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 Leadership and The Need to Separate the “What” from the “When”

The leader knows “what” before he knows “how,” but he knows “how” before he knows “when.” It is the “when” element which makes fools out of wise men. We often…

On the Problem with Biographers

Beware of biographies written by biographers. The problem is some people cannot be truly understood except by someone who is like them. Biographers are not like…

On the Simultaneous Experience of Joy and Agony

I do not understand how joy and agony can co-exist within the same person, even within the same instant. Life is an inversion of paradoxes. One can be full of…

On Balancing the Long-Term with the Short-Term

My whole life has been a combination of short-term and long-term investments. In a sense, I am very sensitive to the cash conversion cycle of my own production.…

On Becoming Too Busy to Slow Down and See

Leaders can become overwhelmed by all that must be done. However, the No. 1 reason we carry the burden is not because we have too much to do; it is because we…

On My Work as an Expression of Experimental Philosophy

I need to consider the impact of rational choice theory as it relates to my research on the value proposition. I think I hold to a subjective theory of value, at…

On Conflating the Two Concepts of Convergence Theory and Enterprise Locus

I am conflating two concepts: convergence theory and enterprise locus. Transformation assumes an external force working against an entity. In the event that…

On Existence as the Unification of Subject and Predicate

Reality may be interpreted as vertical and horizontal. Vertical reality manifests itself in levels; horizontal reality manifests itself in parts. My vertical…

On How a Leader Galvanizes Action

A leader galvanizes action. He spends his solitude in determining and discerning his way through decision processes. It does not mean he makes those decisions on…

On the Marketer as Both Scientist and Mystic

The marketer must be part scientist and part mystic. While many would agree with the science aspect, others would challenge the mysticism. But the marketer is…

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 Age as an Increasing Acuteness of Angle

[Editor's Note: This is an excerpt from one of Dr. McGlaughlin's short stories. Read the full story here.] It took Kierkegaard nine pseudonyms and a lifetime of…

On Leadership and the Question Beneath the Questions

When making a decision of significant consequence, the first question that a leader should ask is this: Have I asked the right questions? In particular, the…

On Communication as a Means of Actualizing Perception

It would seem to me that there is more to communication than imparting information. The best communicator articulates what his audience has already intuitively…

On Shifts in our Paradigm and Future Action Sets

At the foundation of our thinking is an essential philosophy, a self-paradigm (a view of ourselves as we relate to the world). When we process from this…