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 Limitation as the Way to Ultimate Performance

Specialization is almost always forced by limitation. Restriction (enforced from the inside) rarely works. Limitation (imposed from the outside) is the only…

On the Infinite Value of Existence

The older I get, the more I appreciate the value of existence. The more I appreciate the value of existence, the more I realize that it can only be fathomed in…

On the Danger of Writing Only for the Critics

Most of the self-important literature in the market is hard to read. Some of the best and most important literature is so readable that it is overlooked by the…

On the Priority of the Immediate over the Important

Strategy yields to the immediate. A general can carefully plan his strategy for winning the war, but put him in a firefight, and he will drop his pen and start…

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 Content That Does Not Fit within a Container

When my mind is engaged in layers of introspection, the structure I embed my thoughts within can sometimes prove inadequate. This can catch me by surprise. I am…

On the Difference between a Good Decision and the Right Decision

The leader does not lead with internal certainty; a leader leads from internal peace. Certainty and peace are not the same. I have often experienced peace with a…

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 Transcending Value with Satisfaction

Commerce can be understood through the lens of the subject-predicate concept. The entity predicates. The essential predication can be described by two sets of…

On Thinking Fast vs. Thinking Deep

I need to let the passion for my organization’s value proposition to drive us forward, but I cannot let this same passion “break” us either... The leader must…

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…

On Leadership and the Danger of Lavish Praise

Lavish praise loses its luster (as does everything else in which we lavishly indulge). Dale Carnegie is often quoted for advising his readers to be “lavish in…

On Leadership and the Danger of the “Promising” Opportunity

When presented a "promising" opportunity, eight out of 10 times I run for my life. The number one difference between a seemingly effective leader and a truly…

On Considering the Extremities of the Human Condition

The human condition must be considered along with its extremities. It has poles. On one hand, you have extreme ecstasy, and on the other, you have extreme agony.…

On the Need for a Meta-Theory of Optimization

Is there a general underlying theory of optimization that will allow you to improve results regardless of the medium or the business category? Isn't there more…