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 Balance Between Craftsmanship and Art

The artist must understand how to weight craftsmanship against art. Craftsmanship is necessary, but not sufficient. Art without craftsmanship is undisciplined,…

On Leadership and the Danger of “Doing it all”

The number one lie that talented young leaders tell themselves is this, “I can do it all.” This lie is insidious because, on face value, it seems so true and yet…

On Leadership and the Difference Between Form and Substance

The leader must beware of a person who confuses form with substance, such people reduce the world to “templates”, and in doing so they judge the contents by the…

On Philosophy and Satisfaction as the End

I wonder how many philosophers found satisfaction while pursuing their quest. Most of these, if not all of these, were grasping for something. Their writing had…

On Leadership and Expectations

The leader must beware of expectations. Expectation is a chain that you put around your neck. Be careful that you don’t let anyone else put it there without…

On Leadership and Ultimate Motivation

Which one of these leader’s life aims is most powerful? 1) The one who finds pleasure in her own interests, then acknowledges so and pursues it. 2) The one who…

On Leadership and the Appearance of Humility

Leaders sometimes reduce humility to a series of humble actions (“humble techniques”).  These efforts do not represent authentic humility. They often represent…

On the Complex Being of “I”

Elsewhere I have questioned the nature of “I” when predicated with “I am”. I have asked whether or not “I” is a plural, a compound, or a set. The reasons that…

On Combining Simplicity with Complexity

The best strategy is a "complication" of simplicity and complexity. Simplicity of vision is different than complexity of execution. This calls for a shift in…

On Leadership and Cutting Through Self-deception

It may be possible to for one to cut through self-deception and understand themselves better, it may be easier for one to determine their life’s aim, by posing a…

On the Power of Influence

The universe is a construct of influence. It is the influence of stars and planets that create a solar system. It is the influence of protons, neutrons, and…

On Leadership and Achieving the Extraordinary

In leadership, you get what you settle for… The leader must beware of settling for the "mere extraordinary". In today's rapidly evolving world, yesterday's…

On Leadership and the Currency of Influence

Trust is the currency of influence. Too often, we try to achieve influence by impressing people, when in truth, authentic influence is achieved by building…

On Leadership and the Artful Communicator

At the essence of leadership is communication. The artful communicator must be an artful translator. The most difficult work in translation is not translating…

On Leadership and the Danger of Reports

A leader must beware of reports. Reports can serve the same role as an Aspirin: they mask a problem, they provide a false sense of comfort, and they offer no…