MJ Petroni

MJ Petroni

Faculty

Corporate Innovation, Entrepreneurship

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Areas of Expertise

Exponentials  •  Autonomous Vehicles  •  Cybersecurity  •  Ethics  •  Corporate Innovation  •  Entrepreneurship

About MJ

Shift Thinking® is a mindset for success in the digital age embraced by a growing community of leaders and organizations. As Chief Exponential Officer of Shift Thinking®, MJ helps leaders understand the mental models of exponential technologies, and works with companies to harness the power of platforms for exponential growth. His academic background is in a field of study called Cyborg Anthropology, which studies the relationship between humans and technology. MJ is also the Chief Executive Officer of Causeit, Inc.®, which operates the Shift Thinking® platform.

Securing Automobility: Cyborgs and the Social Network of Things

Speaking Topics

  • A Day In the Life with Digital Financial Agents

    Financial agents are like digital personal assistants that automate the process of making better financial decisions. What ties them all together is the Social Network of Things, a new era of technology where devices and people are pervasively digitally connected. Explore the potential of these tools to transform daily life.

  • Agency in Innovation: The Relationship Between Power and Possibility

    Once the glow of an “aha!” moment fades, the potential of innovative new offerings is often undermined by organizational power dynamics. Explore ways to transform team relationships based on “power over” vs. “power under” into alignment, or “power with.” Discover why creating alignment—not just compliance—for your team around a big vision is a vital skill for getting great ideas into the real world.

  • Cybersecurity

    Many of the future’s brightest technology use cases require managing security risk without locking data up. How can cybersecurity, as a community and a function, can make digital innovation safe enough to move forward without stifling great ideas which necessarily involve risk? When we talk about security, it’s natural to focus on fear and risk—but good security policy can also be driven by hope and possibility, which is a much better climate for innovation.

  • Data Ethics in the Digital Age

    Data is a hot topic for 21st century government and business, from who owns it to how to monetize it. Smart technology, healthcare breakthroughs and improved security are some benefits of digital data collection and analysis. But how to balance opportunities with risks to privacy and liability? Explore the ethical implications of data as commodity and currency.

  • Digital Financial Platforms: The Evolution of Personal Finance

    While the astounding breakthroughs of the Digital Age have been transforming society for decades, our financial systems are still largely rooted in late Industrial Age paradigms and toolsets. Regulation and complexity have made some financial institutions slow to tap into the transformative potential of digital platforms—but not disruptive new financial startups.

  • Exponential Journey

    Short — “Mind the gaps” to ensure 10X projects aren’t blocked by incremental thinking.
    Long — The journey to exponential growth requires minding the gaps between your new journey and the incremental “defaults” of your organization. Learn how to transform communications around four key gaps—in vision, expectations, accountability and resources—to ensure your 10X projects aren’t blocked by incremental thinking.

  • Exponential Mindset

    How do you create and lead an exponential business—one that achieves breakthrough results in this time of profound disruption and accelerating change? Before changing what you do, you need to change how you think.

  • From Automobiles to Automobility: Driverless Cars are Just the Beginning

    Experience automobility in tomorrow’s smarter city. With traffic increasingly controlled by countless machine-guided decisions, these cities of the future will rely on securely shared multi-sided platforms to connect many modes of transit (cars, public systems and more) into new networks of mobility.

  • Full-Spectrum Innovation

    Digital businesses are easy to talk about, but hard to build. In an age of big data, fickle customer bases and previously impossible levels of scale, strategic partnerships are a necessity. How can your company tap into the full spectrum of innovation through strategic partnership and multi-sided platforms—without straying from your core organizational DNA?

  • Generate 10X Commitment Through Shared Purpose

    Short — Learn powerful new models for leadership based on Shared Purpose.
    Long — Thanks to digital technology, change has become exponential. Business leaders need new tools, new skills and most importantly new thinking. Learn powerful new models for leadership based on Shared Purpose to drive alignment with employees, customers and partners in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world.

