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 Consciousness as the Knowing of My “Knowing”

Somehow my (self)consciousness seems as though it is more than a unity of subject and object. When I dream (or when I am on the edge of sleep), my thoughts are…

On Mistaking Patent Inability for Profound Expression

Do not mistake arrogance for confidence. This leads to a plethora of horrific artistic expression. A person without confidence tends to be one of two extremes:…

On Leaders and the Danger of Focusing on the Particular

Effective leaders have a distinct ability to view the panorama and not just the particular. Indeed, they use the particular to better understand the…

On Achieving a False Equilibrium

As human beings we are by nature challenged with internal conflict. This conflict manifests itself in multiple forms, but perhaps the most essential is our…

On the Ability to Transcend Selflessly

Consciousness of transcendence often keeps one from transcending. The conscious focus on the effort keeps one from transcending the effort. I have noticed that…

On Selfishness as the Primary Driver of Sales Velocity

The primary value proposition is necessary but not sufficient. Beginning with the primary expression, the marketer must craft a particular expression around the…

On the Need for Strategy to Be Embodied in a Person

I don’t want my team to focus on strategy; I want them to focus on becoming strategists. Strategy is stilted. The field has been relegated to a specialist’s…

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 Confusing a Decision with an Answer

Some of us are seekers. Our passion, our hunger for truth, is intense. But, we must be careful or we will create an intellectual trap we cannot escape. One of…

On the Two Dyads at the Heart of Value Exchange

When expressed as a noun, the offer feels too static. The offer is action, and the action is communication. The efficacy of this speech act is determined by two…

On the Problem of That Particular Moment

What is "that particular moment?" The phrase captures my attention, not the least of which is because each word tends to deny the other. "What" is answered by…

On Leadership and the Courage to Be Misunderstood

Courage is an important asset to the leader. However, there is a rare form of courage, more subtle and less obvious than the typical expression. It is not…

On Life Being Characterized by Your Decisions

Life will be more characterized by your decisions than by your answers. The best answers motivate decisions.   

On Equating Age with Experience

One of the few benefits of growing old is the opportunity to develop best-in-class teams. If we equate age with experience, it does not, necessarily, become a…

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…