Episode 57

Unlearn with Barry O'Reilly

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Unlearn With Barry O'Reilly

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Our guest today is Barry O’Reilly, author of the book “Unlearn: Let Go of Past Success to Achieve Extraordinary Results”. In it, he sets out a process for defining outcomes, identifying behaviors that might help or hinder reaching the outcomes, and then unlearning existing behaviors and relearning new ones. We talk about how that process works, how to use it yourself, how it might fail, and what Barry unlearned for himself in the process of writing the book. We’d like to hear from you. What’s something you’ve needed to unlearn to reach success? Let us know at techdoneright.io/57 or on Twitter at @tech_done_right


Barry O’Reilly: Author of Unlearn: Let Go of Past Success to Achieve Extraordinary Results. Unlearn website. Author of Lean Enterprise: How High Performance Organizations Innovate at Scale with Jez Humble and Joanne Molesky, barryoreilly.com.


03:15 - Letting Go and Unlearning Past Behavior

07:17 - How to Achieve and Define Positive Outcomes

15:25 - Unlearning as a Continuous Cycle

20:25 - Think Big, Smart Small, and Learn Fast

26:14 - When People Don’t Succeed

29:03 - Being Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable

31:30 - Learning to Unlearn

33:00 - Focusing on Deliberate Reflection

34:55 - Unlearning and Leadership Roles

36:56 - Getting Started with Unlearning

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