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 Coping with the Negative

The first law life is that the negative prevails (entropy). The art of living is expressed in the ability to emphasize the positive within the context of an ever…

On Treating Each Day as an Gift

When we reflect upon the beauty and the terror of existence, we may consider each day as a unit of opportunity. A day should never "pass," so to speak, because…

On Leadership and Managing the Unknown

The artful leader is distinguished by a single nuanced attribute. The artful leader is not surprised by surprises. He engineers a system for anticipating the…

On the Relationship Between the Grand and the Grind

Sometimes the “grand” is disguised within the “grind.” Some leaders look for those dramatic movements that indicate progress, when in fact, it is the integrated…

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…