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About Barry O'Reilly
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 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 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.
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There’s a learning curve to running any successful business. But when leaders begin to rely on past achievements or get stuck in old thinking and practices that no longer work, they need to take a step back—and unlearn. This innovative and actionable framework from executive coach Barry O’Reilly shows leaders how to break the cycle and move away from once-useful mindsets and behaviors that were effective in the past but are no longer relevant in the current business climate and may now stand in the way of success.
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