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 Hammurabi’s Strengthening of the Center

In 1792 BC the Amorite chief of Babylon died. He was replaced by a son, Hammurabi. This new leader was trapped between two major kingdoms: Rim-sin and…

On the Medium as Grafted into the Message

The medium changes the message. We may wish it were not so but that does not help. One must be sensitive to how the medium necessarily contextualizes the…

On Marketing as a Key Responsibility of the CEO

When you disconnect the CEO from the marketer, you have two different operations taking place. This is why thinkers like Drucker realized that marketing is a…

On the Great Man and Multiplicity of Perspective

At the heart of understanding is multiplicity of perspective. To understand a great man, one must see the world through his eyes, see him through his peer's…

On Leadership and the X/Y Axis of More and Better

When one is trying to improve results, they should keep in mind a sort of geometrical relationship. In my mind I visualize two dimensions at an angle. They…

On the Means to the Right Answer

To build a great organization, the leader must develop an effective team that knows how to engage in a "thorough process." This is a strength that could become a…

On Listening While Talking

Most people stop listening when they start talking, but the greatest communicators listen even more as they talk.  

On Considering the Extremities of the Human Condition

The human condition must be considered along with its extremities. It has poles. On one hand, you have extreme ecstasy, and on the other, you have extreme agony.…

On Transcending the Ordinary Understanding of Productivity

We need to transcend the ordinary understanding of what it means to be productive. We need to transcend our mind with fiction - even “comic book” heroics. I…

On the Danger of Leadership Literature

I think much of the literature on leadership has done more damage than good. The great leader is not focused on leadership; the great leader is focused on…

On the Purest Philosophy

People at their moments of greatest joy, and especially at their moments of deepest grief, break spontaneously into the most profound of philosophies. It is…

On Balancing Creativity and Craft in Writing

When writing, one must allow for both creativity and craft. However, you cannot think simultaneously about both. If you think about craft, it mitigates…

On the Things You Cannot Learn from a Teacher

There are some things you can learn from a teacher; and there are some things you can only learn from life itself. Intelligence is no substitute for experience,…

On Leadership and Escaping Intellectual Corners

Sometimes a leader needs to appear to be unreasonable in order to become truly reasonable. We are often presented with false dichotomies, or we are pushed into…

On Marketing and the Priority of Conclusions Over Claims

Marketers are too concerned with claims. The work of the marketer is more subtle. We should be more concerned with fostering conclusions than forcing claims. Our…