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The Outward Mindset: Seeing Beyond Ourselves

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  1,376 ratings  ·  160 reviews
The Arbinger Institute has helped millions with their books Leadership and Self-Deception and The Anatomy of Peace. Their newest book, The Outward Mindset, reflects their latest research and experience and offers a new and intuitive way to teach people how to implement mindset change in themselves and scale it across organizations, with incredible effect.

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Paperback, 208 pages
Published June 13th 2016 by Berrett-Koehler Publishers
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Nope. Not particularly advanced. Many schemes. Too many schemes, were the authors bitten by an McK consultant?
Yeah, some examples are sort of OK, still, the most of the 'juice' feels lefft out of the picture. Probably, to keep competition from using stuff on their own. Again, consulting-style.
Erica T
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Our school district asked everyone to read this book so I did. There are some really great ideas in here to help improve not only relationships with coworkers and students but also with my own family members. It’s easy to get caught up in worrying about ourselves, and this book has great advice and examples on looking outside ourselves. How can I help someone else? How can I make their job better? How is what I’m doing affecting others (good or bad)? This feels like a book that needs to be rerea ...more
Nov 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Super basic. It leaves a lot of unanswered questions, but some good tips and reminders one can implement at work.
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Again another book from the ArBinjour Institute which I liked overall. Not as good as the two previous books called anatomy of peace and leadership and self perception But this was good and corroborated a lot of what they said in those previous two books. Here are some my favourite parts from this book

•I can say with certainty captain newson said when those who quit took the first steps towards the bell the moment they stop thinking about the mission and the teammates and started thi
Dec 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: business, psychology
Yes, focusing on others--on customers, on employees, on the heads of other teams and departments, on the company as a whole instead of on just your piece of the pie--will get you further than only focusing inward. This book has great examples of the why's and some good tips on the how's. There are also polarities involved in this huge shift. Adam Grant's Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success for example, points out that Givers succeed over the long run only if they have boundaries. And per ...more
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: autumn-bingo
I read this after completing a two day workshop at my hospital. So the concepts were not new to me. I found the writing a little basic and there are a bunch of illustrations. While it was not a big book, it could have been even smaller if it had been tightened up and better edited. The stories were the best part - they at least could give some context for how the outward mindset could be implemented. It is a good project - but there are several problem with how it's being implemented at my workp ...more
Dana M.
Jan 08, 2017 rated it liked it
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Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another triumph by the Arbinger Institute. It’s filled with examples of how having an outward mindset can enlarge and improve your life on every level.

One great quote (partially quoted in the book)—

How much larger your life would be if your self could become smaller in it; if you could really look at other men with common curiosity and pleasure; if you could see them walking as they are in their sunny sefishness and their virile indifference! You would begin to be interested in them
Michael Escalante
Arbinger's core ideas and concepts are powerful and have significantly impacted me over the years. That said, The Outward Mindset failed to add much to their previous works. The book introduced some new language which felt more quaint and reductive than it did informative or helpful. The book wandered and lacked focus. There were a few beautiful stories scattered throughout and I think some would still find it a worthwhile read, particularly if unfamiliar with Arbinger's other works. However, be ...more
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: stephbe
I am fascinated about mindset and the difference you can make to your life by being aware of and making changes to your current mindset can make.
Now I am delving deeper into different types of mindset. I defiantly have an outward mindset, I could recognise my behaviours throughout this book. What interested me was how to sustain it when the going gets tough and how to facilitate organisational change using awareness to outward mindset. I think this book would be particularly useful to chan
Kresimir Mudrovcic
Jul 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Interesting read, but the worst out of all Arbinger Institute books. It feels that topics are covered too briefly and with a lack of any science behind it. Still, it is a good food for thought for everyone to start thinking in a more outward way.
Bill Warden
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: business
A pretty good book talking about making sure that you focus on helping others and not yourself.
Anneli Hardy
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Quick read but a very good thought provoking concept. We need to realize that our lives are to be lived to help others.
Aug 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sienna by: Hoopla
A hopeful book to read in what feels like selfish times.
I listened to this one and my one complaint was that the narrator didn't read any of the charts or graphs. I was so enthralled with the ideas in the book that I'm going to buy myself a copy (and then I can read the graphs) so that I can mark it up and refer back to it again and again.
Brad P
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An outstanding book on leadership and what it take to take care of others. I wish it was mandatory reading in every new hire orientation.
Jody Phillips
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This small book is loaded with anecdotes used to teach the principle that "the biggest lever for change is not a change in self-belief but a fundamental change in the way one sees and regards ones connections with and obligations to others."

I desire to improve how I see my connections and obligations to others. I filtered much of the information from this book through the lens of my own experience. Using Gretchen Rubin personal tendency quiz from Better Than Before and clearly seeing
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a good book and reminder to get outside ourselves, think about the bigger picture, and how what we do affects others, whether in business organizations, teams, or families. When we focus on seeing others as people, listening, leading with humility, and understanding collective results, we can empower ourselves and others. Sometimes we have to be the first to change, but when we look outward we are able to improve and help others to do the same.

