The author of Start With Why and speaker of one of the most watched Ted Talks of all time. In The Infinite Game, Simon Sinek applies game theory to explore how great businesses achieve long-lasting success.
What’s it about?
How do you win a game that has no end?
According to James Carse, in finite games, there are known players, with fixed rules and a clear endpoint. In infinite games like business or politics or life itself, there are no fixed players, rules are changeable and there is no winning, no endpoint.
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, effort, morale and ultimately performance.
The leaders who embrace an infinite mindset are the ones who have the resilience to thrive in an ever-changing world and lead the rest of us into the future.
Sinek identifies and elaborates on five essential practices for leaders that want to adopt an infinite mindset:
Advance a Just cause
Build Trusting teams
Study your Worthy Rivals
Prepare for Existential Flexibility
Demonstrate the courage to lead.
Sinek also talks about Ethical Fading, identified as “a condition in a culture that allows people to act in unethical ways in order to advance their own interests, often at the expense of others, while falsely believing that they have not compromised their own moral principles.”
What I liked about the book?
I’ve always been a huge fan of Simon Sinek. He’s one of my favourite authors and his ideas are always fascinating.
The lesson taught by Sinek in this book is something that we can not only apply to our businesses but also to our personal life. There is no winning in marriage or friendship, so let’s start looking at them with an infinite mindset.
This book acts like a checklist to find out which organizations around us are playing the infinite game and thereby are likely to do better in the long-term.
Sinek does his research. He uses different lessons ranging from the army and the Vietnam war to Apple and Kodak. Those stories can be quite a fun read!
“No matter how successful we are in life, when we die, none of us will be declared the winner of life.”
What did I not like about the book?
At times, the book might feel a little similar to Sinek’s first book, Start With Why.
Even though The Infinite Game does a good job of inspiring us for a better future, it does not do a great job in providing us with practical guidance on how we can implement these lessons in our businesses.
Sinek’s Just Cause is to create a world where people wake up inspired to go to work and fulfilled with the work they do. The book does a good job in inspiring us to build a future like that. The corporate world today is filled with scandals and malpractice lawsuits. Whether you’re a student, employee or a leader yourself, this is a book that everyone should read to know how business should really be conducted.
Rating - 7.5/10
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Thank you for reading my review. Hope you enjoy the book!