- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Portfolio (October 15, 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 073521350X
- ISBN-13: 978-0735213500
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 363 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Simon Sinek is an optimist and the bestselling author of Start With Why, Leaders Eat Last, Together Is Better, and Find Your Why. He is working to build a world in which the vast majority of us will wake up inspired, feel safe at work, and return home fulfilled at the end of the day. Learn more about his work at SimonSinek.com.
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Here is the basic concept: There are two types of games, the finite game and the infinite game. The finite game is easy to visualize; it's what takes place when kids sit down to play a game of Monopoly. There are specific players, set rules, and (at least in theory) a definite endpoint. The infinite game is more complex. As I understand it, players can drift in and out, be known or unknown; rules are in a state of flux; and there is no clear endpoint. Most important of all, you can not “win” the infinite game. You can not “win” marriage. Or friendship. Or careers. Or even life itself.
The point of the infinite game is to look beyond the immediate finite game that can be won (who has the better product or higher sales this quarter) and instead focus on a long-term cause that can make the world a better place.
Well written, smooth read.
BOTTOM LINE: While it's largely a business book, it should be mandatory reading for leaders of every ilk. Readjusting focus would make the world a better place.
Rather than use an “either/or” choice, as in either you are infinite or you are not, the reality today is that generally businesses today are an “and” as in infinite and finite.
Jeff Bezos provides a good example. Other companies I work with use an “and” approach in serving all stakeholders interests.
Personally, I really enjoyed this book because it helped me understand why some of the pieces of my life weren't fitting together properly and some of the hard choices I will have to make on the path to changing my mindset. I enjoyed that the writer gave many real examples of how not having an infinite mindset can cause companies to fail which made it easy for the reader to relate. Working in the financial industry where the focus is very much on sales, deadlines and the bottomline, I'm hoping I can build the courage to recommend this book to my CEO lol.
While briefly, it also showed how an infinite mindset can be applied to parenting and the sometimes very high expectations we have for our kids; I appreciated hearing this being a new mom.
Only thing left to say is buy the book and be open minded when reading it and hopefully you enjoy it as much as I did.
Thanks Simon Sinek for having the courage and mindset to write this book and I'm expecting sequels as you continue to play the infinite game :).