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 Communicating with Entrepreneurs

Communicating with entrepreneurs is different than communicating with academics. This is a point that doesn't need much elucidation. Still, it is important to…

On Leadership and Permeation

Despite my emphasis on management as shaping the efforts of people, I think there may be room for the understanding of a new concept: permeation. It seems to me…

On Trying on Decisions

Sometimes making decisions is like trying on a pair of shoes. I can tell if they look good by the way they appear on the rack, but I cannot tell whether or not…

On Capital as Idea Actualized

I want to deal in the capital of ideas. I remind myself every morning that it is the ideas that have preeminence, that capital follows ideas, that capital is…

On the Leadership and the Importance of Matching Work Type to Mindset

The leader knows that, to do the job properly, there are a series of mindsets within which he or she must enter. It is essential to match work type to mindset.…

On the Paradox of the Learner-Teacher

It is in helping others to understand that we increase our own understanding. Perhaps 40 percent of my teaching benefits the student. At least 60 percent…

On Leadership as Sacrifice

A prerequisite for leadership is to be willing to sacrifice. Many of us are willing to sacrifice time and energy. Most of us are not prepared to make the…

On Philosophy as the Software that Runs Your Life

Philosophy is the software that you run your life with; theology is just the higher elements of that philosophy. Men who attempt to find some form of peace in…

On the Two Levels of Thinking

I think while I am thinking. I've been told you can only concentrate on one thought at a time, but there is a way to articulate in your mind while at the same…

On Brand Promises vs. Brand Expectations

The problem with the notion of "brand promise" is that it places the origin on the sender rather than the receiver. The fact that you tell me that I can trust…

On the Need to Transfer a Leader’s Spiritual DNA

The source of the value proposition is typically derived from the spiritual DNA of the founder. An essential mission for the founder/leader is to impart his DNA…

On Wisdom as the Aggregate Experience of Choice

Wisdom is derived from choosing and then perceiving the resulting pattern. Wisdom is not a past tense quantity that accumulates; it is a present tense experience…

On Feeling Ungrateful and the Poetry of Edward Doyle

If for a moment I am feeling ungrateful, I need only to reflect my way into a tiny sliver of reality. It is with this gradual glimpse that I can escape the…

On the Challenge of Understanding the Composite Customer

Unfortunately, marketers work with approximations. Underneath our stochastic sampling, and even embedded within our conversion heuristics, is an understanding…

On Substituting Clarity for Action

Never substitute clarity for action. Moving forward does not matter if you are not moving in the right direction. Some leaders substitute “reflecting” with…