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 Pursuit of Goals

One must be careful not to spend life solely in pursuit. Achievers are wired to pursue. We pursue knowledge, success, holiness and so on. The feeling that we are…

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 Leadership and Appreciation of Your Organization

One of the most important ways that people learn to appreciate your organization is to experience someone else’s.  We do not know how good it is until we have to…

On Marketing and the Importance of Fostering Claims

Too many marketers focus on claims. A claim is an offensive move that puts the prospect in a defensive posture. Excellent marketing does not put the prospect on…

On Communication and True Profundity

It’s important that your profundity (or your seeming profundity) isn’t derived from your obscurity. Some thinkers are just obscure enough to impress the thinkers…

On Communication and the Test of a Story

The test of a story is not whether it conforms to some critic’s opinion of the rules but, rather, how it impacts those for whom the story was written.   

On Leadership and the Sword vs. the Shovel

The leader needs to know how to balance his work between the sword and the shovel. With the sword, he is driving revenue, making deals. With the shovel, he is…

On Compass-Setting Decisions

The leader makes many decisions, but he needs to have an awareness of the categorical difference between an ordinary decision and a compass-setting decision.…

On Leadership and Subtle Breakthroughs with Profound Implications

Many of the most important things you do as a leader are subtle. These subtle changes have profound implications but, in the beginning, their impact is difficult…

On Using the Objective to Shape the Writing

When you are writing, the objective is more than an end. It is the sharp tool by which you carve away everything that does not belong in the text.

On Moderating Balance with Extremes

Exaggeration is at the heart of artful choices. There are some decisions you cannot make until you have gone too far (at least conceptually). It occurs in…

On Leadership and the Speed of Fluidity

Never move faster than you can move fluidly. The fastest speed at which one may move sometimes looks deceptively slow. This illusion is caused by its fluidity.…

On the Illusion of the Past Tense and the Fierce Pursuit of the “Knowing”

Is the present tense a blank canvas? If the past, as we conceive it, is a present tense experience (and it is), then one may conclude that the present is…

On the True Measure of a Writer

I wonder how one should judge a writer. When one has written as many books as Trollope, there is no doubt (as Trollope conceives himself) there will be a wide…

On Leading with Ideas vs. Leading with People

A leader cannot lead with ideas; a leader must lead with people. Ideas are valuable in so much as they shape and motivate the actions of people. Ideas…