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 Learning Wide and Deep

When leading a new organization, it is important that you first go wide and then go deep. If you don’t go wide first, you don’t know where to go deep.…

On the Priority of Velocity over Speed

We need to look ahead at our writing output to determine if our processing velocity is in sync with our producing velocity. If there is a wide differential, then…

On Discerning the Difference between Simple and Easy

There is a manifold difference between simple and easy. Some things are simple to explain, simple to plan, but not easy to execute. A good leader is sensitive to…

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 Balancing the Long-Term with the Short-Term

My whole life has been a combination of short-term and long-term investments. In a sense, I am very sensitive to the cash conversion cycle of my own production.…

On the Force of Persuasion

Throughout history, power is amassed in two ways: by force or by persuasion.  Force itself when multiplied across a social dynamic is still ultimately dependent…

On the Natural Selfishness of Leaders

Leaders are inherently selfish. Their first reaction is almost always self-centered. I believe it is difficult to prevent this problem. I do not judge a leader…

On the Danger of Writing Only for the Critics

Most of the self-important literature in the market is hard to read. Some of the best and most important literature is so readable that it is overlooked by the…

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 Leaders and the Danger of Focusing on the Particular

Effective leaders have a distinct ability to view the panorama and not just the particular. Indeed, they use the particular to better understand the…

On the Futility of Attempting Pure Expression

I'm struggling, yet again, as I try to express concepts in linguistic form. As a child, I developed a language that allowed me to think more efficiently. It…

On the Tension between Rules, Principles and the Fundamentals

Rules and principles in business are important. Nevertheless, every great business is an exception. Indeed, the greater the exception, the greater the business.…

On the Impact of Relationships Building instead of Lead Building

When one understands the significant difference between lead generation and relationship building, they position themselves in such a way as to take “the…

On Leading from Behind

There is much talk about leading from the front, this observation is valuable when one considers that a leader must be in the trenches with his team. But one…

On Life as a Cycle

Life is a cycle of cycles. We seem to prefer to freeze our self in the most desirable phase of such cycles. We attach our true identity to this desirable phase;…