Continuing Learning For Business Leaders

What’s a “Birdfeeder”?

A “Birdfeeder” is a public appearance by an expert resource for the benefit of Vistage members. (Private appearances are closed to anyone beyond a specific group’s members.)

Unless otherwise noted below, Birdfeeders are open to all Vistage members, chairs, and friends. Please share this page.

Upcoming Birdfeeders

Tom Foster
Management Myths and Timespan
As organizations grow, headcount increases, the number and size of projects get bigger, things become more complex. Control systems get stress tested, we outgrow processes and the wheels get wobbly. We get the work done, deliver the project, the customer is happy, but when we look in the wake, people and the organizational are harmed. All of this has an impact on profit. Tom Foster will share the statistically significant research of the late Dr. Elliott Jaques (1917-2003) related to levels of work in organizational structure.
Wednesday, May 27: 9a–Noon
Advance registration required (open only to current Vistage members and chairs):

Michael Carr
The Deming Lens: A New Way to View Your Business
W. Edwards Deming was a statistician and engineer who developed the sampling techniques still used today by the U.S. Census, helped Toyota become the world’s largest automaker, and helped Ford revamp its management style to become the most profitable American auto company. In recognition of his contributions to quality control, manufacturing, and management, President Reagan awarded Deming the National Medal of Technology in 1987. Mike will offer a brief overview of Deming concepts, work through several examples, and show you how to begin viewing your own business through a Deming lens.

Wednesday, May 27: 3:45p–4:45p

Advance registration required:
A recording will be available later.
Beth Weinstock and Artie Isaac
Poetry Circle 
Beth and I will read poems aloud. Some are finished and ready. Some are still in the works. Listen as we encourage and critique one another. (You and all other attendees will be muted throughout the session.)
Sunday, May 31: 7p–8p (might go longer, depending on the poems)
John Schuster
The Inner Game That Drives The Outer Game
John Schuster, the founding Vistage Chair in Kansas City, and now — for decades — a trainer of coaches nationwide, will lead us to be “closer to home” for more self-aware leadership at work, in relationships, and in self-management.
Tuesday, June 2: 1p-2p
Advance registration required:
A recording will be available later.
Rebecca Heiss
Blind Spots to Breakthroughs: Transforming Survive Into Thrive
Armed with a PhD in Biology, Rebecca Heiss’s transformative workshop “Blind Spots to Breakthroughs” is a breath of fresh air, providing immediately applicable strategies to better organizations and individuals. Rebecca’s keynote brings audiences on an inspiring journey into their own minds, exploring the powerful world of the subconscious. Generously peppered with humor, audience interaction, and “aha!” moments throughout, Rebecca empowers her listeners to retrain their brains to see their own personal blind spots, moving away from the reactive and toward thoughtful response.
Thursday, June 4: 11:15a–12:15p
Advance registration required:
A recording will be available later.
Buck Mallory, Attorney
Stimulus and Re-Opening Regulations (updated, a ninth session)
Updating his much appreciated recent sessions here, Columbus attorney — and former Birdhouse member — Thomas H. (“Buck”) Mallory, Jr. will explore the latest aspects of federal and state legislation and restrictions. For more information about the Mallory Law Office:
Thursday, June 4: 1:45p-2:45p
Advance registration required:
A recording will be available later.
Becca Apfelstadt
Time Management Tweaks: Change your thinking, change your day

Becca Apfelstadt, Co-Founder and CEO of treetree, an agency with a niche in special projects, will share insight around the stories we tell ourselves about our time—or lack thereof. During this session, you’ll learn how she started creating space for what matters most, even when she thought it impossible to find one more moment in the day. Because when we build the lives we want, time saves itself. Join us to learn from the leader of one of our local Best Places to Work and discover:

  • The elasticity of time
  • How to prioritize self-care
  • Ways to move time around
  • Practical tips and exercises

Date and Time TBD
Advance registration required:
Link TBD
A recording will be available later.

Recently Recorded Birdfeeders

Buck Mallory, Attorney
Update on The CARES Act and Family Leave

Greg Ubert, Founder & President at Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea
Re-Starting Your Mom & Pop
Here is information on Greg’s book:
Recorded on May 20, 2020:
Michael Allosso
You On Your Best Day
Recorded on Friday, May 15, 2020:
Available only to current Vistage members. Please request password from
Patrick Ungashick
Recorded on Thursday, May 14, 2020:
Available only to current Vistage members. Please request password from
Adam Harris, Expert On Remote Working and former Vistage Chair
Adapting Your Business To Remote Working, The Opportunity To Thrive
Recorded on Tuesday, May 5, 2020:
Boaz Rauchwerger,
Casey Brown, Boost Pricing
Artie Isaac, Vistage Chair
Leading in Challenging Times: 5 Strategies You Should Know
Recorded on Thursday, April 30, 2020:
Angie Hicks, Co-Founder, Angie’s List
Re-Starting Your Mom & Pop
Recorded on Wednesday, April 29, 2020:

Shannon Lee, Relā
The Hula Hoop of Change

Poetry Circle 
Poets read poems to each other. Some poems are finished and ready. Some are still in the works. Listen as the poets applaud and critique each others’ work.

Natalie Siston, Small Town Leadership
Energy, Attitude & Leadership: How are YOU Showing Up? 

Recorded on April 23, 2020:
Here is the handout Natalie Siston shared after the session:
Bea Strickland Wray, Author
Business Lessons Harvard Taught Me But My Kids Made Me Learn
Recorded on April 22, 2020:

Jennifer Ciccarelli, Head of School, Columbus School for Girls
Isolation In A Home With Children

Recorded on April 15, 2020:
Here are materials Jennifer Ciccarelli shared after the session:
And, from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Two University of Georgia professors say this is not business as usual and it’s unethical to act as if it could be” (April 1, 2020):
Gustavo Grodnitzky, Ph.D., author of Culture Trumps Everything
Culture, Coronavirus, and RecoveryWhat We Can Learn From Companies That Are Weeks Ahead In Responding To This Pandemic
Recorded on April 10, 2020:
Steve Hammons
START ME UP: A View Of Beyond The Shutdown
Recorded on April 8, 2020:
Robert Shire, M.D.
Think, Eat, Move: Effective Leadership Principles to Be Healthier, Happier, and Less Stressed
Recorded on April 6, 2020:
Patrick Lencioni
Overcoming Organizational Dysfunction

Ongoing Birdfeeders

On the Fly
Come by anytime during this daily hour. You might meet a member of your group, a member from elsewhere in the Birdhouse, or another Vistage Chair. (It might be just you and me.) Come in whenever you want. Leave when you want. Process an issue, grab a few mindful breathes, reset for the day, or just chat about the world. 
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 7a-8a
Juan Alvarez: Daily Mindfulness Meditation
Every day, Juan Alvarez guides two meditations on Instagram Live. You can attend live, or enjoy them all day @consciousexecutivecoaching/.  
Daily, 8a & 8:30p (except Monday evenings)
No registration required.

Questions & Answers

May I bring — or send — a guest? Yes. Please limit guests to your family, potential peer group candidates, and your key executive colleagues. If you are wondering about whether a guest is appropriate, ask Monica.

Do I need to pre-register? Yes or no, as directed in each event. Ask any questions to

What’s “Birdhouse”? Birdhouse is the combined membership of the peer groups chaired by Artie Isaac. Like birds of different feathers, flocking together. Please refer candidates to