Speakers (Birdfeeders)

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

Rick Platt 
Intel Arriving: A First Look In Licking County

Wednesday, February 1, 2022, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
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Artie Isaac will interview Rick Platt — the CEO at Heath-Newark-Licking Co. Port Authority and a JobsOhio Board Member — about the announcement of Intel’s $20B investment in Licking County. How might local businesses support — and benefit from — the growth?
The Heath-Newark-Licking County Port Authority was created in 1995 to take over ownership of the Newark AFB upon closing. Today, it has a three-fold mission of management, development, and solutions for county-wide economic development efforts.
Artie Isaac
Time Management 

Wednesday, February 2, 2022, 11:00 – 11:50am
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Sometimes people ask me, “How do you have so much time to [write poetry or have so many Vistage groups or something else]?”
During this one-hour session, I will try to answer that question.
Jim Collins
(presented by Artie Isaac)
The Stockdale Paradox 
Wednesday, February 16, 2022, 9:30 – 10:20am
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Admiral Jim Stockdale was a prisoner of war for eight years during Vietnam, an experience he and his wife chronicled in the book In Love and War. After reading the book, Jim asked Admiral Stockdale about how he got through the experience. Admiral Stockdale said, “I never wavered in my faith, not only that I would get out, but that I would turn those years in the camp into the defining event of my life, that in retrospect I would not trade.”

Years later in his research, Jim noted that the Good to Great leaders had the same unwavering faith and the ability to confront the brutal facts of reality.

In this conversation, Jim challenges you to ask yourself:

  1. How can you engage with those around you and embrace the idea that you can prevail?
  2. What are the brutal facts you must confront head on about the current reality?

Recently Recorded Birdfeeders

Artie Isaac
On Better Writing 
January 10th, 2022
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Artie Isaac speaks to the team at ZoCo Design about better writing.

Artie Isaac
The Green Box: Personal Contingency Planning 
October 5th, 2021
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During this 60-minute session, Artie Isaac will guide you through the Green Box, a checklist to prepare your business and your family for your untimely death.

This is a thoughtful exercise for anyone and everyone — and might be timely. This information is sobering and invaluable.

Boaz Rauchwerger
How to Become Twice as Productive in Half the Time
July 23, 2021 
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sIn this highly interactive presentation, Boaz Rauchwerger shares a set of proven rules for productive meetings, , and innovative techniques for creating great teamwork. Key issues covered in this fast-paced program that are applicable immediately include: running meetings like a television program for greater productivity; ideas for optimum time management; being much more creative in marketing; innovative ideas to create great relationships with employees, customers, and suppliers.
Boaz Rauchwerger
How To Stop Worrying And Take Positive Action! 
May 5, 2020
More About Boaz

Click here to learn more about Boaz Rauchwerger.

Brian Wagner
If You Could See What I See
July 2, 2021 
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According to the Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM), it costs over $4,000 and takes 42 days to fill an open position, on average. This number increases with the pay range, roles, and responsibilities

In this diverse and inclusive world, he has learned how to encourage those that are different from him and wants you to do the same.

Recording & Slides
Mike Carr
Control Charts and Natural Variation: Don’t Overreact (And Forecast With Confidence)
June 23, 2021
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Up month? Down month? What’s a manager to do?

What the manager must not do is just as important: do not overreact!

During this 60-minute session, Mike Carr will give you a spreadsheet that can help you not overreact to natural variation in your performance.

Mike will give you the spreadsheet, show you how it works, and explain how control limits can guide your understanding of recent results — and help you forecast future results.

Recording & Slides

Recorded on 6/23/2021

The spreadsheet tutorial: 

For password, contact [email protected]

