Peter F. Drucker, hailed by Business Week, as “the man who invented management,” influenced countless leaders through his writing, teaching and consulting. The author of 39 books, Drucker’s work inspired leaders and managers across all industries in both the public and private sector.

In this re-airing of The Legacy of Peter Drucker, Dennis McCuistion is joined by guests who knew him well, hired him as their consultant, and highly respected and admired him as a friend and colleague:

  • Zachary First, PhD: Senior Managing Director, The Drucker Institute
  • Bob Buford: Founding chair of the Drucker Institute, author of Drucker & Me, and Halftime, and
  • Myron E. (Mike) Ullman III: CEO of J.C. Penney, (Chair of Federal Reserve Dallas and on the board of Starbucks).

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2126 – 07.20.14

Joining host, Dennis McCuistion, are guests:

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

The work which is being undertaken at the Center for BrainHealth encompasses many facets.

Left to Right: Lori Cook, Sergeant Mike Rials, Jacque Gamino with host, Dennis McCuistion

One of its programs, the SMART program (Strategic Memory Advanced Reasoning Training) has shown tremendous results. The SMART program is a cognitive training program that helps teens understand the big picture, develop reasoning skills and abstract meaning from what they learn and study more efficiently. The program helps students learn better, stress less and expand their ability to reason and use their cognitive skills more effectively.

The program is now in select public schools and is training teachers to carry it forward to more students in more schools.

The Center also works with veterans with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injuries caused by military combat. Through their cognitive processing therapy/ programs and Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (RTMS) processes, the fight or flight syndrome is reduced, veterans back from combat are less hyper vigilant and are better able to adapt to civilian life. Mike Rials gives his personal experience as a returning Marine who until he entered a program for veterans at the Center was jumpy, stressed and very hyper vigilant, constantly looking around for destruction waiting to occur. From not being comfortable and able to be in a room filled with people, he now teaches and helps his fellow veterans recalibrate their minds to civilian life.

He tells us that while there are many programs who help veterans adjust, the Center for Brain Health’s program, which he has personally experienced, is a  proven one and extremely helpful in helping veterans come back into society and achieving a purpose once again.

The Center has some of the longest running programs and studies on brain injury in children. Additional research and programs have shown that children’s brains are not like adults. Since a brain is still developing until 25 years of age, the fact that a child’s brain is still developing puts him in a more vulnerable position. Traumatic brain injuries can affect the learning that is still to occur.

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.

As always we’re talking about things that matter with people who care… Still going strong in our 24th year, without any PBS funding, pledge monies, or government grants.

Thank you because it is your generous support of what we do that keeps us on the air.

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Business/ nonprofit consultant in strategy, leadership and organizational development from customer service to governance.


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Joining us are brain health experts:

  • Sina Aslan, PhD: Imaging Specialist, Center for BrainHealth, UT – Dallas
  • Sandra Chapman, PhD: Chief Director and Founder, Center for BrainHealth, UT – Dallas
  • Eric Bennett, CPA: Executive Director, Brain Performance Institute at the Center for BrainHealth
Left to Right: Sina Aslan, Sandra Chapman and Eric Bennett, with Producer, Niki McCuistion and Host, Dennis McCuistion

We can live to 100 years of age; however, if our brain is not healthy our quality of life suffers in direct proportion. The good news is there is much we can do to assure brain health. The not so good news is that our brain span peaks in middle age (ages 42-48). Memory starts declining after age 20, but it’s the slope of decline that matters. Yet, while our brains are aging and our memory may not be as sharp, a lot can be done to prevent it from slipping as rapidly.

The BrainHealth Center is devoted to studies for keeping our brain healthy, how the brain adapts and its speed of functioning. Their studies show that our brain can change in hours – far faster than our bodies can. With a little effort, we can change our brain for the better by the activities we engage in – just like we exercise  our bodies. We can do this by interviewing, questioning, being curious, reading and synthesizing data, among others. Believe it or not, these activities are better for keeping our brains active and healthy than standard crossword puzzles and anagrams.

