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Sean Flaherty    

Creator of the Momentum Framework; EVP of Innovation at ITX Corp; Award Winning Speaker & Entrepreneur

Sean Flaherty started innovating with software products at 11 years old on his 8-Bit Commodore Vic-20 in the 1980’s and he never stopped. He studied aviation electronics working on F-14 Tomcats in the Navy, molecular genetics at the University of Rochester, and earned an MBA from the Simon School of Business in 2006.

Most of his experience, however, has come from over two decades of working in the trenches with his clients building innovative software products that move, touch, and inspire the world. He is most fortunate to have the privilege of leading the team that is ITX. ITX has built a passionate group of inspired technologists and artists that produce magic every day for their clients.

Flaherty teaches MBA candidates at the William E. Simon School of Business and speaks to leadership teams around the world on the intersection of innovation, culture, and empathy. He has developed and organized “The Momentum Framework,” a set of contextual models that demonstrate the patterns, context, and language of successful leadership.

His work has led to him earning recognition and accolades such as the 2019 Vistage “New Speaker of the Year” and the 2019 Trust Across America “Top Thought Leader in Trust” awards among many others.

Speech Topics


Creativity, Innovation and Great Leadership

Sean tells stories from the flight deck of an aircraft carrier with leadership lessons that culminate in a paradigm-shifting framework of contextual models that connect leadership fundamentals like trust and loyalty to the profitability of your organization, while powerfully aligning your team.

Join fellow leaders to understand how The Momentum Framework will give you a measurable pathway to profit through systematically and purposefully building a culture through the language of Trust, Loyalty, and Advocacy.

Speech Takeaways:

  • Reengineer the way you invest in the success of your business, your people, and your customers.
  • Amplify and invest powerfully in your culture through language.
  • Assess your team's leadership potential in a paradigm-shifting way.
  • Separate your strategy from your tactics to maximize clarity for your leadership teams.
  • Measure your customer relationships.
  • Diagnose the issues that are standing in your team's way.
  • Empower your teams to purposefully innovate.
  • Equip your team with new tools to assess their performance.


Leading a Culture of Innovation: Discover How to Create a Powerful Culture That Results in Innovation.

The Science of Trust: Explore the Renaissance in Modern Trust Research and How to Apply it To Your Teams Today.

Strategy x Tactics: Consider Separating Your Strategy from Your Tactics to Drive Long-Term Organizational Performance.

The Science of Intrinsic Motivation: Explore How Leaders Create Environments of High-Quality, Intrinsic Motivation Resulting in Highly Motivated Teams.

The Relationship Ladder: Objectively Measuring Relationships Drives Innovation in Unexpected Ways.

Redefining Leadership: Articulating the Difference Between Great and Poor Leadership Using a Mathematical Framework.

Traits of Great Leaders: An Inventory of Great Leadership Traits from the Social Sciences Will Help Scale your Leadership.

The Origin of Innovations: Understanding where innovations come from and the conditions that improve to help your teams thrive.

Vision: A Painted Picture of a Better Future: Subtitle: Understanding how to assemble and communicate a motivating vision will help technology teams thrive and innovate.

Authentic Loyalty and Technology: Defining, understanding, and building loyalty is hard work and takes time. Creating a shared understanding of loyalty improves team experience and leads to performance on technology teams.

Maximize the Number of Advocates in Your Ecosystem: Understanding how people become advocates can help you formulate a strategy for creating more of them, maximizing your impact as a team.

Leading Technology Teams For Long-Term Performance: Rethink how you think about leadership and how it applies to technology teams and their long-term performance.

The Competence of Teams: Learning and growth are critical to leading technology teams. Understand the relationship between confidence and authentic team competence to foster a growth mindset on the teams you lead.

Objective Prioritization is Impossible: Traditional, mathematical prioritization systems don't work. Empower your teams to make priority decisions in the wild, as close to the customer as possible.

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