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 Philosophy and Preventing the “Pathway” from Becoming a “Trench”

The leader or writer must never let the pathway become a trench. When you start with existing material, you start with a natural bias. This bias can turn the…

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 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 Building into Your Leaders the Capacity to See

Leadership consists of far more than the series of techniques and tactics that contemporary leadership literature often teaches. You build a great leader by…

On Influence and the Cultural Wave

The men and women in history who had the greatest influence are often those that caught a “cultural wave” at just the right time. There are probably a hundred…

On the Danger of Living Every Day as if It Was Your Last

How can one focus their life? I’ve often heard this advice: “Live as though today is your last day”. On one level, I find it helpful, on another I find it…

On the Nuanced Capacity to See the Present through the Lens of the Future

The leader must live with two horizons in view. We need to think in the short-term and the long-term. One who thinks only in the short-term never wins strategic…

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 Danger of an Attractive Opportunity

We are all in danger of becoming the products of the attractive opportunities that present themselves in our lives. It is difficult to say “no” to an attractive…

On Leadership and the Danger of Internal Drift

 The enemy of intention is drift. Drift marks the movement from the place one intends to the place one did not intend. The leader must guard against this…

On Developing a Throughput Line in Sophisticated Literature

I have written about the need for an attractant in sophisticated literature, such as poetry. Sometimes I have called it a “throughput line”. I realize that there…

On Honesty as the Ultimate Virtue of Being

The familiarity of the word “honesty” interferes with its remarkable meaning, and more, its remarkable implications. Honesty is the ultimate virtue of being. To…

On the Dangers of Living in a Time of Sustained Peace

The great danger of living in a sustained period of peace is that it creates a mental fog. One begins to operate within an artificial world. Typically, a period…

On Leadership and the Importance of Knowing what Needs to be Done

Sometimes the leader must focus his entire energy on what must be done, not how can it be done and not when can it be done. The second two questions are so…

On the Danger of Floundering between Perception and Reality

The challenge for many companies is misunderstood - It is not finding prospects that need what it has to offer, but rather finding prospects who know that they…