Learning to unlearn is a critical skill any innovator should have.
Unlearning, at its core, means having the foresight to use the experience you’ve acquired in the past, while at the same time letting go of ideas that might not be relevant anymore.
This is the concept of Barry O’Reilly’s best-seller book Unlearn. If you haven’t read the book, I highly recommend it.
A few months back, I had the opportunity to interview Barry in my IoT Product Leadership podcast. I learned a lot in that discussion, and it continues to be one of my favorite episodes.
That’s why I was so excited when Barry invited me to be a guest in his popular Unlearn podcast. In this episode, we had a very candid conversation on the challenges corporate innovators face when driving new concepts in their company.
We discussed many topics including:
- The importance of discovery to better understand your customers.
- How critical it is to test and validate your ideas.
- Lessons learned for navigating large organizations.
- Tools to demonstrate the value of your work, especially when you are new in the organization.