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 Assessing Risk in New Hires

When the leader places someone in a strategic position, the first question they should ask is not the standard question: is this the right hire? But rather a…

On Love and the Three-Word Promise that Preserves Relationships

The three-word promise, “I love you” can start a relationship, but only the three-word promise, “in spite of” preserves a relationship. Transcendent love moves…

On Leadership and the Essential Elements of a Good Strategy

The artful leader develops strategy with four key insights in mind: 1. A good strategy mitigates its downside. Great leaders don’t take enormous risks unless…

On The Illusion of Optionality

The artful leader does not mistakenly equate the number of options with freedom. The inverse is true; the number of options can produce restrictions on freedom.…

On Leadership and the Viscosity of Candor

As a leader, I am fascinated by the notion of viscosity. We create giant machines built of strong materials (steel, titanium), and yet, these machines for all…

On the Beauty and the Horror of Life

Those who try to fathom life cannot truly understand until they have joined those who sing the song of grief. It is a chorus that all must one day join. When…

On the Difference between being “Male” and “Man”

Never confuse being male with being a man. The former is a biological definition; the latter is a spiritual definition. The defining characteristic of a man is…

On Leadership and the Art of Peaceful Paranoia

An artful leader embodies a contradiction of peace and paranoia. They are at peace because they maintain crystal clarity, not because they do not see problems…

On Leadership and Difference Between Solving Problems and Building People

Some leaders use their team to solve problems, but artful leaders use problems to build their team. Solving a problem is event-focused; building is…

On Leadership and the Importance of “No”

One of the primary jobs of the leader is to say “no,” and mostly to themselves. We trap ourselves with seemingly harmless commitments. Beware of parallel energy…

On the Danger of Technology Outpacing Humanity’s Development

Technology is maturing at a rate faster than mankind. This leads to extreme danger. The phenomenon is like a six-year-old who discovers how to build a gun. We…

On Philosophy and Possibility

If my philosophy is grounded in the nature of uncertainty, then my spirituality is grounded in a doctrine of possibility. Hope by its very nature is the…

On Leadership and Mere Virtue

The artful leader must beware of trying to create a perfect set of organizational values. All calls to virtue are merely delineating lines of a greater (more…

On Leadership and Focusing on the Inside Edges of Technology’s Reach

It is a mistake for most leaders to focus their energy on the outer edge of technology’s reach. In a connected world, there is rarely a new thought. The…

On Leadership and Moving from the Internal towards the External

The artful leader operates “From within,” not “For without.” In the midst of a challenge, some leaders draw their sense of peace, their center, from effective…