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 the Essential Task of the Leader as Leading

In an organization where a leader must lead other strong leaders, I question as to whether or not his best judgment produces the right way forward. In many…

On the Importance of Oscillating between Planning and Writing

The author needs to know how to oscillate between planning and writing. In my case, I can plan so far (but in great detail), then I need to write my way forward.…

The Difference Between Category Definers and Category Conformers

In product driven market places, like publishing, the breakaway successes are category “definers” not category “conformers.” Once the category has been defined,…

On the Combination of Poetry with Aphorism

I wonder if poetry can be combined with aphorism. Perhaps there is a way to use rhythm with insight. I recognize that some poetry suggests without necessarily…

On Being Convinced in the Face of Uncertainty

What does it mean to say that I am convinced of something? What does it mean that anyone says that they are convinced? I suspect that the limitation of words…

On Recognizing Artificial Arrangement of Facts

We must beware of “story-ized” facts. It is our nature to take a series of facts, or data points, and arrange them into a story fashion. This can be useful, but…

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 the Difference between a Leader and a Winner

Many large companies are run by men who can be more aptly described as winners rather than leaders. They have obtained the position by winning over their peers.…

On the Danger of the Blur and the Advantage of Clarity

Mediocrity tends to blur and excellence tends to sharpen. Mediocre people tend to blur situations, but excellent people tend to sharpen situations. Beware of the…

On Crafting an Argument and Determining the Desired Cognitive Outcome of an Opponent

When arguing for a point, one has to determine what the aim is.  If the aim is to simply win on points, then argue and build strong reasons.  If the aim is to…

On Messaging as Intention Actualized

Messaging is intention actualized. One might argue that messaging may disguise a true intuition; however, the intention to disguise is a part of the message…

On Making Peace with the Unknowable

There is great danger in contemplating infinity. The great mathematicians that have gone down this path have not been able to return. Many of them have been…

On the Real Purpose of a Financial Reserve

Every leader agrees that a financial reserve is necessary, but most think of it as (just) an important form of security. This misses the point. A financial…

On the Incipient and the Pragmatist

As I continue to reflect on the nature of the incipient, other considerations come to mind. Anyone who accepts the reality of their limitation must learn to deal…

On Leadership and the Seduction of What We Do Well

The greatest danger for the leader is not what we do poorly, but rather what we do well. We recognize what we do poorly and most often seek help. "What we do…