Why do people who experience... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2015 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
Breathe. Last week, I was reminded of this. I had arrived to give a brief talk to a peer group of not-for-profit executive directors in Licking County. (I love that name: Licking County! What were the namers thinking? Wait. Don't... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2015 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
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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 Apr 12, 2015 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