The Momentum Framework

The most productive, thriving teams are driven by a powerful strategy that allows their tactics to deviate to meet the ever-changing demands of their environment. Strategic Planning can be an oxymoron if you muddle your strategy and your tactics into a “Strategic-Plan” that does not differentiate one from the other…


We Overestimate Our Abilities and Underestimate the Abilities of Others

In 1999, David Dunning and Justin Kruger, at Cornell University did a series of psychological experiments studying our sense of humor and demonstrated that most of us overestimate our skills and knowledge, and we underestimate our weaknesses. Since that seminal experiment, researchers across many knowledge and skill domains have replicated…


In business, having a clear and shared understanding of who your organization serves is the mark of a great vision and a powerful strategy. There are clear dominance hierarchies in every organization, big and small. The bigger the organization, the more important it is for the leadership teams to understand…


Graph with The People You Serve on the Y Axis and the Problems You Solve on the X Axis Near the origin are those you can serve the best to convert them into advocates. Moving away from the core = Diffusion. Moving toward the core = Focus.

A great vision is one that unlocks human potential and creativity by painting a clear picture of what is possible. Stewarding, adapting, and continuously refining the vision is the top priority of successful leaders because it is a core component of the organization’s strategy. It is really hard to get…


A well-running organization, with highly motivated and aligned people, is a powerful form of high-art. It includes the performance art of your people delivering services and coordinating activities at scale and it has artifacts, symbols, and physical art that have the potential to leave a profound impression on the people…


Psychological Safety vs Structure | Parabolic curve with descriptions of different ranges

The motivation of the people you surround yourself with is the wellspring of creativity in your life.

There is a complex relationship between motivation, psychological safety, the structure you impose, and the innovation that results. It is not as simple as you might think. The guru on the subject, author…


Self > Family > Others > Groups > Societies | Nested half circles in purple representing our spheres of caring

The greatest of leaders shift the thinking and behaviors of those they lead in ways that cause more caring and more influence through competence. They transform the thinking of those they serve by shifting the language of the group from “I” to “We” thinking at scale. Their work transforms their…


Hands Raised

In my experience, good leaders, who earn the respect of their colleagues, drive clarity when they are evangelizing their vision. They speak in clear language, state their assumptions, aggressively work the risks, and always think through the important questions, on their own, so that they know their options and can…


Commitment, highlighted in red amongst a list of words, with a logo of interlocking rings.

Commitment is rare. Building a culture of commitment in your organization accelerates trust.

People often avoid making small interpersonal commitments because they are risky. According to Daniel Kahneman, the Nobel Prize-winning and prolific academic, we value loss about twice as much as we value gains, thus it follows that we…


Finding and curating your advocates can significantly improve your culture

Ven Diagram with Advocacy in the Middle, Loyalty and Trust surrounding it

Establishing a clear north star metric for your business is hard work.

When I earned my MBA in 2006, I was taught the Milton Friedman — Esque mantras of “Shareholder Value,” “Return on Investment,” and “Profit” as the core measures of success for any business. …

Sean Flaherty

Technologist. Philosopher. Inspirer.

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