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 Communicating with Entrepreneurs

Communicating to entrepreneurs is different than communicating with academics. This is a point that doesn't need much elucidation. Still, it is important to…

On the Priority of Achievement over Brilliance

The men remembered for their genius are not necessarily the most brilliant. Rather, the most brilliant men are remembered for their achievements. Their…

On the Philosopher as Merely the Man Who Tries

When reading the works of a philosopher, it is a mistake to think of the writer as a philosopher. The word "philosophy" can distort our understanding of the…

On Content as Marketing and Marketing as Content

We are in a new advertising era. We are moving from advertising as interruption to advertising as utility. Advertising should not be served; it should serve – it…

On Leadership and the “Humble-device”

The leader should never confuse a state of humility with a “humble-device.” True humility is often feigned by the employment of such devices: self-depreciating…

On Leadership and the Question Beneath the Questions

When making a decision of significant consequence, the first question that a leader should ask is this: Have I asked the right questions? In particular, the…

On Leadership and Disagreeing Agreeably

When a leader makes a decision contrary to the council of his top advisors, he needs to be careful that he does not misunderstand his task. He can agree with…

On Leadership and the Effective Message

Every leader delivers an offer — marketing is not limited to a division. The leader’s messaging must be guided by three maxims: Explanation precedes declaration;…

On the Priority of Clarity Over Persuasion

Start with clarity, then and add persuasion. An attempt to be compelling that does not involve clarity is neither clear nor compelling.   

On How a Temporary “Yes” Can Buy a Permanent “No”

Sometimes one painful, yet temporary, "yes" buys you an opportunity for a smart "no."  By saying "yes" once to something unpleasant, you create the opportunity…

On Leadership and the Danger of the Lie

Behind every leadership problem is the “lie.” There is always the lie that we have told ourselves and have bought into. We do not think of it as a lie, but it is…

On the Sterilization of Philosophy

I think there is solid philosophical reason to consider the implications of intelligent evil. We spend too much time on the abstract; we do our philosophy from…

On Writing the Song That Cannot Be Said

Music must come from the part of you that cannot say, or be said. Try to write the songs you cannot put into words. If you can put it into words, it is probably…

On the Value of Passion and Polarity

Sometimes you don’t know what you are for until you know what you are against. In public, it is wise to withhold criticism, to guard your tongue. In private, as…

On Thinking Fast vs. Thinking Deep

I need to let the passion for my organization’s value proposition to drive us forward, but I cannot let this same passion “break” us either... The leader must…