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 Leader’s Ability to Lead from Failure

The best way to give your team permission to fail, is to fail in front of your team. Your vulnerability attracts theirs.   

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 Choosing As Existing

The hallmark of the rational agent is choice. How can reason be separate from choice? Even the acceptance of a proposition represents choice. We need to delve…

On Avoiding the Semantic Tug-of-War between Truth and Word Choice

When crafting theoretical statements, you need to know the difference between an elegant choice of words (that is something you select), and a properly accurate…

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 Sustaining Velocity in the Purchase Process

The value proposition begins as an abstract concept, but the moment it is engaged by the prospect it enters the time-space continuum. It moves from "thing" to…

On the Leader’s Energy and Clarity

The leader is constantly faced with the inertia of reality. Every initiative drags.  Every deadline is challenged. Every idea is undermined. Books on leadership…

On the Leader’s Responsibility to Diminish Himself

Sometimes a leader must diminish himself. His goal is not to raise his visibility, and thus his capability in the perception of his team, but rather it is the…

On Leadership and The Need to Separate the “What” from the “When”

The leader knows “where” before he knows “how,” but he knows “how” before he knows “when.” It is the “when” element which makes fools out of wise men. We often…

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 Choosing As Existing

The hallmark of the rational agent is choice. How can reason be separate from choice? Even the acceptance of a proposition represents choice. We need to delve…

On Honesty as the Ultimate Virtue of Being

The familiarity of the word “honesty” interferes with its remarkable meaning, and more, its remarkable implications. Honesty is the ultimate virtue of being. 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 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…