Certain things we once thought true are not fact. They may instead be devastating to our brain health. For instance, working 24/7 builds up cortisone. If we overuse our brain there can be a resulting loss in productivity and result in sick days. Multitasking is actually harmful to our health; sequential single tasking works far better.

Our brains are the most powerful tools in the world. Yet we can choose to not use our brain effectively. According to our experts, people who use their brain are happier. With brain physicals, training, and assessments our strategic memory can advance. And while our brain can overcome almost anything, we can improve its ability and health by focusing on what builds the brain. The best advice is still, eat healthy, sleep 8 hours a night, and keep moving – exercise is essential to our brain health.

As always we continue talking about things that matter with people who care… still going strong in our 25 th year, with no PBS funding, pledge monies, or government grants. We appreciate your continued support.

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organizational development from customer service to governance.

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

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Think tanks are organizations that perform research and engage in advocacy for social policy, political strategy, economics, technology and cultural issues. A think tank’s purpose is to develop public policy decisions from an objective, long-term perspective. Most think tanks have an underlying policy that impacts their public policy decisions.

Left to Right: Dennis McCuistion, Niki McCuistion & John Allison

Joining host Dennis McCuistion to talk about think tanks and how they determine their focus, philosophy and rational thinking is John Allison, Chairman of the Executive Advisory Council, of the Cato Institute’s Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives, immediate past president of Cato and former CEO of BB&T.

Cato Institute’s mission is to create a free and prosperous society based on the principles of individual liberty, free markets, limited government and peace. Mr. Allison says, “We believe government should stay out of your pocketbook as well as your bedroom. It [government] has an important purpose but it’s very limited, to protect individual rights.”

During this episode on think tanks, he tells us Cato is a modern day advocate of the principles that made this country great: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

He goes on to say:

“Our founding fathers talked about limited government. Their great concern was that government would expand and interfere in the lives of the people. If people want government interference it’s usually because they want a benefit. When government gets involved they control, that makes them dangerous. When people do things voluntarily we have better outcomes.

Communities solve problems voluntarily. Government is never voluntary. When you use force you get bad outcomes. Yes, we need police, courts, military for defense purposes but individuals working in their own best interests have better solutions.

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There is an important role for charity in the US, but social welfare has destroyed families. When you teach people to be dependent, they lose part of their soul. Economic freedom raises everyone. We believe in a free society.”

He believes, human beings have a capacity to be free. “You have to pursue your truths, be innovative and creative to pursue your personal happiness and you have to be able to set goals for yourself.”

Join us during this episode on think tanks for a thought provoking philosophical discussion on liberty, economic freedom and the innovation that allows for creativity and which made and still makes America great.

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2216 – 07.12.15
The future of oil is the focus of this week’s episode on the McCuistion Program. As recent as 2005, oil experts claimed we had an oil crisis, oil had peaked and we would soon be running out of oil.
Joining host, Dennis McCuistion, are energy and oil experts:

  • Bruce Cutright: Research Scientist Association, Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas at Austin
  • Edward W. Blessing: Managing Director of Blessing Petroleum
  • Jacki Pick: Executive VP/COO National Center for Policy Analysis and Host of the Jacki Daily Show

Commenting through previously taped programs are:

  • David Yergin: Author of The Quest
  • Charles D. Davidson, Chairman/ CEO of Noble Energy

Our experts tell us that while we would need a crystal ball to predict the future of oil, oil is here to stay, it has a future, and there is, at least for the present, no substitute.

What we do know is there is at least four times an availability of oil reserves than what has been used in the past. The Artic is just recently in development. There are huge developments in offshore Brazil producing oil from formations 30,000 feet deep. New formations are being found off shore in West Africa, and we have the same availabilities off shore in the eastern part of the United States.

Left to Right: Bruce Cutright, Jacki Pick & Edward W. Blessing

According to Bruce Cutright, “Political issues are limiting our reserves. It’s not the reserves themselves that are limited.” Drilling off shore is more productive and profitable in the long term and our resources are unquantified for the present time.