Shan Foster
7 Steps To RESET Corporate Culture

May 12, 2021
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Shan Foster writes:
Diversity and inclusion is not important due to the racial unrest in America at this current time, but rather due to the evidence showing exponential return on the investment. From a millennial workforce to diverse backgrounds, corporations are feeling the pressure to compete for business as well as top talent. As a former professional basketball player and now community leader and advocate, I’ve seen my share of change and in this workshop participants will explore 7 steps to reset corporate culture with an emphasis on commitment, evaluation, and execution.
Using their personal stories and corporate experiences, participants will explore the challenges and benefits to diversity and inclusion. The result: an intentional, personalized plan to engage their workforce’s ideas, energy and insights, which will lead to improved customer experiences, faster innovation, and greater retention rates.
Recording & Slides
Buck Mallory
Non-competes and Other Employment Issues
May 11, 2021
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During the initial challenges of the stimulus and shutdown regulations, Buck Mallory offered ten sessions on the introduction of stimulus and re-opening regulations. A former Birdhouse member, Thomas H. (“Buck”) Mallory, Jr. is returning to offer a selection of topics on legal issues facing entrepreneurs:
Non-competes and Other Employment Issues
How can business owners protect their investments in their most valuable assets. An explanation of the limitations and pitfalls.
For more information about the Mallory Law Office: https://mallorylawoffice.com.
Buck Mallory
Guide to Negotiating Commercial Real Estate Leases
May 6, 2021
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During the initial challenges of the stimulus and shutdown regulations, Buck Mallory offered ten sessions on the introduction of stimulus and re-opening regulations. A former Birdhouse member, Thomas H. (“Buck”) Mallory, Jr. is returning to offer a selection of topics on legal issues facing entrepreneurs:
Commercial Real Estate
How can business owners approach and implement their real estate strategiues. An explanation of the limitations and pitfalls.
For more information about the Mallory Law Office: https://mallorylawoffice.com.
Tom Foster
Management Myths and Timespan
February 12, 2021
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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, there are body bags and organizational friction. All of this has an impact on profit.

We think we have personality conflicts and breakdowns in communication, so we do personality testing and conduct communication seminars in the hope that we can all work better together. But after the seminar, nothing changes. That’s because we do not have a communication problem, we have a structure problem.

We create the structure in which people work. We set the context. It is all about structure. Change the context, behavior follows.

In his presentation, Tom Foster will share the statistically significant research of the late Dr. Elliott Jaques (1917-2003) related to levels of work in organizational structure.

Specific subject areas –

  • the flat organization is a misguided management fad — organizational hierarchy is important and exists for very specific reasons
  • personality conflicts and communication problems are often smokescreens for a misalignment in organizational structure
  • a hiring manager will not willingly hire anyone at or above his or her level of work
  • most CEOs have difficulty understanding the true nature of executive work and often, are drawn into activity that pulls them away from higher-level responsibilities.


From the presentation, participants will become familiar with Elliott Jaques’ “Human Progression Model.” They will understand the impact of this missing link in:

  • most hiring processes
  • managerial and cross-functional working relationships
  • defining appropriate levels of work.

Note: Participants may find it helpful to bring a current organization chart, starting with the CEO and driving down three levels into the organization (lines on the chart should represent reporting relationships), and if they exist, a short paragraph description for the CEO and each of the senior management positions.

Subscribe to Tom’s Management Blog.

Hunter Lott
2021 HR Roundtable
January 13, 2021
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Recording and Materials

Recorded on 1/13/2021

Here are follow up documents from Hunter:

Here is more information from Hunter:

Here is Artie’s message to A players, inspired years ago by Hunter:


Artie Isaac
Company A / Company B
January 12, 2021
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During this one-hour session, learn how to use this one-page Change Management Plan: how to develop it and how to implement it. You can read about it here: artieisaac.com/blog/2018/04/company-a-company-b/

Before the videoconference, print this document: https://artieisaac.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Go-Artie-Company-A-Company-B-only.pdf

Artie Isaac
Cycle Of Renewal
December 8, 2020 
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Artie Isaac will lead a one-hour session on the Cycle of Renewal, which is taught at the Hudson Institute.
Here’s the LifeForward course Artie took at the Hudson Institute in 2019: https://hudsoninstitute.com/individuals/lifeforward/
Come learn about the predictable phases of your — and others’ — renewal.
Artie Isaac
Re-setting Your Aims for 2021
December 1, 2020
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Artie Isaac will lead a one-hour session on setting goals aims for 2021. Come learn why aims are better than goals and how to set yours.
During the session, we will refer to this document (  https://tinyurl.com/AimSettingFor2021 ) and this blog post ( https://artieisaac.com/blog/2020/10/smarty2021/ )
Dr. Srikumar Rao
How to Eradicate Stress and Cultivate Extreme Resilience
November 19, 2020
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Most people report feeling more stress in their lives now than ever before. It is possible to greatly reduce the stress we feel and even eliminate it entirely. This requires us to think differently about our life and our goals. If you implement even one or two of the ideas shared in this session, you will see a quantum leap in your effectiveness and more joy in your life.

