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 the Capable Team

A leader must be careful about how he solves a challenge. If he solves a problem for his team, the best he can hope for is that they are grateful. If he solves…

On Becoming Too Busy to Slow Down and See

Leaders can become overwhelmed by all that must be done. However, the No. 1 reason we carry the burden is not because we have too much to do; it is because we…

On Leadership and Ontology

What makes a great leader is not so much what she does, but rather who she is. Developing trustworthy character, unflinching courage, and a transcendent vision…

On Leadership and the Management of Energy

Leaders are masters of energy. They master their own, and they shape the energy of those around them. Leaders have an ability to cultivate and extend positive…

On Self-heroic and Ordinary Moments

Be careful about judging a man by his self-heroic moments; you must judge him by is ordinary moments. Judge him by those things which to him are ordinary, but…

On How Structure Can Impose Confusion

As I seek to try and build a beautiful organization, I realize that structure is closely associated with one's concept of beauty. Structure is foundational to…

On the Inability to Achieve Precision

Because we are finite beings, we cannot experience precision. What we consider precise, is only an illusion. The beauty of math is that it allows us to achieve…

On Aggregating Activity

If you want it to rain you first have to fill the clouds with water. Sometimes activity produces an outcome, even when you can’t draw a direct cause and effect…

On Leadership and Self-deception

As a leader, our greatest danger is never the blatant crime that we commit, but rather the lie we tell ourselves first. Our greatest weakness is not our…

On the Song that Writes You

My best music is constrained so that I only compose what I cannot say in prose. The subtleties of sound with no meaning but inexplicable symmetry, and of words…

On Playing from the Song You Experience

When I play the piano I prefer to work with my own composition. It is not that I don’t value the work of others, it is that I do not believe that anyone can…

On Leading From Weakness

I have observed that some leaders display flaws, significant weaknesses, yet somehow develop healthy, thriving organizations. On the other hand I have observed…

On Uncertainty and Possibility

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

On Learning Wide and Deep

When leading a new organization, it is important that you first go wide and then go deep. If you don’t go wide first, you don’t know where to go deep.…

On the Priority of Velocity over Speed

We need to look ahead at our writing output to determine if our processing velocity is in sync with our producing velocity. If there is a wide differential, then…