Political issues are in fact restricting exploration. Pipelines pose yet another political challenge. While pipelines are the safest way of transporting oil, reducing accidents by 50% and are more environmentally friendly than other transportation, some environmentalists balk at adding to our already 2 million miles plus of existing pipeline.

New technologies are increasing our abilities to explore and drill for oil. Today we have a 100 year supply of natural gas; tremendous assets are right under our feet. Yet obtaining funds for exploration and drilling is problematic when oil prices are down as they are presently. Energy security is critical. And we’re forming stronger partnerships with Mexico and Canada.

The bottom line is energy is a life/death situation. We must have reliable and affordable energy. And there is no present substitute for fossil fuel.

The future looks rosy if….! We have reserves and we have the technology. But it is critical that politics and economics catch up with our capabilities.

Join us for a colorful discussion of the future of oil and how it impacts you.

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2221 – 07.05.2015

Oil history has seen changes since 1990. Join us for part two in a three part series

Since the mid 1880’s “experts” have warned we are running out of oil. With  peak oil  always right around the corner, the U.S. government, from time to time  has imposed strict restrictions on exporting.

Joining host, Dennis McCuistion, to talk about oil history and the saga from 1990-2015 are guests:

  • Barry F. Crossman: Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas at Dallas, former Senior Executive at Caltex (retired).
  • Edward W. Blessing: Managing Director, Blessing Petroleum.

Left to Right: Barry F. Crossman and Edward W. Blessing

According to Jeffrey J. Brown, independent petroleum geologist, who joined  in via a previously taped program, Texas supposedly peaked in 1972 with Texas oil production steadily falling for the last 33 years.

Yet Scott Nauman, formerly with the Economics & Energy Division, Corporate Planning Department, Exxon Mobil Corporation, who also joins us from a previous program, says everything related to oil production has changed as a result of technology.

Our experts tell us that technology has taught us that each time we estimate the world’s recoverable resources, they are even bigger than originally thought. Today we can drill oil from 4,000 feet of water (West Africa) and drill wells that go underground horizontally six miles and find their target.

Technology also includes fracking, which forces fluids down under the shale and helps release natural gasses. Yet fracking is much maligned. According to Edward W. Blessing, more of the risk may actually be above ground from politics, government intervention and wars. He asks: “What made fracking a dirty word?”

Daniel Yergin, author of The Quest, who joins us by video from a prior program, says that growth in demand is especially critical to the future of oil. Emerging countries demand and use more oil and this is one of the reasons for “oil anxiety”. In the last 9 months, decreasing oil prices per barrel make financing more difficult. Still, as we hear from Barry Crossman, the resource is there to use at a future time when prices go up.

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We hear from the late Matt Simmons, author of Twilight in the Desert, Amory Lovins, Chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute and Ed Wallace, Host of KLIF’s Wheels about the continuing oil saga, our competition, Russia and Iran and the changes and dangers they throw into the mix.

The conclusion, we have the resources which give us and will continue to give us new capacities. Join us for a colorful story and intriguing insights on oil and its impact on how we live.

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2220 – 06.28.15

History of Oil: Part One in a Three Part Series
Left to Right: David Drumm, Bruce Cutright & Barry F. Crossman

Joining host, Dennis McCuistion, to talk about our rich history of oil and how it has changed how we live, are key experts on this topic:

  • David G. Drumm: Oil and Gas Attorney, Carrington, Coleman, Sloman, & Blumenthal, L.L.P and Chairman of the Board of the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation,
  • Barry F. Crossman: Adjunct Professor of International Business, University of Texas at Dallas, Senior Executive with Caltex ( retired), and
  • Bruce Cutright: Research Scientist Associate at the Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas at Austin

For most of the 19th and 20th century, the U.S. was the largest oil producer in the world in an industry fraught from the very beginning with booms and busts as well as tremendous investment opportunity and technological advances. The history of oil began with the oil discovery in the U.S. is first credited to the Oil Creek site near Titusville, Pennsylvania in 1859, named after “Colonel” Edwin Drake, the man responsible for the well. The Drake Well began an international search for petroleum, and attracted the first investments in oil drilling, refining and marketing.

