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17 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Barry O'Reilly. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Barry O'Reilly, often where they are interviewed.

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17 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Barry O'Reilly. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Barry O'Reilly, often where they are interviewed.

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The Need for Unlearning in Rapid Exponential Change with Barry O'Reilly

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Barry O'Reilly is the international bestselling author of Unlearn: Let Go of Past Success to Achieve Extraordinary Results and Lean Enterprise: How High Performance Organizations Innovate at Scale.
In this episode, Larry and Barry discuss the nature of unlearning as a means for learning and relearning within rapid exponential change, methods of keeping up with exponential change and the way in which learning and education is being transformed in the new COVID Economy.
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Sep 10 2020 · 45mins
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Decoding AQ with Ross Thornley Feat. Barry O'Reilly- 'UNLEARN' to breakthrough

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Barry O’Reilly is an author, software developer, and founder of ExecCamp. Host Ross Thornley and Barry talk about his book, “Unlearn,” the importance of co-creation within the marketplace, and why most people adapt or die rather than experiment and learn while at the top of their industry. Barry and Ross also discuss the helpfulness of putting yourself into uncomfortable situations because you have a vision or a goal — and thinking big but starting small to feel successful. 


  • 1:14: Barry’s journey — in his own words
  • 6:42: The landscape shift in keeping up with the speed of change
  • 10:15: The background of unlearning and manifesting into a book
  • 14:29: The difficulty of unlearning 
  • 17:16: The correlation of the adaptability of people and organizations  
  • 24:28: Behaviors Barry has adopted to unlearn
  • 30:13: Becoming more adaptable when forced to make a change
  • 35:19: Adaptability in the context of the work Barry is doing
  • 38:29: How important is it to measure and reflect when trying to improve?


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Aug 04 2020 · 43mins

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Episode 5 - Learn to Unlearn, The Key to the New Normal, with Barry O'Reilly

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This episode of 'Conversations with Thought Leaders' is with best selling author, keynote speaker, and entrepreneur, Barry O'Reilly.  In this conversation Barry and David discuss how the Unlearn approach can help organisations and individuals to navigate and thrive in these uncertain times.

INSIGHT 1   Organisations need to look at the pandemic different, not a disruption, but as an accelerant of change and business improvement.  This is something that digitally enabled companies are best equipped to exploit and can now been seen to be responding to the new challenges and opportunities that the pandemic presents far more rapidly than their digitally inept competitors.

INSIGHT 2   The Unlearn process is the conscious approach of letting go of outdated information, and digesting new information to better inform decision making moving forward.  It is predicated on a think big, start small, and learn fast mantra.

INSIGHT 3   In the face of uncertainty, the natural reaction is to freeze and stop, to assess the situation.  This will only result in falling behind.  The way to navigate uncertainty is to learn your way through it, taking small steps, accepting that there will be small failures and successes, and using these constructively as a means to learn, and continually adjust the course.

This interview was part of an online forum that took place on Wednesday 10th June 2020, with more than 90 attendees signed in and posing questions from all around the world.

Jun 10 2020 · 54mins
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Master Communicator Podcast with Barry O'Reilly

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Master Communicator Podcast Episode # 80 with Barry O'Reilly. 

Barry is a business advisor and entrepreneur. 

He also wrote 2 books about sales called Unlearn and Lean Enterprise. Unlearn talks about how to innovate in new ways to find new success. Lean Enterprise talks about how companies are able to innovate at scale to maximize success.

 In this interview Barry talks about the good leadership skills he's had to develop and how communication is vital for any company to run effectively, 

You can learn more about Barry on Linkedin @ https://www.linkedin.com/in/barryoreilly/

Jun 01 2020 · 9mins

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Professor Barry O'Reilly of Assert & UCC

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Ronan talks to Professor Barry O’ Reilly of Assert & UCC who was involved with the development of the COVID-19 Remote Early Warning System also known as CREW. Professor O’Reilly talks about how the idea of CREW came about, how it works and what you need to use it. Professor O’Reilly also talks about how easy it is to implement and if they are thinking about selling it in other countries.
Apr 21 2020 · 19mins
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Episode 1: Unlearn by Barry O'Reilly

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In our very first episode, we’re taking this opportunity to interview Barry O’Reilly about his book Unlearn. I’ll be talking to Barry about how Unlearn aims to get us to change the behaviours and mindsets that prevent you and your businesses from moving forward. To then relearn new skills, strategies and innovations that can help you break old habits and encourage new ways of thinking by opening up to new ideas and perspectives to achieve extraordinary results. 

