outward thinking is the ability to frame your thoughts in a larger context. that means thinking about how your actions might affect other people or even other concepts. here are few examples:
i believe the world needs more outward thinking and outward acting people. i'm constantly amazed at the level of people naive sense of the larger issues. i've seen this in many areas, whether its my friends having no clue why al gore just won a noble piece prize (like it or not). or whether its fellow programmers getting lost in the mundane tasks, they lost the ability to come up for air and really evaluate the problem.
a good analogy for this concept is the blinders that are used on horses, so that the horses are only focused on whats in front. blinders make you lose sight of your neighbors. blinders make you lose sight of the larger problem. blinders trick you into thinking that the next mundane task is the only possible next move. basically, i think blinders suck. but, yet there are too many people with blinders on.
i try to outward think as much as possible for several reasons:
outward thinking is very important to me. its something that i've been working on these past few years. its maybe something that i grew when playing and coaching baseball all these years, but was too blinded to see it.