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067: Barry O’Reilly: Unlearning for Success

“Get good at trying.” Barry O’Reilly, entrepreneur and author (among other things), discusses how we can get out of own way. He shares the importance of unlearning old behaviors that are getting in our way, dreaming big but starting small, celebrating effort instead of results, knowing when to persist and when to pivot, and getting comfortable with trying new things.

After you listen, let me know your most important takeaway or a-ha moment from this conversation. Email me at ImperfectActionPodcast@gmail.com or tweet to @brocedwards.

 


Barry O’Reilly, Business Advisor, Entrepreneur, Keynote Speaker, Author, Podcaster

Barry O’Reilly is a business advisor, entrepreneur, and author who has pioneered the intersection of business model innovation, product development, organizational design, and culture transformation.

Barry works with business leaders and teams from global organizations that seek to invent the future, not fear it. Every day, Barry helps with many of the world’s leading companies, from disruptive startups to Fortune 500 behemoths, break the vicious cycles that spiral businesses toward death by enabling culture of experimentation and learning to unlock the insights required for better decision making, higher performance and results.

Barry is author of two bestsellers, Unlearn: Let Go of Past Success to Achieve Extraordinary Results, and Lean Enterprise: How High Performance Organizations Innovate at Scale—included in the Eric Ries series, and a Harvard Business Review must read for CEOs and business leaders. He is an internationally sought-after speaker, frequent writer and contributor to The Economist, Strategy+Business, and MIT Sloan Management Review.

Barry is faculty at Singularity University, advising and contributing to Singularity’s executive and accelerator programs based in San Francisco, and throughout the globe.

Barry is the founder of ExecCamp, the entrepreneurial experience for executives, and management consultancy Antennae.

His mission is to help purposeful, technology-led businesses innovate at scale.

Hear his new podcast at: Unlearn Podcast

Read Barry’s blog at: www.barryoreilly.com

Find out more about Unlearn at: www.unlearn.online

Find out more about ExecCamp at: www.execcamp.com

See what he has to say on Twitter: @barryoreilly


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