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 Discovering What You Want the Most

Discover what you want the most. It is the only way you will have the power to achieve internal alignment. We live the first part of our lives kidding ourselves…

On Moving Away So One Can Move Towards

Some leaders move away from threats while others move towards opportunities. There is a time for both actions, but at certain levels in the organization, the…

On Story as Pharmacia

The mind responds to the construct of story. Certain authors, especially in Europe, and now in much of contemporary America, reject the beginning, middle, and…

On the Quest for Wholeness

I think the internal quest to be fully human is a quest for wholeness. Our divided selves reflect our distance from the ideal. As we pursue full integration; an…

On the Priority of Momentum over Scale

Be more concerned with momentum than you are with scale. It is not the size that matters it is the velocity. 

On Communication and the Distinction between the Logical and Perceptual

There are two kinds of patterns in our conversation. The first is essentially logical. The second is essentially perceptual. It reminds me of the difference…

On Leadership and Looking the Dragon in the Eye

Leaders need to beware of reports that put a happy face on bad news. Bad news needs to be exactly what it is. Any interpretation that is unrealistic prevents the…

On Leadership and Reading as Dialogue

For most people, reading is a monologue. But, the leader must make reading a dialogue. As we read certain content (hopefully not just business content), we…

On the Paradox of “Focus”

Focus is a necessary activity for all leaders, yet focus involves an apparent paradox. It requires two activities at the same time: the action of doing something…

On Self-Optimizing Systems

The tendency of a process is to leak efficiencies (it is related to The Second Law of Thermodynamics). This applies to any activity. It is in writing. It is in…

On Leadership and the Value of Complexity

There is a competitive advantage in simplicity but there may be greater advantage in complexity. Simplicity of vision is different than complexity of execution.…

On the Use of Symmetry in Writing

There is no such thing as pure symmetry. The writer must decide what elements he is going to emphasize as a matter of symmetry.Then he must be careful to break…

On Elegance as an Indicator of Coherence

Elegance is an indicator of coherence. The danger is being seduced by an artificial elegance which then constrains the chaos of truth seeking. In this case…

On Being Honestly Evil vs. Dishonestly Good

I would rather be honestly “evil” than dishonestly “good”. Transparent wickedness is safer than feigned goodness. And of all vices, dishonesty is the most…

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,…