Hear from Dr. Srikumar Rao, speaker, author, former business school professor and creator of Creativity and Personal Mastery, a course designed to effect personal transformation. Learn more at https://theraoinstitute.com/

Srikumar Rao helps leaders around the globe transform their lives so that they can experience abundant joy, no matter what comes their way. Dr. Rao is a TED speaker, author and creator of the pioneering course, Creativity & Personal Mastery.

Buck Mallory
PPP Loan Catch Up And Look Ahead
November 10, 2020 (and 10+ previous sessions)
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During the initial challenges of the stimulus and shutdown regulations, Buck Mallory offered ten sessions on the introduction of stimulus and re-opening regulations. A former Birdhouse member, Thomas H. (“Buck”) Mallory, Jr. is returning to offer a selection of topics on legal issues facing entrepreneurs:
PPP Catch-Up
A review of recent changes in regulations as businesses begin to consider forgiveness.
Wednesday, November 4th, 10aEST 
For more information about the Mallory Law Office: https://mallorylawoffice.com.
Rachel D.K. Finney
The Power of Perspective: Finding the Silver Lining When It’s Raining Cats & Dogs 
October 6, 2020
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Is a set-back, challenge or unexpected loss making it difficult for you or your team to show-up and deliver your very best performance?

Sometimes a set-back is really a remarkable path forward. Here’s your chance to harness the power of perspective and set a new course for success. This is a story about shaping our best possible future by changing the lens through which we view our challenges.

Join Rachel D.K. Finney, 20 year nonprofit executive and CEO of Columbus Humane, for an inspiring look at how she and her team leverage adversity and get the most out of difficult situations by shifting perspectives. Conquer any challenge from catastrophic flooding to lackluster programming with a journey to the bright side.

This session creates an opportunity to consider the “up side of down.” Finney, a self-proclaimed “advantage-ist” teaches the audience to consider the advantages of experiencing hardship and the good that can come from otherwise bad situations. 

A Certified Animal Welfare Administrator with 16 years of experience in animal sheltering, Rachel has degrees in nonprofit management, psychology, political science and sociology from Indiana University. She was recognized as Nonprofit CEO of the Year by Columbus CEO in 2015 and a Columbus Business First “Forty Under 40” in 2013.

Rachel operates under the philosophy that we should “never be afraid to do the right thing.” She shares her home with her husband, 2 children, 3 dogs, 2 cats and 5 fish.

Ariel R. Enisman, Esq.
Asset Protection
Thursday, October 1, 2020
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Ariel Enisman delivers a highly educational, interactive and in-depth presentation on asset protection planning for the business owner. The presentation is done in an easy-to-understand manner that allows the listeners to not only truly grasp the concepts immediately, but enables them to implement the strategies the very next day in their office. The presentation shows business owners how to protect themselves from lawyers, creditors, foreclosure deficiencies, former or current spouses, children, relatives and greedy lawsuit-obsessed citizens. While many people can make money, few know how to protect it.

Key issues include, but are not limited to:

  • Why your business is in danger
  • Due to the economy, why liability insurance is simply not enough anymore
  • How to design an Asset Protection plan for your business
  • The five fatal mistakes to avoid
  • The best Asset Protection tools and how to implement them immediately
  • How to safely and legally protect every asset you own, from everyone, every time
  • Eight keys to a good Asset Protection plan
  • Three maxims of Asset Protection
  • Domestic vs. international Asset Protection
Rosemarie Rossetti
Mentoring Teams to Embrace Change
September 30, 2020
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When faced with challenges, fear can become our greatest business obstacle. It blurs our vision, limits our ambition and dulls our competitive edge. To overcome fear, we must first embrace change. And that starts with a fresh perspective boosted by renewed ambition and confidence. Only then can we develop a strategic action plan along with the drive for personal success. Rosemarie Rossetti motivates audiences to embrace change. And with it the promise of a more rewarding career and life.

Rosemarie Rossetti, Ph.D., is an award-winning professional speaker, author and consultant. For more than 20 years, she has been empowering audiences around the world — from ten to ten-thousand. On June 13, 1998, Rosemarie’s life was transformed when a 3 1/2 ton tree came crashing down on her. Paralyzed from the waist down with a spinal cord injury, she looked deep within herself, finding new strength and new resolve. After that life-changing event, and despite many other challenges, Rosemarie became a model for courage and an incredible example of how to live life with conviction — despite adversity. Through her positive approach and sensitive use of humor, she delivers a powerful message: With courage and resiliency you can move beyond the fear of change toward restored hope and a renewed sense of purpose!

