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 Leadership and Difference Between Solving Problems and Building People

Some leaders use their team to solve problems, but artful leaders use problems to build their team. Solving a problem is event-focused; building is…

On Leadership and the Importance of “No”

One of the primary jobs of the leader is to say “no,” and mostly to themselves. We trap ourselves with seemingly harmless commitments. Beware of parallel energy…

On the Danger of Technology Outpacing Humanity’s Development

Technology is maturing at a rate faster than mankind. This leads to extreme danger. The phenomenon is like a six-year-old who discovers how to build a gun. We…

On Philosophy and Possibility

If my philosophy is grounded in the nature of uncertainty, then my spirituality is grounded in a doctrine of possibility. Hope by its very nature is the…

On Leadership and Mere Virtue

The artful leader must beware of trying to create a perfect set of organizational values. All calls to virtue are merely delineating lines of a greater (more…

On Leadership and Focusing on the Inside Edges of Technology’s Reach

It is a mistake for most leaders to focus their energy on the outer edge of technology’s reach. In a connected world, there is rarely a new thought. The…

On Leadership and Moving from the Internal towards the External

The artful leader operates “From within,” not “For without.” In the midst of a challenge, some leaders draw their sense of peace, their center, from effective…

On Confusing Great Content with Great Writing

Never confuse a great writer with great content. Don’t confuse celebrity and sainthood. They’re not the same in any field.  

On the Difference Between Reasons and Causes

There’s a difference in the cognitive zone between the reason and the cause.  All causes are reasons, but not all reasons are causes. Now anyone can argue by…

On the Difference Between Simplicity and Ease

The leader must be aware of the difference between simple and easy: Easy relates to a process with a low coefficient of friction. Simple means ‘easily…

On the Leader Providing an Empowering Framework

The leader has essential task that is often neglected in management literature. She does more than inspire a mission; she develops a model (framework). This…

On Leadership and the Ultimate Power of Beauty

The virtues of character are synonymous with the attributes of beauty. Art is most compelling when it is “authentic.” Poetry is most rich when it is “honest.”…

On Leadership and the Connection between Ideals and Ideas

The leader must carefully understand the connection between ideas and ideals. Your richest ideas will be intrinsically motivated by your most important ideals.…

On Leadership and Moving Out of The Center

Leaders must discipline the force of their influence. I’d like to influence lives in a good way, but I don’t want to be too central to anyone’s thinking. Life…

On Art and the Transcendence of Meaning

The great musicians rise above the music; they transcend it. They transcend the meaning and they transcend the melody, but those technically proficient…