Here are a few quotes I liked fr
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've now read three related but separate books by The Arbinger Institute - and all are very well-written (and well narrated on Audible), easy to understand and implement, and, in my opinion, important to put into action. Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box was the first I read, then The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict which actually is a prequel to the first but written after, and now The Outward Mindset ties it together and expands what the lessons are - treating people as peopl ...more
Vanessa Princessa
I read this book thanks to Blinkist.

At first I was very skeptical about this book, because it said that in order to succeed you should always strive to give to others. I believe that people are incredibly self-centered and back-stabbing, so it took time to convince me. But then, I read this passage, and realized that there is a lot of truth to this:

"’s better to develop an outward mindset or one that’s focused on the needs and feelings of others. To do so, you need o
Quinton Baran
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book that discusses what the outward mindset is and how it can be applied in many different situations, including police forces, military operations, business operations from the top, to middle management, to front line workers, and also how it can be applied in the home.

The outward mindset focuses on seeing the needs, objectives, and challenges of four main groups (which can be altered based on particular circumstance): managers, customers, peers, and reports. In doing so, their n
Nov 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Exceptional book! I've always known that happiness comes from looking outward toward others, but this book also relates real-life examples of how it can bring success to an organization, a company, a family.

It made me stop and think about not only how I treat others but more importantly about how I view others -- do I view them as real people with needs, objectives, and challenges or merely objects in my way of doing and thinking. If my mindset changes more outwardly, my actions will
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
There were a lot of instances I was appalled to be reading instances where people needed to be reminded to treat people as humans instead of objects, especially in the case of the Vietnamese patient. That it took the room of medical professionals getting up to leave and one person saying to herself, “I wonder what it’s like to be her,” for these people to even think of getting a translator is infuriating to me. But I guess therein lies the beauty of this book. All of the other people in that roo ...more
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
An outward mindset is a fundamental shift in how we function within our world. It's a practical guide to putting into place the mantra -- it's not about me and to living a life of serving others for the right motive. The concept of an outward mindset is very simple and could be addressed in a whitepaper. The value of this book is not in the presentation of the concept but in the many stories provided to illustrate its application in a variety of contexts, and to contrast it with an inward mindse ...more
Bryan Tanner
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it

In The Outward Mindset, the Arbinger Institute spends nearly 200 pages to argue a single point: when people focus on helping others achieve their goals and all will thrive. (I.e., People and organizations with an inward-mindset do things. Outward-mindset people and organizations help others to be able to do things.)


"With an inward mindset, people behave in ways that are calculated to benefit themselves. With an outward mindset, people are able to consider and behave in ways that further the collective results t/>
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. It has to do with changing your view of those around you in ways that will help both you and them become better people. The philosophy is used to help people in their personal lives as well as organizations and businesses. I enjoyed this book because it caused me to think more about the needs of others and what I can do to help those around me. I'm a believer in what it teaches; that changing your mindset will positively affect yourself and those around you. The book do ...more
Koen Wellens
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, non-fiction
In comparison to the other books, The Outward Mindset does not follow one character in a workshop about the topic. Instead, the Arbinger Institute has bundled together examples they came across themselves. Whether it was the institute itself that had an inward minset or companies where they went to consult, that does not matter. No examples, from any context, are spared.

What really strikes me when reading these kind of books, is that I really want to do something with this. The Arbin
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I actually read this book a couple of times. My husband and I enjoyed reading it out loud together.

The premise of the book is that families, individuals and organizations function better and more effectively when they have an “outward mindset”-that is, when they are able to consider the needs, objective and goals of others.

The book shares several interesting and inspiring examples of individuals and organizations that were able to do this-and the positive results that followed. As w
Benjamin Galecki
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another good book by the Arbinger Institute. A fast read that will remind one that the responses we receive from others largely depend on what they see in us. Do we see others' needs, objectives, and challenges. Are we responding to them as a person first without expectation. What are we going to do to help others fulfill their needs, meet their objectives, and overcome their challenges.

Answering these questions comes with a trap. We can be well-meaning and still inwardly focused. We
Mark Sturgell
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Outward Mindset is not a parable, thank goodness, but a long-overdue, straightforward account using real examples of how to explicitly bring about mindset change. This is a quick read, which will reinforce anyone who already understands that assumptions and attitudes - our habits of thought or mindset - drives our behaviors and the results we get, especially in our relationships as leaders. It will also make the case doe the same understanding for pure behaviorists. It is the perfect compani ...more
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Arbinger was founded in 1979. Since then, Arbinger has worked with thousands of individuals and organizations and helped them to transform their effectiveness and performance.

Early on, Arbinger’s growth was fueled solely by clients who spread the word about Arbinger’s impact. Arbinger’s public profile was then dramatically increased by the global success of its first book, Leadership &
“If we don’t measure the impact of our efforts on the objectives of those we are serving, we will remain blind to important ways we need to adjust and will end up not serving others well.” 2 likes
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