  • Leadership Multiplier: Strategic Narrative

    Short — Drive 10X commitment with employees, customers and partners
    Long — Explore how to use Shared Purpose to create a larger context for driving 10X commitment—inside your organization, with customers and with key partners. Workshop key components of your Strategic Narrative, and leave with a clear path towards accelerating engagement and alignment.

  • Multi-Sided Platforms: A New Model for Digital Business

    Multi-sided platforms (MSPs)—the business model behind digital success stories like the iOS and Android ecosystems—provide a platform where many partners can create customer value while sharing the cost and risk of innovation. Learn new ways to think about business risk and value, and explore how to handle intellectual property and competition among partners.

  • ORBIT and Platforms

    ORBIT: Relationship Multiplier
    We live in a connected world, with tools for co-creation in the palms of our hands. But our brands are still communicating in old, push-based models. Learn how to build Ongoing Relationships Beyond Individual Transactions for 10X loyalty around your organization, driving organic growth and the kind of collaborative innovation your customers are hungry for.

    Platforms: Value Multiplier
    In an exponential world, value is about what you connect, not what you make. Networks are the Digital Age equivalent of electricity in a steam-powered world. Learn to network different types of capital—financial, relational, human, physical, and intellectual—to create 10X value.

  • Relationship Multipliers: ORBIT + Community

    Short — Build 10X loyalty and 10X engagement around your brand.
    Long — We live in a connected world, with new forms of digital sharing literally in the palms of our hands. Learn how to build 10X loyalty and 10X engagement around your brand, driving organic growth and the kind of collaborative innovation your customers are hungry for.

  • Storytelling for Innovators: How to Talk About Your Great Ideas

    To secure funding and support, innovators must pitch their ideas to highlight strategic value, while explaining potential business models, risks and resource needs. But how to do that without losing the excitement and creative spark that made the idea great in the first place? Learn to use innovation theory, digital business thought models, and simple yet powerful storytelling tools to inspire and enroll even the most skeptical stakeholders.

  • The Exponential Journey: Unlearning Mindsets & Multiplying Results

    Exponential technology plus incremental thinking yields incremental results. In this provocative session, you will update your thinking and go from 10% to the 10X. Unlearn outdated mental models, discover your shared purpose, and adopt the value multipliers that set you on a new trajectory for innovation, growth and impact.

  • The Power of Mental Models

    Unlearning Mental Models
    To embrace the new model of value creation, you first need to unlearn obsolete ways of thinking and update your mental models for success in a digital world. We’ll introduce key multipliers that accelerate network effects, leading to exponential results.

    The Exponential Journey
    The journey to exponential growth requires minding the gaps between your new journey and the incremental “defaults” of your organization. Learn how to transform communications around four key gaps—in vision, expectations, metrics and resources—to ensure your exponential projects aren’t blocked by incremental thinking.

    Shared Purpose
    Thanks to digital technology, change has become exponential. Business leaders need new tools, new skills, and most importantly new thinking. Learn powerful new models for leadership based on Shared Purpose to drive alignment with employees, customers, and partners in a volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous world.

  • The Social Network of Things: The Internet of Things Evolved

    Explore what happens as the Internet of Things trends toward devices imbued with artificial intelligence and decision-making abilities. Learn about impacts on culture, business strategy, ethics and talent in a world where our devices have their own social networks.

  • Thinking Styles

    While there are plenty of tools for understanding personalities, it’s harder to gain insight into how people think and collaborate. Awareness of your individual Thinking Style helps you leverage your strengths and focus your personal development. In relationships, knowing Thinking Styles helps collaborators play to each other’s strengths. And for organizations and teams, Thinking Styles is a quick and practical tool to accelerate collaboration, increase engagement and improve performance.

  • Unlearning Mental Models

    Short description — Update your mental models for success in a digital world
    Long description — In this time of transformation, some of our most cherished assumptions and beliefs become inaccurate. To embrace the new model of value creation, you first need to unlearn obsolete ways of thinking and update your mental models for success in a digital world. We’ll introduce key multipliers that accelerate network effects, leading to exponential results.

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