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 Simplicity without Oversimplification

People don't let you occupy too many categories in their mind. You are either this type or that type. It is hard for people to imagine that you can be both…

On Why a Great Artist Must Hate as Much as He Loves

The artist or writer who tries to create art that everyone likes can never transcend. The writer writes because he must write, even if he cannot persuade a large…

On Self-Defined Output

I fear that most of our lives are self-defined by what happens on the surface, when in fact they are truly defined by how we interpret what is happening on the…

On the Implications of a Stimulated Response

One must be aware of the implications of a stimulated response. This seems self-apparent; indeed, it is necessary for a response to have a stimulus. However, I…

On the Measure of a Man

The test of a man is what it takes to stop him. You measure a leader by the size of his problems. You cannot measure a leader by his last achievement; his last…

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 Beauty as the Antidote

The darkness kills us. Many great men have suffered for the sake of the darkness. As the French philosopher Camus has said, “Suicide is the problem.” The…

On the Website as Experience Set

To achieve the most with our e-commerce website we must go beyond the mundane concept of a catalog which displays products. There are two philosophical…

On the Two “Me’s”

It takes real courage not to need to demonstrate that you have courage. It takes authenticity not to need to demonstrate that you are authentic. There is me, and…

On Leadership and the Priority of Wisdom Over Intelligence

Men often substitute intelligence for wisdom. This is a grave mistake. One may be born with intelligence (it is a gift), but wisdom must be purchased over time…

On the Danger of Numerical Sequencing

One must be careful of numbering systems. They often indicate sequence where there is none. They enforce linear perspective where lateral or even…

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…

On the Danger of “Vision-Casting”

“Vision-casting” is a dangerous undertaking. Once a vision is declared, it can be refined; but if it is changed too frequently and/or too radically, the leader…

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 Loving with Wholeness

Honesty empowers love. One may counter that we are honest because we love. I think this could be true. But one must acknowledge that I can only love out of an…