Unlearn—Cultivating Behaviors and Mindset for Extraordinary Results | San Francisco | March 8

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Unlearn—Cultivating Behaviors and Mindset for Extraordinary Results | San Francisco | March 8


Effective leadership comes with a steep learning curve. Yet when leaders begin to rely too heavily on past achievements or get stuck in outdated thinking and practices that no longer work, they need to take a step back―and unlearn.

The Cycle of Unlearning is a transformative system developed by Barry O’Reilly from coaching executives and entrepreneurs from Fortune 500 companies to disruptive startups in Silicon Valley that shows leaders how to rethink their strategies, retool their capabilities, and revitalize their businesses for stronger, longer-lasting success.

This innovative and actionable framework captured in Barry’s best selling book, Unlearn: Let Go of Past Success to Achieve Extraordinary Results shows you how to recognize and let go of, move away from, and reframing once-useful mindsets and acquired behaviors that were effective in the past, but now limit your success.

With this simple but powerful three-step system, you’ll discover how to:

  • Unlearn the behaviors and mindsets that prevent you and your businesses from moving forward.

  • Relearn new skills, strategies, and innovations that are transforming the world every day.

  • Break through old habits and thinking by opening up to new ideas and perspectives to achieve extraordinary results.

Packed with relatable anecdotes, powerful tools and real-world examples, this unique workshop walks you through every step of the unlearning process. You’ll discover new ways of thinking and leading in every industry.

You’ll identify what you need to unlearn, what to stop, what to keep, and what to change. By intentionally and routinely applying the system of unlearning, you’ll be able to adapt your mindset, adopt new behaviors, acquire new skills, and explore new options that will totally transform your performance and the business you lead.

This workshop will help you let go of the past, and encourage your teams and organization to do the same. When you think big but start small, choose courage over comfort, and become curious to tackle uncertainty, you can achieve new levels of success you never dreamed possible.

Good leaders know they need to continuously learn. But great leaders know when to unlearn the past to succeed in the future. This workshop shows you the way.

Learning Outcomes

In this workshop, you will:

  • Learn to use a systematic approach to adapting your behaviors and mindset in order to meet the demands of an exponential rate of innovation we face

  • Discover how to let go, reframe, and rethink past successes in order to succeed in the future

  • Identify and address the personal obstacles that you need to unlearn

  • Challenge your thinking, get outside your comfort zone, and achieve results beyond what you thought was possible.

  • Design new behaviors to help you address your most pressing challenges to achieve extraordinary results

  • Coach others, teams and organizations how to unlearn and continuously adapt in an ever-changing world

What People Are Saying

“To succeed, it’s critical for everyone, from executives to entrepreneurs, to know how to let go of behavior and methods that have helped them achieve in the past but are now limiting. Unlearn explains how to enter into a continuous cycle of replacing old ideas and models with new ones in order to adapt in an ever-changing world. Founded on clear principles and filled with stories from the field, it advocates for courage over comfort not just now, but in whatever circumstances the future offers up.”

—ERIC RIES, Founder, Long-Term Stock Exchange, and author of The Startup Way and The Lean Startup

“Surprisingly, many of the attributes that enabled small companies to scale into large ones are now the very things that impede their future prospects. Some telltale signs of trouble include administration replacing true leadership, process morphing into bureaucracy and red tape, and past successes inhibiting the ability to drive needed change. All this leads to a culture that sacrifices speed, client centricity, and innovation. Successful companies are mission driven and customer and employee obsessed, and they passionately preserve the founding mission of the organization while having the humility to unlearn the tried-and-true ways of the past. This book is an essential reminder that the ability to unlearn is an enduring core competency of extraordinary individuals—and the winning organizations they lead.”


“Many executives and entrepreneurs hang on to thinking and methods that were once useful, but may limit their future success. Apply the lessons in Unlearn and unlock the full potential in yourself, your teams, and your organization.”

—NOELLE EDER, Chief Information and Digital Officer, Hilton

“The only thing that is constant is change. And it’s happening faster and faster. Disruption is ongoing, yet leaders tend to think incrementally about the future. Barry shows us a better way: the only way to disrupt yourself before someone does it for you is to unlearn, separate yourself from what has worked in the past in order to create an open space to shape the future. A great read for any leader in fast-moving environments faced with the realization that what worked in the past won’t work in the future.”

—STEPHANE KASRIEL, CEO, Upwork, and Co-Chair, Future Council in Education, Gender and Work, Global World Economic Forum

“We work in a world of complexity, revolutionary technologies, and dynamic change. The only advantage is people—people who are engaged and can rapidly learn and unlearn. That’s why I love Barry O’Reilly’s new book, Unlearn. It correctly magnifies a vital and often overlooked concept, the importance of unlearning for organizational success. Typically, organizations lose capability and innovation by their inability to unlearn ideas that are no longer relevant. This book provides guidance on the steps to take to form a culture of learning and unlearning.”

—EDWARD J. HOFFMAN, PhD, former Chief Knowledge Officer, NASA, and Academic Director, Information and Knowledge Strategy, Columbia University

“Unlearn lays out an easy-to-use system to constantly challenge what we think we know. Barry draws from a wealth of relevant and relatable examples to help us better understand how we can apply the powerful principles in our own lives. Reading Unlearn inspired me to challenge many of my own old mindsets and ideals, and I’ve seen a considerable improvement in my own results and outcomes. Inspiring work!”

—STEPHEN ORBAN, General Manager, Amazon Web Services, and author of Ahead in the Cloud

“The only way to thrive in a world of accelerating change driven by exponential technologies is through adaptability and continuous learning. Barry O’Reilly has identified the critical first step: unlearning the past. Unlearn is a methodical playbook for breaking ourselves away from the anchors of the past and accelerating into the future.”

—ROB NAIL, Associate Founder and CEO, Singularity University


This workshop is for you if you are:

  • An executive, director, or business and technology leader responsible for increasing organizational performance

  • Keen to improve your leadership and adaptability skills

  • Involved in facilitating growth and development of your team, business unit or entire organization

  • Coaching individuals and teams trying to achieve higher performance

  • Aiming to bring new practices, methods or mindset to your organization but struggling to achieve results

  • A coach or consultant looking to sharpen your skills, and learn new models and methods

About Your Facilitator

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.

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

See what he has to say on Twitter: @barryoreilly


Workshop will start at 900 AM and complete by 500 PM

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