Why you need CEO peers to challenge your assumptions.

As a CEO and business owner, I needed more perspective. I was stale. I felt isolated at the top.

Even worse, no one was challenging my assumptions. Advice was everywhere — and always had an agenda attached.

I knew this: what I was doing was not producing the growth I wanted.

Something had to change.

I needed someone to question my answers.

I gathered with a dozen business owners — a CEO peer group. We met confidentially to share experiences and insights. We described our challenges and opportunities — and greatly benefited from each other’s agenda-free recommendations. We learned, as Daniel Joseph Boorstin said: “The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance. It is the illusion of knowledge.”

The results were substantial: my company became more professionally managed, process driven and — when I was ready — sellable.

This experience also improved my life beyond business. Held accountable by my peers, I allocated my time better. I stopped doing other people’s work. I was able to get home earlier. Life got better.

Want to grow — personally as well as professionally?  Feeling “isolated at the top?”

I convene monthly meetings of business leaders, meet individually with members, and bring in experts (on topics of management and beyond).

Five groups are for business owners and CEOs; two groups are for key executives (who report to CEOs); and a seventh group is for solo practitioners. 

To amplify my coaching and facilitation, I am affiliated with Vistage International. My Vistage groups have access to the resources and knowledge of the world’s leading chief executive organization with 23,000 members around the world and enough alumni to crowd Ohio Stadium.

Are you right for my groups?
Here are the minimum qualifications.

Two of my Vistage CEO peer groups are for leaders who run companies with annual revenues of $1M+, are facing the challenges and opportunities that come with growth and success, and want to share experiences and be held accountable by peers.

A third CEO peer group is planned for launch during the first quarter of 2020, with members meeting in Dayton and Yellow Springs, Ohio.

Two additional CEO peer groups are for leaders of not-for-profit enterprises.

My two Key Executive peer groups are for executives who report directly to a CEO, are being groomed for the CEO position at companies with annual revenues of $1M+, and want to share experiences and be held accountable by peers.

My Solo Practitioner peer group is for client-based professionals, such as attorneys, accountants and consultants, who serve CEOs and senior executives, and want to share experiences and be held accountable by peers. This group does not have a minimum revenue requirement. See details here:

Qualitatively, I admit people who: are smart, ambitious, and successful, are trusting and trustworthy, are earnest, but don’t take themselves too seriously, are kind-hearted, play the big game — are willing to bring their biggest challenges, can engage — show up on time, focus (no cell phones), lean in, will confront their peers kindly, and are experienced enough to know they need to change — and energetic enough to do it.

My groups are for “A” Players. If you are an “A” Player, here is a message for you.

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Here’s what members say.

“As a seven-year Vistage member with Artie Isaac, I have experienced the development of a supportive, challenging CEO peer group that has held me accountable for personal and business growth. As a result, I have developed lifetime relationships with terrific people, achieved 300% growth over five years, and gained insights about all aspects of running a business I might otherwise never had. That’s ROI. That’s Artie.”

Doug Lunne
President & Creative Director
LMG – Lunne Marketing Group

“Artie is the reason I fly back from San Francisco to Columbus monthly for my Vistage meetings. He has curated a great collection of business owners for our group and does a masterful job of facilitating the discussion. He asks insightful questions, brings theory and outside expert ideas in when appropriate, and challenges us to think in new ways.

Scott Ihrig
IMC | An Experience Studio

“With depth and consciousness as a leader, Artie provides excellent support, knowing when to let the group process and when to gracefully move conversation forward. I always walk away with new nuggets of wisdom, challenged to deepen my self-awareness, and re-energized to do the hard work that leadership requires.

Rebecca Wiggins
Executive Director
AFCPE® (Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education®)

“Artie blends his unique brand of intentional calm with a prismatic view of issues and the world. He masterfully imparts this way of life to members of his Vistage groups. Through his expert coaching: Problems become issues. Issues become actions. Actions reinforce calm.

Ann Bischoff
Star House

“The time with Artie and especially my Vistage group members has been invaluable for my company, my career, and my life beyond the office. I would encourage anyone interested in learning more about themselves and their business, while connecting with others, to contact Artie in order to find a Vistage group that is right for them. I am grateful that someone cared enough to suggest Vistage to me years ago, and now I am encouraging others reach out and engage as well. I am confident that you will find value through membership that far outpaces the costs.

Mike Davis
Engineered Profiles LLC

“My Vistage experience has been amazing. My peers are smart, thoughtful, kind people who put challenges into perspective, and take a holistic approach to every issue. Artie is a highly skilled chair who facilitates when necessary, brings us excellent speakers, and holds us accountable for our actions. I have been so lucky to be in one of his groups.

Blythe Coons
Vice President
Spillman Company

“Vistage has been an incredible experience for me both personally and professionally. Artie is hands-down the best facilitator I have ever worked with and I so value the opportunity to be vulnerable amongst peers and process issues that I’m navigating.

Rebecca Asmo
Boys and Girls Clubs of Columbus

At first, Vistage helped me with business. What I didn’t understand at the time, and am not sure i will ever understand, is that Vistage helped me form as a better human. From business person, to husband, to son, to brother, to an other-centered human, Vistage has impacted every aspect of my life. I am a better person, in every way, having known Vistage and Artie Isaac.

Timmy McCarthy
Raising Cane’s Ohio

“Vistage has been completely transformative for my business during my four years with Artie Isaac in a CEO group. Every month I come away with new insights, actionable tools, and invaluable peer review. Artie’s leadership in a room of leaders is thoughtful and passionate. I’m looking forward to year five!”

April Zimmerman Katz
The Zimmerman Companies

“My membership in Vistage has been instrumental for me as an entrepreneur and has paid for itself four-fold in my first year as a member. The input and counsel that I receive from Artie and my peers is invaluable. Not only has Vistage been a profitable investment in my business, but it has genuinely made me a better person. I grow mentally, emotionally and spiritually from each monthly meeting.

Kristen Schmitt
Thrive to Lead

“I have had the pleasure and benefit of being a member of one of Artie’s Vistage groups for three years. The members of our group truly care about each other’s success, which leads to extremely focused and engaging meetings. I always come away with actionable items. I highly recommend meeting with Artie. Within five minutes, you will understand why Artie has become one of the most well-known and well-respected Vistage chairs in the country.”

Travis Timmons
Founder and CEO
Fitness Matters

If you are right for my Vistage groups, I will apply my best efforts and energies to improving your life — and the lives of your families and employees — substantially.

If this sounds like you — or a friend you want to introduce to me — please contact me. I’m here for you. I care.

Wait. What?
You don’t have time?

If your answer is “I don’t have time,” then I am here to question your answer. (Members say, “I come to Vistage to have my answers questioned.”)

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