While crony capitalism has given capitalism a bad name, capitalism itself is the greatest wealth provider ever known.

Conscious capitalism has an even higher purpose, that of inspiring stakeholders with a sense of passion and purpose, a dedication to the organization’s mission and an authenticity that leads to empowered, engaged employees, and loyal customers, which in turn creates even more profit and value.

  • Left to Right: Raj Sisodia, Dennis McCuistion, Scott Miller, Niki McCuistion & Whitney Johns Martin

    Left to Right: Raj Sisodia, Niki McCuistion, Scott Miller, Dennis McCuistion & Whitney Johns Martin

    Raj Sisodia PhD – Co-Founder and Trustee of Conscious Capitalism, Inc., Co-Author of Conscious Capitalism and Firms of Endearment

  • Whitney Johns Martin – Co-Founder/ Managing Director of Texas Women’s Ventures
  • Scott Miller – President of Interstate Batteries

Short interviews are also included with Jack Lowe, retired CEO of TD Industries and Conscious Capitalism co-founder John Mackey of Whole Foods. Mackey says, “Business is the greatest value creator in the world. Everyone has the potential for a higher purpose. We value our employees, customers, vendors and the community and follow the four tenets of conscious capitalism.”

Whitney Johns Martin works with companies and investors who believe in the values of conscious capitalism and want to invest in companies that follow its precepts. Scott Miller of Interstate Batteries, which is now in its 62nd year, assures the principles are followed within their own company. A purpose driven conscious company, they do business by the Golden Rule and firmly believe in the tenets of conscious capitalism.

Kip Tindell and Melissa Reiff of the Container Store, which is consistently ranked in Fortune 500’s best companies to work for, and who join us via a prior interview, state, “We focus on employees first. We feel a moral obligation to make sure they get out of bed in the morning and enjoy their work and are committed to it.”

untitled-0275Raj Sisodia says, conscious capitalism is about building alignments; conscious leaders who inspire a passion for the organization’s mission and purpose and build a culture of trust, love and caring, loyalty, integrity, transparency and empowerment. “Those companies that get this make more profit and keep employees, as well as customers, loyal.”

Tune in to learn more of how the tenets of conscious capitalism can be applied in your own workplace – to build performance and profitability and keep employees excited about their work contribution.

Niki Nicastro McCuistion, CSP
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In response to the greed associated by many to  “capitalism at all costs”, Whole Foods Market co-founder, John Mackey, and professor and Conscious Capitalism, Inc. co-founder, Raj Sisodia, argue for the inherent good of both business and capitalism. They make a sound argument for a new way of doing business that is more ethically conscious and humane.

Joining host Dennis McCuistion are:

  • Raj Sisodia, PhD – Co-founder of Conscious Capitalism, Inc., and the co-author of Firms of Endearment and Conscious Capitalism
  • Doug Levy – Conscious capitalism “practitioner”, Founder and CEO of MePlusYou
  • Rand Stagen – Conscious capitalism “practitioner”, Managing Partner at the Stagen Leadership Academy
Left to Right: Doug Levy, Dennis McCuistion, Rand Stagen, Niki McCuistion, and Raj Sisodia

Their book features some of the best companies to work for in the United States including: The Container Store, Google, Southwest Airlines, among others who practice the tenets of conscious capitalism. Dr. Sisodia was in Dallas for a University of Texas Dallas: Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance (IECG) conference. He shared how conscious capitalism works to create value for all stakeholders: employees, customers, suppliers, investors, society, and the environment and why aspiring leaders and businesses need to build on this path of transformation-for the good of both business and society as a whole. Doug Levy and Rand Stagen, active participants in what is gaining traction as the Conscious Capitalism movement, discuss how they apply the tenets of conscious capitalism in their own business and in working with their clients. They use the four tenets of conscious capitalism:

  1. Higher purpose
  2. Stakeholder integration
  3. Conscious leadership
  4. Conscious culture and management

Doug Levy, Rand Stagen and their colleagues have built strong businesses that advance capitalism further toward realizing its highest potential – for the good of both business and society as a whole. As our guests tell us:

“Business can do more than just make money. Business needs to be conducted with a higher consciousness to create value, financial, emotional, physical, ecological, spiritual as well as cultural and intellectual win wins. Business is good because it creates value. It is ethical because it is based on voluntary exchange. It is noble because it can elevate our existence, and it is heroic because it lifts people out of poverty.”