Timmy McCarthy
Ambition, Plan, Achievement — Retention!
August 19, 2020
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Birdhouse member and thoughtful CEO, Timmy McCarthy describes a program designed to retain his field level teammates by helping them design their lives.

Patrick Ungashick
Transferable Value in Action
August 18, 2020
Available only to current Vistage members. Please request password from [email protected]
Chalmers Brothers
Leveraging the Power of Polarities
August 13, 2020
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Improve the quality of decision-making, accelerate and sustain desired organizational improvements. Learn a practical, powerful conversational framework known as the Polarity Map™ to understand the limitations of “either/or” problem-solving when working with many of your most pressing organizational issues. You will acquire the ability to lead new and powerful conversations with your team that will surface key polarities and expand their ability to lead and navigate successfully.
Note: This program is intended to be presented after groups have experienced Chalmers’ Leadership, Conversations and Results program (offered the day before, 8/12). Come to both!

Chalmers Brothers
Leadership, Conversations, Results
August 12, 2020
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Effective leadership and management today is not the same as it was even 10 years ago. Many aspects of our overall business environment and individual workplace environments have certainly changed. With these adjustments come changes in the skills, tools and competencies required for successful leadership. This interactive presentation by Chalmers Brothers offers a powerful and innovative way of understanding the actual actions required for effective leadership, management and relationship-building – especially in times of seemingly constant change.

Dave Collins
Embrace Change and Overcome Uncertainty: Tools and Skills for Everyday Use
August 4, 2020
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Change is inevitable. Successful professionals must navigate unforeseen challenges and opportunities to succeed in their roles. In this workshop, you’ll learn tools to confidently work and lead teams through uncertain and challenging situations in order to adapt to change in creative and unexpected ways. You’ll learn how to use the improvisational idea of “Yes, And” to co-create new processes and practice reacting to new situations with little or no preparation time. Overall, you will learn how to practice “bouncing back” from failure to learn from new and uncomfortable professional situations where some level of imperfection is inevitable.

Michael Carr
The Deming Lens: A New Way to View Your Business 
June 25, 2020


Becca Apfelstadt
Time Management Tweaks: Change your thinking, change your day
June 24, 2020

Alec Broadfoot
Right People in the Right Seats, Now and Post-Crisis 
June 12, 2020

Christie Angel
On Eliminating Racism
June 9, 2020

More About Christie
Christie Angel leads the 132-year-old nonprofit with this mission: YWCA is dedicated to ELIMINATING RACISM, EMPOWERING WOMEN, and PROMOTING PEACE, JUSTICE, FREEDOM and DIGNITY FOR ALL.
Prior to becoming the CEO of YWCA Columbus in 2017, Angel had worked for a government relations and public affairs firm; served on the YWCA board; and served as deputy chief of staff and director of external affairs and services for former Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman.
More on Christie Angel:


Rebecca Heiss
Fear(less), Inclusive Leadership
June 4, 2020
More Resources (From Artie)

John Schuster
The Inner Game That Drives The Outer Game
June 2, 2020

Greg Ubert
Re-Starting Your Mom & Pop
May 20, 2020

More About Greg

Here is information on Greg’s book.

Michael Allosso
You On Your Best Day
May 15, 2020
Available only to current Vistage members. Please request password from [email protected]
Adam Harris
Adapting Your Business To Remote Working, The Opportunity To Thrive
May 5, 2020
Casey Brown
Pricing During Recession And Economic Uncertainty
May 5, 2020
More About Casey

Artie Isaac
Leading in Challenging Times: 5 Strategies You Should Know
April 30, 2020

Angie Hicks
Re-Starting Your Mom & Pop
April 29, 2020

Shannon Lee
The Hula Hoop of Change
April 28, 2020

More About Shannon

Natalie Siston
Energy, Attitude & Leadership: How are YOU Showing Up?
April 23, 2020

Bea Strickland Wray

Business Lessons Harvard Taught Me But My Kids Made Me Learn
April 22, 2020

Jennifer Ciccarelli
Isolation In A Home With Children
April 15, 2020

Gustavo Grodnitzky
Culture, Coronavirus, and RecoveryWhat We Can Learn From Companies That Are Weeks Ahead In Responding To This Pandemic
April 10, 2020
Steve Hammons
Start Me Up: A View Of Beyond The Shutdown
April 8, 2020
Robert Shire, M.D.
Think, Eat, Move: Effective Leadership Principles to Be Healthier, Happier, and Less Stressed
April 6, 2020

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 [email protected]

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 ArtieIsaac.com.