The Infinite Game

The Infinite Game

Do you know how to play the game you're in?

In finite 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.

Title:The Infinite Game
ISBN:9780735213500
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  • Mehrsa

    I was going to avoid reading this book and I knew I was going to fail to avoid reading this book because these sorts of books are my weakness. I did not like for the same reason I knew I was not going...

  • s e a n

    This is a review of the book and not the concept. And full disclosure: I’m a Simon Sinek stan and I have been powerfully moved by Start With/Find Your Why and it was a catalyst for wholesale review ...

  • Seth Davis

    I'll give this book a rather generous 4 stars. It starts slow and seemingly as pure author conjecture. Basically, the point is that it if you only focus on the near-term results you'll lose over the l...

  • Boni Aditya

    So, Simon Sinek decides to publish yet another book about Leadership. No Wonder! His last book - Leaders Eat Last is an epic.His stories reminded of moral science stories that were told over and over ...

  • Tnu Vahtra

    I got the first warning with Find Your WHY that Sinek's "best before" might be passing but I ignored this warning hoping to find something at the level of Start with WHY or Leaders Eat Last, but this ...

  • Alexander Rivas

    This is such a well-timed book for the internship I have right now because I can see how the company is playing the game they are in. All the case studies in this book reinforce the idea of having an ...

  • Gregory Koberger

    I heard about this a lot on twitter and wanted to give it a try. Like many business books, it uses the formula of taking a simple premise and attributing the success of every successful company to sim...

  • Daniel Arajo

    Sinek had an interesting idea, one that is worth exploring: finite VS infinite games. The first chapter covers it. All the rest are stories trying to fit a loose framework built to make it a book. It ...

  • Russ

    I would best describe this as a whiny rant against the modern incarnation of capitalism and the psycho and sociopaths that run them. Sinek does well to differentiate between the finite game of busines...

  • Maddie Nastase

    It's good to have you back, Simon!...