As a result of business in the last century not only are we healthier, eating better, more educated and living longer, but we are also using work to make a difference… More and more CEO’s and employees are asking “How can I bring my full self to my job? How can I do well and do good?”

Join us to learn from business people who are changing the face of business and building great places to work in.

Niki Nicastro McCuistion, CSP
Executive Producer/ Producer
Management Analyst, Speaker, Consultant
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2115 – 12.29.2013

Innovative research on brain health makes an incredible difference in lives. In the second part of a two part series, experts talk about brain health.  During this episode, Dennis McCuistion is joined by three experts:

  • Lori Cook, PhD, CCC-SLP: Head of Pediatric Brain Injury Programs, Center for BrainHealth, University of Texas- Dallas
  • Jacque Gamino, PhD: Director, BrainHealth Teen Reasoning Initiative
  • Sergeant Mike Rials: Brain Performance Institute, Warrior Training Team, Purple Heat Recipient

Join us as we talk about brain health and the innovative research that makes a critical difference in many lives. Its insights might impact you or a loved one.

To read more about this episode visit the original blog post here: Make Your Brain Smarter – Part Two.

Brain health plays an important role in life satisfaction and overall health and success. Thankfully, there are ways to improve your brain health! In this episode the McCuistion program is joined by these brain health experts.

Brain Health Experts

  • Sina Aslan, PhD: Imaging Specialist, Center for Brain Health, UT – Dallas
  • Sandra Chapman, PhD: Chief Director and Founder, Center for Brain Health, UT – Dallas
  • Eric Bennett, CPA: Executive Director, Brain Performance Institute at the Center for Brain Health

To learn more about this episode, visit the original blog: Make Your Brain Smarter – Part One or watch the episode below.

Sonja Ezell and Hank Moore join Dennis McCuistion for Sunday’s episode addressing the impact of television on the children of today.  Sonja Ezell is a reading specialist at Dallas Independent School District. Hank Moore is a corporate strategist and the author of The Business Tree and The Classic Television Reference.

Join our experts as we look into statistics and information regarding this important issue affecting our society today. For more details about this episode, visit the original blog post by clicking this link: TV and Its Impact on Society and Our Kids.

As always, we are talking about things that matter… with people who care.

Corporate ethics has been a hot topic among many political, business and financial leaders over the last few years. However, is it possible to be a corporation and ethical? This episode asks exactly that. Bringing together a strong panel of leaders, host, Dennis McCuisiton is joined by:

Join us as we listen in on this topic that directly or indirectly, affects us all.

Talking about things that matter… with people who care.

Flash Foresight: Seven Radical Principles that Will Change Your Life aired this weekend. Our special guest panelist Daniel Burrus joins the McCuistion Program to continue part two of this two part series and talks about how to see invisible opportunities and solutions to seemingly impossible problems.

Some of the key points from his book, Flash Foresight: How To See the Invisible And Do The Impossible, include:

  • The key to doing something that seems impossible is to see invisible solutions.
  • Take your biggest problems and skip them. You’ll often find that if there is a recurring problem, that isn’t the real problem you have to solve.
  • Opposites work better.
  • Anticipate by solving tomorrow’s problems before they happen.
  • Direct your future or someone else will. Take charge of it.

Daniel Burrus is considered, one of the top three gurus in the country on the future. In the 90’s he wrote the best seller Technotrends and many of his key points have become fact.

You can view part one by following this link: Flash Foresight – Part One.

Tune in and hear more of these incredible insights, as we talk about things that matter with people who care…

Dan Burrus, one of the top three futurists in the country, author of Flash Foresight: How To See the Invisible And Do The Impossible, asks, “wouldn’t it be amazing if you could predict the future and be right?”

He claims you can… if we leave out the parts we could be wrong about! According to Burrus, “the amazing thing is, when you know where to look, there’s more than enough you can be right about to make all the difference”. As he reminds us- flash foresight has gone from useful to being an imperative, in a world were technology and innovation is ever  more complex and almost beyond our ability to accurately comprehend.

