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 Decline of the Well Written Letter

It occurs to me that letter writing, which achieved rare form in recent centuries, has been on a steady decline. The advent of technology has increased our…

On the Illusion of the Past

The older I grow, the less certain I am in the reality of the past. It is difficult to comprehend what it means to be non-existent. The past does not seem to…

On Urgency and the Growing Organization

Over the years, I have avoided developing a frantic work environment. I have found that frantic activity produces stress and errors -- so much so, that the…

On Passing Style vs. Timeless Style

One needs to discern the difference between passing style and timeless style - whether it's choosing clothes or writing prose. There may be a reason to consider…

On the Balance of Passion and Responsibility

The leader must be careful not to let their passion for future opportunities eclipse their present tense responsibilities. Exciting visions and challenges are no…

On the Danger of Apprehending Beauty

Beauty is not apprehended; it is appreciated. It is the apprehension of beauty that costs us beauty itself. The harder we grasp for it, the more damage we…

On the Importance of Capability and Character

In the end the decision to trust someone to perform a service for you can be summarized into two questions: “Can they?” and “will they?”  Indeed, these questions…

On the Medium as Grafted into the Message

The medium changes the message. We may wish it were not so but that does not help. One must be sensitive to how the medium necessarily contextualizes the…

On Leadership and the Importance of Unreasonable Demands

The leader must be careful of accepting good reasons for bad outcomes. When good people do good work, they may still experience a bad outcome. Thus because …

On the Quest for Wholeness

I think the internal quest to be fully human is a quest for wholeness. Our divided selves reflect our distance from the ideal. As we pursue full integration; an…

On the Priority of Velocity over Speed

We need to look ahead at our writing output to determine if our processing velocity is in sync with our producing velocity. If there is a wide differential, then…

On the Means to the Right Answer

To build a great organization, the leader must develop an effective team that knows how to engage in a "thorough process." This is a strength that could become a…

On Negation as the Determination of Possibilities

A movement in the space-time continuum represents (ultimately) a negation. The positive cancels other possibilities. The positive is the concrete that fills the…

On Leadership and Giving Your Team Ownership

Sometimes the leader knows the answer, or perhaps he knows the most efficient way to get to the answer. Still, it may be best to allow his people to…

On the Difference between Clarity and Simplicity

Leaders must grow comfortable with paradox and nuance. Clarity does not equate with simplicity.  Simplicity does not equate with easy.