Below is a collection of Dr. McGlaughlin's most recent observations (500+). Most of these observations are made throughout the course of everyday life, captured by dictation, and added to FlintsNotes.com. You can read more about the observation capture process here. The content here changes 5 days a week, so be sure to check back often. Also, feel free to leave a comment in the comments section of each observation.

On the Key to Staying Focused

Someone asked me recently, “how do you stay focused and consistent when you have to do the same task over and over again?” My answer was this: “I never do the…

On Leadership and the Artful Use of the Three Tenses

The leader must manage the present tense in view of the past and the future. Never let the present tense distort your perspective. This is especially true of…

On the Power of Seeming

Words matter. Small words seem to matter more. One word seems to matter most: hope. The will to live is inextricably intertwined with the power to hope (Camu…

On the Danger of Data without Context ​

Mistakes made with data rarely have to do with the math. Data plus data equals more data; data plus context (pattern recognition) equals wisdom. Data without…

On Motivation and Doing what You Need to Do

Each leader has to do what they need to do, but people often fall into two categories: those who do what they need to do, in order to do what they want to do,…

On Leadership and the Power of Will

Some leaders are bound to change the world, regardless of the tool they use. If you give this man a hammer, he will reshape the world with it; if you give him a…

On the Pseudo-Certainty of Science

I find the bias in science to be even more disappointing than the bias in religion. More to the point, I find the sense of certainty with which some scientists…

On Leadership and the Importance of Honest Dialogue

Leaders tend to use relationships to achieve meaningful KPIs, but relationships are not built around KPIs, they are built around honest dialogue. KPIs are useful…

On the Balance between Craftsmanship and Genius

Great art is not made by the artist, it only escapes from the artist. The moment you try to construct the parts and the multi-layered magic that makes art, it…

On the Molecular Unit of Communication

The molecular unit of optimization is the sentence. Every single principle associated with optimizing any form of marketing can be understood, perhaps best…

On Leadership and the Paradox of Excess

The leader must learn to appreciate beauty as the defining standard in the form and substance of the organization. Beauty is lavish, but never wasteful. Art…

On Leadership and the Four-Part Framework of Mentoring

The leader who embraces a teaching model focuses on building people, then, the people build the company. As you approach this mentoring activity, it is important…

On Leadership and the Scarcest Constraint of Time

Much has been written on the importance of time, but as time passes the leader become more cognizant that time is our scarcest constraint. The most important…

On Developing a Personal View

As you structure a lens within which to survive the sea of uncertainty, it is good to remember that the ultimate context seems to be a paradoxical tension of…

On Leadership and the Difference Between View and Perspective

It is useful for a leader to understand or draw the distinction between the term “view” and the term “perspective.” When I was a young man, I had a (flawed) view…