His rapid fire, engaging dialogue and common sense solutions to many of the quirks of life and business challenges we all share will leave you saying, “Now why didn’t I think of that?”

For more information from the original airing date, visit Flash Foresight.

TED is taking over the world!

TED, which stands for, Technology, Entertainment and Design has changed how we view the world. TED talks are watched globally – with an average of 17 new

Left to Right: Dennis McCuistion, Jeremy Gregg, Heather Hankamer, Niki McCuistion and Jim Young

page views per minute. In the fall of 2012 TED celebrated its one billionth video views. Today over 1,700 talks are available online. TED has become so popular that more and more, presenters  are emulating and using the TED model in their own presentations.

Started in 1984, as the idea of Richard Saul Wurman, the topics revolve around technology, entertainment and design. The concept  didn’t work as planned and it was some six years later before its founders resurrected it. This time, people were ready and the then invitation-only event attracted influential and curious audiences. Today TED is no longer just an invitation-only event; it’s become for many a key intellectual and emotional highlight of the year. TED has grown to include TEDActive, TED-Ed, the TED Radio Hour, and TEDx.

Joining McCuistion are seasoned TED folks:

Jim Young: TEDxSMU Steering Committee. We first heard of TED Talks from Jim Young, a seasoned TEDSTER.

Jim is passionate about TED and the stories and ideas it inspires. He gives us the inside story of how TED, Technology, Entertainment and Design started in 1984 as a fantasy dinner party centered on these 3 areas, with some friends talking and some listening. It grew from a simple, local concept to a global, complex one. From its initial start, 6 years later attendees paid $475 to attend. Today TED attendees eagerly pay 20 times that amount.

Heather Hankamer: Director of TEDxSMU and TEDxSMU Kids and
Jeremy Gregg: Chief Development Officer, Prison Entrepreneurship Program.
 Jeremy’s 2012,  thought provoking TEDxSMU (Southern Methodist University) raised the interest in the more than 7 million people incarcerated in our jails. He stated that a child who has a parent in prison increases their own odds of going to prison by 70%. Financially the burden costs us $74 billion in corrections. It got participants  attention.
Left to Right: Jeremy Gregg & Jim Young
Heather talks about TEDxSMU and the TEDx phenomenon,

“a radical opening up of the TED format to local, independently organized events”.

On any given day there are 7-8 TEDx events somewhere in the world. Heather is particularly passionate about TEDx Kids which is gaining in popularity. Kids get to hear from adult TED speakers who value the audience and do not dumb down the content.

Tune in and learn more about how TED has influenced how we view the world and our fellow global citizens.

Thanks for watching as we talk about things that matter- with people like you- who really care.

Niki Nicastro McCuistion
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Free press is an American right, granted by the First Amendment… “Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of free speech, or of the Press…” In fact, the First Amendment has been interpreted by the Supreme Court as applying to the entire federal government (even though it is only expressly applicable to Congress). Since its origin the core purpose of the American press is that of “bulwark of liberty”, and as watchdog for the public interests, guarding against the very abuses of power it is being subjected to by the current administration. It is dangerous enough that the press is increasingly limited by economic and other challenges, but to put its voice further in jeopardy is disturbing.

The Society of Professional Journalists and several other journalism groups believe our government is guilty of “politically driven suppression of the news”. Where there is power, there is also a need for accountability and the public’s right to know cannot be deliberately eroded.

We discussed this issue on the Freedom of Information Act TV program recently and how the Press is continually challenged when it needs timely information in order to do its work. Shawn Paul Wood, a Dallas blogger, says, “Some argue that controlling media access is needed to ensure information going out is correct. But when journalists cannot interview agency staff, or can only do so under surveillance, it undermines public understanding of, and trust in, government. This is not a “press vs. government” issue. This is about fostering a strong democracy where people have the information they need to self-govern and trust in its governmental institutions”.

Read the rest of Paul’s thought provoking blog found here: Journalism Groups to President Obama: ‘Let Us Do Our Jobs!’ by Shawn Paul Wood.

Thank you Paul.

Niki Nicastro McCuistion
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