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 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…

On Creative Energy and Idea Generation

I've noticed that the creative process, as it results in idea generation, can fill one's mind with a difficult-to-describe-but-ecstatic-to-experience "creative…

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 a Fundamental Difference Between Sales and Marketing

Sales is focused on the individual, and marketing is focused on a unity of individuals. Sales can quickly bridge "the customer gap." In sales, you are talking to…

On the Uselessness of the Plan That Cannot Be Executed

Plans can be an illusion. They represent an ideal, and they are built on the warrant that we can predict behavior, even if it is only our own (this is more…

On Life and the Sweet Bitter

When one has lived long enough and yet somehow maintained a grateful heart in the midst of the human condition, life itself may be thought of as bittersweet.…

On Communication as Playful Existence

I am intrigued by the notion of "communication play." I somehow sense that communication itself represents essence in existence, that communication is a form of…

On Oscillating Between Creativity and Intention

The more intentional you are about what you need to say, the harder it is to say it well. Creativity is often stifled by intention. To maintain craftsmanship and…

On Moderating Balance with Extremes

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

On Influence as a Means

I have often said that a leader should lead with influence as opposed to authority. However, it is important to remember that the ultimate goal is not to build…

On Consciousness as the Knowing of My “Knowing”

Somehow my (self)consciousness seems as though it is more than a unity of subject and object. When I dream (or when I am on the edge of sleep), my thoughts are…

On Mistaking Patent Inability for Profound Expression

Do not mistake arrogance for confidence. This leads to a plethora of horrific artistic expression. A person without confidence tends to be one of two extremes:…

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 Achieving a False Equilibrium

As human beings we are by nature challenged with internal conflict. This conflict manifests itself in multiple forms, but perhaps the most essential is our…

On the Ability to Transcend Selflessly

Consciousness of transcendence often keeps one from transcending. The conscious focus on the effort keeps one from transcending the effort. I have noticed that…