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 Strategist’s Ability to Enter the Mind of Another

Strategy is more about the "strategist" than it is about the "strategy." The strategist employs a fundamental ability to predict behavior. This ability is…

On Story as Pharmacia

The mind responds to the construct of story. Certain authors, especially in Europe and now in much of contemporary America, reject the beginning, middle and end…

On Clean Pain vs. Dirty Pain

There are two kinds of pain: clean and dirty pain. Here is an example of clean pain: someone you love dies. It is like a sharp knife cut; it heals evenly, with…

On Identity and The Difference Between Our Fluid and Static Self

The irony of life comes from answering three questions: “who I am,” “who I thought I was,” and “who I want to be.” The contemplation of these questions can cause…

On Leadership and Determining the Scope of Focus

One of the greatest decisions a team leader will make is the scope of their focus. How wide? How narrow? You must be narrow enough to achieve concentrated…

On Courage in the Absence of Ultimate Answers

Elsewhere I have written of the dyad, questions and answers, as it relates to the triad, questions, possibilities and decisions. The point of this observation is…

On Craftsmanship as Directional, Not Definitive

I love to see symmetry in the presentation of words and terms. However, I am painfully aware of the fact that the symmetry is never truly symmetrical, that the…

On Leadership and Transcendent Knowing

There is a difference between pattern recognition and revelatory knowledge. A leader must realize when their perception is connected to the extension of a…

On Stress-testing Our Philosophy

Philosophy should be tested across multiple conditions. This is particularly true of philosophical "life-systems." We need to ask, "How do these principles work…

On Delicious Prose and Structural Draw

Brilliant writing, the work of artists like Wordsworth and Elizabeth Smart, can awe me with its sense of sheer beauty. Nevertheless, it feels to me as though…

On a Leader’s Performance

The performance problems in a leader are magnified by his organization. A leader’s mistakes are amplified by virtue of his influence. So, a leader must be…

On Loving Someone “In Spite Of”

The foundation of the deepest relationships is not a discovery of a perfect person; it might not even be a discovery of the right person. It is more of a …

On a Leader’s Ability to Make Decisions

A leader has to genuinely know the difference between what can be done now and what cannot be. He cannot demand what cannot be, but he can’t sacrifice what can…

On the Danger of Presenting the Solution before the Problem

Our “truth” only matters when it matters to the customer. You cannot solve a problem that does not exist, and existence in this case is a matter of perception.…

On the Difference between Searching for an Ideal and Working for Satisfaction

In John Stewart Mill’s autobiography, he said, “Suppose that all your objects in life are realized; that all the changes, institutions and opinions, which we are…