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 Leadership and Escaping Intellectual Corners

Sometimes a leader needs to appear to be unreasonable in order to become truly reasonable. We are often presented with false dichotomies, or we are pushed into…

On Breaking Through the Last Great Breakthrough

The greatest resistance to the next great thought breakthrough is the last great thought breakthrough. Einstein, despite his genius, resisted new quantum…

On the Writer’s Genius Getting in the Way of His Pen

I am suspect of systems, yet I find some of those writers who are revered may, in fact, be revered because of the lack of clarity in their work. There is no…

On Differing Opinions and the Search for Truth

Among the multiplicity of differing opinions, there should be at least a general agreement that there is a multiplicity of differing opinions. Everyone does not…

On Balancing Humility with Good Judgement

A leader cannot afford to let his humility get in the way of his good judgment. Sometimes a leader takes the blame because he is attempting to make peace, but we…

On Uncertainty as the Absence of Power

Darkness is not a color; it is the absence of light. Uncertainty is not a characteristic; it is the absence of power.  

On Words as the Expression of an Illusion

I am fascinated by the subtleties of conversation. The more words, the less meaning. I have observed that conversation sets down a sort of outline, with each…

On Growing a Leader beyond Your Own Needs

The more I train a person to become a leader, the more discontent they become in their current role. I do not own anyone, but it hurts to see them go. Yet, for…

On Conflating Parts with Layers

People sometimes conflate levels with parts. At times, I seem to be operating from different parts — parts of my person. Because these parts display an…

On Attempts to Resolve the Uncertainty Condition

Elsewhere I have written on the uncertainty condition. Attempts to resolve the problem produce only more "flailings" in the sea of uncertainty. In reality, the…

On the Illusion Created by Looking Backward

The currents bear me forward, onward, toward the endless end. The drift is deceptive ... it feels like a direction, but is it really? I see the path, but only…

On Leadership and Simplicity without Oversimplification

People don't let you occupy too many categories in their mind. You are either this type or that type. It is hard for people to imagine that you can be both…

On Why a Great Artist Must Hate as Much as He Loves

The artist or writer who tries to create art that everyone likes can never transcend. The writer writes because he must write, even if he cannot persuade a large…

On Self-Defined Output

I fear that most of our lives are self-defined by what happens on the surface, when in fact they are truly defined by how we interpret what is happening on the…

On the Implications of a Stimulated Response

One must be aware of the implications of a stimulated response. This seems self-apparent; indeed, it is necessary for a response to have a stimulus. However, I…