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Apr 16 2020 · 24mins
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Unlearn: THINK BIG. start small. Learn Fast with Barry O'Reilly

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A significant inhibitor for leadership teams is their ability to unlearn, particularly when their past behaviour has led to success. The same thinking that goes into product innovation applies for behaviour - we need to continually innovate to stay ahead of the game. Peter Nankervis talks to global thought leader and Author of Unlearn - Barry O'Reilly.
Nov 20 2019 · 32mins
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#2 Barry O'Reilly: Unlearning and creating culture change

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Show notes

  • Barry moving to America and the "American Dream" [0:06:11]
  • Experimentation as a lifestyle -- the kitchen table talk [0:13:14]
  • Navigating uncertainty [0:15:09]
  • Modeling behaviors [0:22:25]
  • Barry's hack to get new perspectives on problems you don't know how to solve [0:24:12]
  • Stumbling blocks in unlearning [0:26:36]
  • Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and "time to think" [0:31:07]
  • Barry's personal reflection practices [0:33:11]
  • "We're trained for more" [0:35:19]
  • How do I know I need to unlearn? [0:45:27]
  • Hotseat: Barry puts Andrew through unlearning exercise on the spot [0:48:11]
  • Andrew's embarrassing insight [0:54:50]
  • The #1 obstacle to being a learner [1:00:04]
  • "Steve always got it right" [1:02:24]
  • How to make being wrong, feel good [1:04:09]
  • Debunking the 10,000 hour rule [1:07:49]
  • The levels of deliberate practice [1:08:24]
  • Applying deliberate practice to day-to-day life [1:15:12]
  • Building systems & countermeasures around yourself to be successful [1:18:42]
  • The origin of the Enliven podcast [1:22:44]
  • How to start a cultural transformation [1:26:37]
  • Barry's #1 hack for meetings [1:33:01]

People, companies, books, etc mentioned


  • "If something important comes up, I'll put it on my calendar. But I'm going to make time for thinking."
  • making two or three bets and exploring them well is better than making one hundred bets and half-assing them"
  • "I've been right a million times...and it's bought me jack shit."
  • "Innovation is new insight that leads to better action"
  • "we're building these systems that are so example that we don't even know how they work"
  • "in all our meetings we just talk about output, the things we got done...if we're going to be agile we have to talk about outcomes"
  • "organizational transformation is just the collective impact of individual transformation"

Lessons and key takeaways

  • how eager am I to get information that is contrary to my view?
  • the essentials to unlearning: curiosity, ownership
  • reflection is a habit of top performers
  • signs you need to unlearn
    • challenge facing and not living up to expectation
    • place you're struggling or avoiding a challenge
    • tried everything can think of and not getting results you want
  • What's the real outcome you're aiming for?
  • when frustrated with the obstacles, zoom back out to the outcomes in order to discover new things to try
  • we often know what to do...but we can't execute shared things on our own
  • Andy Grove and Steve Jobs "getting it right"
  • create and cultivate a personal board of directors to re-energize and gain new perspectives
  • always have agency for how we show up in a system—so it starts with us—and each of us has a
Nov 05 2019 · 1hr 34mins
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038 | Learn To Unlearn And Achieve Extraordinary Results, With Barry O'Reilly

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Manuj Aggarwal and Barry O'Reilly, the author of the Book "Unlearn: Let Go of Past Success to Achieve Extraordinary Results", and co-author of the international bestseller "Lean Enterprise: How High-Performance Organizations Innovate at Scale", discuss many things about the process of unlearning and relearning of organizations and individuals in order to achieve continuous success.

What are you waiting for? Tune In Now!

In this episode, we will learn about:

  • Why do you need to unlearn and relearn
  • How to learn from the challenges you face
  • What unlearning – relearning is
  • What success is
  • How to navigate while facing uncertainty
  • How to convince others to unlearn
  • What to do when you are failing
  • How to deal with business transformation
  • Common characteristics of successful organizations and individuals

About Barry O'Reilly

Barry O'Reilly is the author of "Unlearn: Let Go of Past Success to Achieve Extraordinary Results," and co-author of the international bestseller "Lean Enterprise: How High-Performance Organizations Innovate at Scale" —included in the Eric Ries series, and a Harvard Business Review. He is an internationally sought-after speaker, frequent writer, and contributor to The Economist, Strategy+Business, and MIT Sloan Management Review.

Barry O'Reilly works with business leaders and teams from global organizations that seek not to fear the future but invent it. He has been an entrepreneur, employee, and consultant. After several startups, his focus shifted towards the enterprise, where he has pioneered the intersection of business model innovation, product development, organizational design, and culture transformation.

  • Education: Barry O'Reilly is graduated from the Technological University Dublin in Business Information Systems and Management.
  • Experience: Barry is faculty at Singularity University, advising and contributing to Singularity's executive and accelerator programs based in San Francisco, and throughout the globe.

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Jun 18 2019 · 35mins
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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

Special Guest: Barry O'Reilly.

Mar 13 2019 · 39mins