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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 a message for those of us who do not like setting goals. I am like you. Perhaps you ignored my recent post on the topic at http://goo.gl/FHE44f. Perhaps you read it and did nothing about it. It was... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2016 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
I'm delighted to be returning to The Ohio State University to co-teach a class on Personal Creativity & Innovation. My co-teacher is Ida Abdalkhani, who is the primary mover behind re-establishing this class at Fisher College of Business. Yay, Ida!... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2016 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
Here's an annual message in a bottle: it's time to set goals for next year! Don't like goals? I hear that from several smart folks every year. "I don't like setting goals." "Too much blame and shame." "Not ambitious enough."... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2015 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
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Don't ask what the world needs, ask what makes you come alive, because what the world needs is more people who have come alive. — Howard Thurman 1899-1981 Roger Tory Peterson — to the land and sky what Jacques Cousteau... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2015 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
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As I began at Yale, Bart Giamatti began his term as Yale's president. Long afterwards, as the seventh Commissioner of Baseball, he became nationally famous for banning Pete Rose. I wrote a letter to the Times, applauding Bart's ethical courage;... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2015 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
Just because I have thought of something to say doesn't mean it is my turn to talk. Even if my thought is intelligent, helpful, valuable, and heart-warming — still, it might not be the right moment to speak. Even if... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2015 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
I've long heard the phrase: "the empty nest." It has always seemed distant. Now it is here. I'm in it. Here's how it feels. I am empty headed. Not calm-headed. (Calm-headed is great. That happens, too, but this is different.)... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2015 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
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This is about a shirt. (If you were ever to skip one of my posts, this is the one.) Click on the photo to see the shirt, on the Castle Trail at Badlands, South Dakota. (If you don't see a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2015 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
Words have meaning. So I want to find the right word. My increasing halts in conversation (and here, invisibly to you, at the keyboard) — when I'm searching for the right word — do not (necessarily) represent the onset of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2015 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
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When I admitted my general confusion here about gender in June, reader responses varied: helpful encouragement — from friends who could teach me about the topic. shared experience — from folks who were similarly confused by the whirl of the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2015 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
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I'm about halfway through Charles Duhigg's The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business and enjoying it. In the first section of the book, Mr. Duhigg describes much of our individual behavior in the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2015 at Artie Isaac | Net Cotton Content
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