The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek – [PDF Download]

Infinite games, like football or chess, the players are known, the rules are fixed, and the endpoint is clear. The winners and losers are easily identified. In infinite games, like business or politics or life itself, the players come and go, the rules are changeable, and there is no defined endpoint.

There are no winners or losers in an infinite game; there is only ahead and behind. The more I started to understand the difference between finite and infinite games, the more I began to see infinite games all around us. I started to see that many of the struggles that organizations face exist simply because their leaders were playing with a finite mindset in an infinite game.

These organizations tend to lag behind in innovation, discretionary effort, morale, and ultimately performance. The leaders who embrace an infinite mindset, in stark contrast, build stronger, more innovative, more inspiring organizations. Their people trust each other and their leaders.

They have the resilience to thrive in an ever-changing world, while their competitors fall by the wayside. Ultimately, they are the ones who lead the rest of us into the future. Any worthwhile undertaking starts with Why – the purpose, cause, or belief that inspires us to do what we do and inspires others to join us.

Good leaders know how to build Circles of Safety that promote trust and cooperation throughout their organizations. But that’s not enough to help us chart a course through the unpredictable, often chaotic landscape of today’s marketplace. I now believe that the ability to adopt an infinite mindset is a prerequisite for any leader who aspires to leave their organization in better shape than they found it. 

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What a remarkable book! For many years I’ve felt so many different emotions about how I need to contribute to infinite ends. This book gave me so much of the wording that I’ve been feeling but haven’t been able to express. The book is written as a great follow-up to his book Start With Why.

It brings this need for foundational reasons a whole lot further with an opportunity to understand how we fit within the long-lasting and infinite stream of problems that we face. Infinite games as opposed to finite games have no end in sight. The goal is not to get to a final end – something that is measurable in that we can chalk up to success.

The goal of an infinite game is if you keep contributing and, as has been said many times, leave this world your organization or whatever else better than when you first got there. By thinking of yourself as an infinite player, you can weather the storm of finite issues. You can say no to the pressures of unethical behavior that are often found when seeking to justify finite means.

The book provides many case studies within the industry that show the difference between those that have been finite-minded, and who ultimately end up using all their resources, versus those that are infinite-minded and are able to adapt and keep moving forward. “Finite-minded leaders employ a strategy or tactic that will help them make the numbers.

People start to realize that nothing and no one is safe. In response, they switch to self-preservation mode.” “And infinite minded leader does not simply want to build a company that can weather change but one that can be transformed by it. You want to build a company that embraces surprises and adapts to them.

They are resilient.” Certainly, a timely and wonderful book as I transition in my career. A book that can be used to ignite others around me who are interested, like me, to play in an infinite game with the short time we have in this world.

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Author Simon Sinek
Book Title The Infinite Game
Language English
Pages 200
Size 5.45 MB

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