Quick Learning Events For Your Team

What’s a “Birdfeeder2Go”?

A “Birdfeeder2Go” is a private learning opportunity for teams who work at companies led by Vistage members.

Artie Isaac is ready, willing, and able to come by for a morning day starter, a lunch and learn, or afternoon day ender.

To schedule a Birdfeeder 2Go, contact Monica Leck at

(If you are looking for Birdfeeders — not Birdfeeders2Go — visit

Ready To Go:

The Abilene Paradox
by Jerry B. Harvey, Ph.D.

Duration: 90 minutes
AV requirements: projector, screen 

The late Jerry Harvey (1935-2015) was a favorite Vistage speaker. His Abilene Paradox teaches that much dysfunction results not from our ability to manage conflict, but our inability to manage agreement. Dr. Harvey kindly created a 20-minute video, which we will watch and discuss.

This is a life-changing lesson on organizational dynamics. It is a classic for any Vistage member.

Ideal for teams at any level.

Time Management and Productivity using Getting Things Done

Duration: 60 minutes
AV requirements: none 

This is a book club before anyone reads the book! A quick preview of David Allen’s bestselling classic, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity.

Ideal for individuals or teams at any level.

Brainstorming with Six Thinking Hats by Edward de Bono

Duration: 60 minutes
AV requirements: none 

Invite your team to read Edward de Bono‘s short, insightful 1985 classic, Six Thinking Hats. Artie will lead a debrief, guiding the team in brainstorming using the learnings.

Ideal for individuals or teams at any level.

Mental Chatter and Mental Models
by Professor Srikumar Rao, Ph.D.

Duration: 75 minutes
AV requirements: none 

As a student of Dr. Rao’s Creativity & Personal Mastery (CPM) course, Artie can describe the first two building blocks of CPM: mental chatter and mental models.

The results: clearer thinking, greater productivity, more joyous living. No foolin’!

Ideal for humans.

Role Clarification For Not-For-Profit Boards
by Artie Isaac

Duration: 25 minutes
AV requirements: none 

Successful, earnest, generous people serve as board members at not-for-profit organizations. Often, these otherwise disciplined folks improvise their role. This raises questions and challenges. When does a board member’s willingness to roll up sleeves become micro-managing? What does a board ask of the chief executive? What causes board members to create value — and what leads them to leave the board in frustration?

The answers to these questions can lead to clarity and focus — or create far too much make-work for board and CEO alike.

Artie Isaac has served 50+ not-for-profit organizations, as board member, board chair, founder, consultant, and Vistage Chair. Along the way, he has seen the best practices of boards. The key to effectiveness: the board’s relationship with the not-for-profit CEO.

Invite Artie to a board meeting and he will lead a swift conversation to clarify the role of the board and refocus the board/CEO team on its highest purpose: furthering the essential mission of the not-for-profit organization.

Ideal for not-for-profit boards.

Questions & Answers

How do we schedule a Birdfeeder2Go? Please work with Monica to schedule.

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