Book and BOOK AND MEDIA REVIEWS media reviews by Barry O’Reilly McGraw-Hill Education 240 p. Hardcover ISBN-10: 1260143015 ISBN-13: 978-1260143010 Review DOI 10.1108/TLO-07-2019-238 The underlying message of Barry O’Reilly’sbook “Unlearn: Let Go of Past Success to Achieve Extraordinary Results” is that great leaders must not only continuously learn new knowledge but also continuously unlearn obsolete knowledge. As the title suggests, unlearning is “the process of letting go of, moving away from, and reframing once-useful mindsets and acquired behaviors that were effective in the past, but now limit our success” (p. 3). Unlearning is crucial since it prevents us from being trapped in outdated thinking and practices that no longer work; O’Reilly’s mission is to help readers understand what to unlearn, when and how. The focus of the book is the Cycle of Unlearning, which includes three steps: Unlearn, Relearn and Breakthrough (p. 17). The author asserts that this is a transformative system that empowers leaders and organizations to discover the recipe for greater, longer-lasting success. The book consists of 12 chapters and an introduction which uses tennis superstar Serena Williams as an example illustrating the paradox of success. As O’Reilly relates, Serena Williams reached a point in her career
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