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 Music as the Means of Experiencing the Texture of My Life

How can I be more intentional about the use of music in my life? Music is a drug. I feel its capacity to alter my conscious state. I suspect it has the capacity…

On the Beauty Resident within the Flaws of Existence

I wish I were a triangle. Not the triangle that exists on the writing pad of the mathematician. It is imperfect — no one can create a perfect line. Rather, I…

On Teaching and the Need to Sequence Truth

Sometimes all you need to understand about a truth is enough to enable you to fully understand it later. Teachers sometimes try to teach too much. We seek to…

On the Need for Leaders to Incarnate “What Matters Most”

Leadership does not just set priorities; it sets the priority. The leader communicates “what matters most.” Indeed, the leader must incarnate this communication.…

On Mistaking Talent for Truth

Do not mistake appealing writing for truthful content, and do not mistake a great intellect for a great theologian/philosopher. There is a difference between…

On the Battle That Cannot Be Won

In a battle that cannot be won, the question changes from “How can I win?” to “How do I cope?” At this point, the combatant becomes a…

On Trusting the Process More Than the Decision

We need to trust the process more than we trust the decision. At the micro level, it is important to achieve the right decision. At the macro-level, it is…

On Leadership and Understanding the Difference between Direction and Directions

As the leader progresses towards a long-term objective, he unintentionally may create an illusion which distorts the vision for those who look from the…

On Writing and the Danger of the Ornate

The writer must be careful not to confuse movement with adornment. Often, we put too much furniture in the hallway, but the point of the hallway is to get to a…

On the Philosopher as Merely the Man Who Tries

When reading the works of a philosopher, it is a mistake to think of the writer as a philosopher. The word "philosophy" can distort our understanding of the…

On the Difference between Vision and Clarity

The leader needs to develop a forward-looking clarity. Most of us fail not because we did not have the right opportunity, but because we did not seize it when it…

On the Difference Between Total Rationale and Incidental Rationale

I think the marketer — or even the individual in general — must determine the difference between total rationale and incidental rationale. A person may do…

On the Value of Passion and Polarity

Sometimes you don’t know what you are for until you know what you are against. In public, it is wise to withhold criticism, to guard your tongue. In private, as…

On Leadership and Choosing Joy Over Survival

The leader should be mindful of his mindset when facing a true crisis. It’s important to do more than prevail; it’s important to enjoy (a lovely, underestimated…

On Poetry as a Polaroid of the Heart

Poetry is a means of expressing the inexpressible. But I have found another use — sometimes I author poetry to capture the emotive state of a particular moment.…