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 Life and the Sweet Bitter

When one has lived long enough and yet somehow maintained a grateful heart in the midst of the human condition, life itself may be thought of as bittersweet.…

On Communication as Playful Existence

I am intrigued by the notion of "communication play." I somehow sense that communication itself represents essence in existence, that communication is a form of…

On Oscillating Between Creativity and Intention

The more intentional you are about what you need to say, the harder it is to say it well. Creativity is often stifled by intention. To maintain craftsmanship and…

On Moderating Balance with Extremes

Exaggeration is at the heart of artful choice. There are some decisions you cannot make until you have gone too far (at least conceptually). It occurs in design.…

On Influence as a Means

I have often said that a leader should lead with influence as opposed to authority. However, it is important to remember that the ultimate goal is not to build…

On Consciousness as the Knowing of My “Knowing”

Somehow my (self)consciousness seems as though it is more than a unity of subject and object. When I dream (or when I am on the edge of sleep), my thoughts are…

On Mistaking Patent Inability for Profound Expression

Do not mistake arrogance for confidence. This leads to a plethora of horrific artistic expression. A person without confidence tends to be one of two extremes:…

On Leaders and the Danger of Focusing on the Particular

Effective leaders have a distinct ability to view the panorama and not just the particular. Indeed, they use the particular to better understand the…

On Achieving a False Equilibrium

As human beings we are by nature challenged with internal conflict. This conflict manifests itself in multiple forms, but perhaps the most essential is our…

On the Ability to Transcend Selflessly

Consciousness of transcendence often keeps one from transcending. The conscious focus on the effort keeps one from transcending the effort. I have noticed that…

On Selfishness as the Primary Driver of Sales Velocity

The primary value proposition is necessary but not sufficient. Beginning with the primary expression, the marketer must craft a particular expression around the…

On the Need for Strategy to Be Embodied in a Person

I don’t want my team to focus on strategy; I want them to focus on becoming strategists. Strategy is stilted. The field has been relegated to a specialist’s…

On Learning from a Flash of Pain

Sometimes, in a flash of pain, I am able to experience life with some form of direct insight. It is (thankfully) a fleeting glimpse of reality. The stark truth,…

On Confusing a Decision with an Answer

Some of us are seekers. Our passion, our hunger for truth, is intense. But, we must be careful or we will create an intellectual trap we cannot escape. One of…

On the Two Dyads at the Heart of Value Exchange

When expressed as a noun, the offer feels too static. The offer is action, and the action is communication. The efficacy of this speech act is determined by two…