Summary of The Inside-Out Effect

A Practical Guide to Transformational Leadership

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The Inside-Out Effect book summary
Find personal fulfillment by aligning your external goals with your innermost values.


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Most success manuals recommend changing yourself to reach your goals. Consultants Behnam Tabrizi and Michael Terrell take the opposite approach. They believe you should change your goals to align with your innermost self. Mount an expedition into your psyche, align your life with the values you find within and use the resulting confidence to lead others more effectively. Tabrizi and Terrell’s exercises and tactics aren’t entirely new and some are described so vaguely that they’re hard to put into practice. But the authors’ central idea is refreshing, and their exercises should provide usable insights into your fundamental character. getAbstract recommends this breezy, encouraging book to businesspeople looking for a distinctive route to fulfillment.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to identify your true calling
  • How to set personal and career goals that align with your calling
  • Why living your calling makes you a better leader


The Problem
Your pursuit of happiness will find only futility if you go at it backward. People often chase happiness and fulfillment from the “outside-in”: They strive to reach a series of external goals, such as attaining certain jobs, possessions or relationships. But if these external...
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About the Authors

Behnam Tabrizi, a consulting professor at Stanford’s Department of Management Science and Engineering, has written five books. Michael Terrell founded the Terrell Leadership Group.

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