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By 1906 there were over 1500 oil companies in the U.S. Today only four to five still exist. In 1926 the U.S. was producing 70% of the oil in the world. In 1950 the world was consuming 10.4 million barrels a day, with the U.S. producing 5.4 million barrels of that. In 1970 the world was producing 44.9 million barrels a day with the U.S. producing 9.6 million barrels. In 1990 the world was producing 60.6 million barrels a day with the U.S. down to 7.4 million barrels.

Audience Guests: Nancy Crossman and Anna Clark

Our experts on the history of oil take us from Baku, Azerbaijan in 1846 to Spindletop, Texas in 1901, the formation of OPEC in 1960, the 1973 and 1979 gas lines and the collapse of oil prices in 1986, until today and the current oil price challenges and major transformations in the industry. Today, technology allows us to take our proven reserves and increase it by a factor of ten.

Guests discussing the history of oil from previously taped programs include:

  • Dr. Rilwanu Lukman: Former Secretary General, Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, who says, OPEC is not a true cartel; and
  • Daniel Yergin: Author of The Quest, who tells us that as early as the mid 1880’s people were concerned we were running out of oil.

Join us for a rich perspective (no pun intended) on the colorful history of oil.

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2219 -06.21.15

In September of 2005,  Jyllands-Posten, published 12 cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad; which brought on riots and deaths. Many accused him of deliberate incitement and blasphemy.

Left to Right: Niki McCuistion, Flemming Rose and Dennis McCuistion

Flemming Rose, Foreign Editor of Jyllands-Posten; author of Tyranny of Silence; joins us to talk about, how one cartoon ignited the global debate on the issue of free speech.According to Rose, the decision to publish the cartoons was as a result of a debate on censorship which involved museums, publishing houses and newspapers. It started when a children’s writer was writing a book about the life of the Prophet Muhammad and needed illustrations.

Three illustrators refused to do so, one accepted, but wanted anonymity. This started a debate in Denmark about  encouraging self- censorship when it comes to Islam. Rose says, “We discovered that, yes, there is self- censorship and the fear is great. People are killed over this in the public debate of blasphemy and art. We decided to approach others to draw cartoons of the Prophet to find out if there is censorship or not”.

Rose invited members of Denmark’s Cartoonist Society to participate; half did. He was quoted as saying,

“Modern secular society is rejected by some Muslims. They demand a special position insisting on certain considerations of their religious feelings. It’s incompatible with contemporary democracy and freedom of speech; where we must be ready to put up with insult and mockery and sometimes ridicule. It’s certainly not always attractive and nice to look at.

It does not mean that religious feeling should be made fun of at any price but that this is a matter of importance in the present context. We’re on our way to a slippery slope where no one can tell how self -censorship will end. That is why our newspaper  invited members of the Danish Cartoonists Society to draw Muhammad as they see him.”

The cartoons were published; and it was a non-event. Several months later things exploded. Huge demonstrations and violence erupted  in the Middle East. In Denmark a lot of Danish Muslims demanded an apology. Rose says,

“A group of Imams, acting on their own,  presented themselves as spokespeople for all the Danish Muslims. When they couldn’t get a law passed criminalizing what was published, they took us to court but couldn’t get it refuted. They could not get an apology or a new blasphemy law. So they lost the case in Denmark and then took it to Imams in the Middle East, Egypt, Syria  and Lebanon, to raise opinions in the Muslim world, and they succeeded.”

The cartoons became a lightning rod. Rose says, “I cannot exercise my profession without freedom of the Press. My safety? I will always have a security problem for the rest of my life. I’m in the top 10 Al Qaida hit list. The Danish producer was killed so now there are 9 of us”.

Rose travels debating these issues and has arrived at the conclusion that this is a global issue and a growing problem. He wrote his book Tyranny of Silence, to explain his decisions and offer a perspective on free speech and censorship.

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He is deeply concerned as it relates to censorship,

“We are moving in the wrong direction. Here in the U.S. you have the 1st amendment which is the best protection in the world on freedom of expression. But, you are becoming more and more isolated. When it comes to protection of freedom of speech in law, in other parts of the world there are more laws criminalizing more and more freedoms of speech … People are limiting themselves because they are afraid of saying the wrong things that might be perceived as offensive by other people.

The more diverse we are as a society, the ways people will express themselves are more diverse. We need more freedom of speech not less… What has changed the world is our communication technology, the digital technology. Everything is published all over the place. You don’t have borders and at the same time you have migration. People are moving across borders in numbers never seen before in the history of mankind.

And these two factors frame the debate about free speech. So the issue is how are we going to safeguard free speech in societies that are getting more and more diverse when it comes to culture, ethnicity and religion?”

Rose is not alone in thinking freedom of speech is in danger. Tune into this sensitive topic to see how freedoms are being eroded and the danger that poses to us all.

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2218 – 05.24.15

Join us as we discuss free market and economic progress.

In 2011, then to be Senator Elizabeth Warren made a speech that has since been made famous by President Obama, that said the help and infrastructure of most of this country was built by government.

Left to Right: W. Michael Cox, PhD, Peter Goettler

Warren said: “there is nobody in this country who got rich on their own. You move your goods to market on roads the rest of us paid for. You hire workers the rest of us pay to educate. You are safe in your factory, because of the police and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You don’t have to worry that your factory will be seized by marauders, because of the work the rest of us did. Part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and you pay it forward for the next person that comes along.”

Join us for a very spirited discussion between host, Dennis McCuistion, and our guests who question her premise:

Dr. Cox says this is erroneous in several ways: “7% of America’s infrastructure which is used on a daily basis is not supplied by government. It comes from private organizations that have a profit objective”.

“Warren left out all of the private sector capital that people use. She mentions school transportation, roads used at other people’s expense etc. She didn’t mention that you use electricity, utilities, internet around the globe, computers, software, apps, cell phones, oil pipelines that come  from private sector companies that mine and refine them, and all of the rest of the things that are built by private citizens. She just focused on the few public sector things”.

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Peter Goettler argues, “We shouldn’t be subsidizing ANY business. If it’s doing well it doesn’t need subsidies, if not it fails. The whole thing is incestuous. Capital markets are supposed to be competitive. As government becomes more involved in having a role in markets people are waiting for the Feds to do something”.

Cato, a public policy research group and libertarian think tank, promotes the moral and philosophical case for liberty, the cornerstone values of free markets, limited government and individual liberty and peace. He adds, “The vast majority of the resources to build a factory are actually provided by the private sector. Some things, yes, are provided by government and that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily well run. Education for instance”.

Dr. Cox agrees, “No amount of water will fill up the drain when the stopper is out and that’s what government is doing with our money”.

All believe solutions must begin at the Constitutional level. Congress should not be bailing out or subsidizing business.

McCuistion stirs up the debate when he says, “you can’t blame people for taking the money if it’s there.” Cox says, “of course I can. You make the laws that prohibit it”.

McCuistion asks we consider that there are ideologies involved without a doubt, but it’s the facts that really matter. This rousing segment on free market and economic progress is one you definitely do not want to miss.

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If you’ve ever wondered why it’s so  easy to talk to some people; why you have an instant rapport with some and not others the answer might be you’re  not communicating  with people on their wavelength. According to Tony Alessandra, PhD, CSP, CPAE and author of The Platinum Rule , we too often treat people according to the Golden Rule:  “do unto others the way you’d have them do unto you”. A solid maxim, yet one that often backfires. We are not all the same, nor do we want the same things. Thus, Tony’s Platinum Rule, “do unto others as they would like to be done unto,” reframes communication.\\


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Join us to learn more about communication skills, how we are similar and different, and how we can use the Platinum Rule to build relationships, personally and professionally.

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Niki Nicastro McCuistion, CSP
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Speaker, Consultant in Strategy, Leadership and Governance