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The Infinite Game

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  11,375 ratings  ·  1,193 reviews
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 los
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by Portfolio
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Nov 08, 2019 rated it liked it
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 to like it: it's a book full of cherrypicked stories of success and failure that tries to tie up a theory into a neat binary that shows how to fail and how to succeed. In this book, it's about infinite games vs. finite games. And the same stories of success: apple vs. microsoft, Blockbuster vs. Net ...more
s e a n
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
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 of my leadership approach. Leaders Eat Last was similarly inspiring.

The concept of infinite rather than finite games is compelling. The first chapter adequately explains finite and infinite games, explains what a just cause is and how to measure/identify it. This is where the great concept is let dow
kartik narayanan
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a good book which takes the concept of finite/infinite games to organizations and their leaders. While I never felt like putting it down even once, in retrospect, I think most of what Simon Sinek wanted to say, could have been said in less than fifty pages. But I guess that is par for the course. And I am happy I started off 2020 with this book.
Daniel Araújo
Dec 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
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 should be a (very good) medium post, in my view.
Bjoern Rochel
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
For the first half of the book I thought “a typical Sinek: Good Message but probably could have been half the pages”.

Then came the parts where he talks about the negative impact of the „Shareholder value“ concept coined by Milton Friedman and introduces the concept of „Ethical Fading“ that happens on the race to win or to reach short term results/KPIs. (BTW: If you need another reason for disliking Friedman, I can highly recommend Naomi Klein’s Shock Doctrine)

Anyway, these hit home with me, hav
Florin Roșoga
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
It's like a new way of seing my life and my business. I could say that in some way for me is a new mental model, I just incorporated. Anyway, a great read that completed ideas I already had in mind mind, but didnt know how to articulate them and put them into practice. ...more
Boni Aditya
Nov 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: leadership, corporate
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 again in our childhood. To push us down the path of morality, ethics etc...

But there is a stark difference between his previous works and this one, though the content remains the same i.e. Leadership and Professional Ethics! His examples used to be extremely well picked, and apt for the concept bein
Mariana Macedo
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
“Our lives are finite, but life is infinite. We are the finite players in the infinite game of life. We come and go, we’re born and we die, and life still continues with us or without us. There are other players, some of them are our rivals, we enjoy wins and we suffer losses, but we can always keep playing tomorrow (until we run out of the ability to stay in the game). And no matter how much money we make, no matter how much power we accumulate, no matter how many promotions we’re given, none o ...more
Tõnu Vahtra
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 book does not reach to that level. I was annoyed by the fact how the author was conflicting with his own preaching (tolerance and seeking synergies) when coming back again and again to criticize Jack Welch (General Motors), Microsoft (while over-idealizing Apple), Collins and others. In some cases i ...more
Alexander Rivas
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-books-read
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 approach to the business your in as an infinite game. This goes contrary to what most businesses do and what seems logical, that nothing lasts forever and milk it for all its worth. Plus you add variables like pleasing the shareholders who seek appreciation and dividends on their investments, and th ...more
Seth Davis
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
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 long term. It's a concept you want to believe in. However, for the first half of the book, there is little support for the case. In the second half, there are stronger anecdotes as evidence to point out why people want to be involved. To no one's surprise Apple shows up large in the long term vision ...more
Mihkel Pukk
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
I put it down about a 3rd of a way in, didn't finish.
I wanted to like it. I like to watch Simon's talks at conferences.
I saw him talk about the concept 2 year ago and loved it, still do.

But he lost me already on the second paragraph of the book.
I like the opposing concepts of infinite and finite mind sets. I like how it adds another layer to the Why. But for some reason he decided that the Why and the 'just cause' (driver behind infinite mind set) are totally different things. I didn't get that.
Georgi Nenov
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is by far the best one coming out of the author. If "Start with WHY" can be summarized in 20 minute video (Check Simon's TEDx video with the same title) "The Infinite Game" is way, way deeper and more meaningful. It hits important ideas like "vision" and "values" from the management perspective. There are no repetitive examples and stories, the summaries are simple and straight-forward and I am simply blown away by the first listen (I'm an audiobook enthusiast), I can wait to start ove ...more
Jacob Edwards
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sinek gives powerful and encouraging words to addressing the tension felt in profit driven leadership and argues for a human centered mindset that orbits around vision and mission, what he calls a "Just Cause". This book is for you if you ever longed or dreamed to be a different type of leader who does more than excel at corporate growth, but to be a leader who moves others to the most good.

I highly recommend The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek.
Frank Theising
Feb 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: economics
Of Simon Sinek’s books on leadership, I thought this one worked better as a book than his previous works which could have been summed up in a short article or TED talk. He admits himself, infinite games are not a new idea, but one that he is trying to popularize. This book brings back to mind, compliments, and actually helps to explain in layman’s terms, a more difficult book from my military education called Pure Strategy that similarly argued that the goal of any leader should be continuat ...more
Jonathan Hord
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I don't normally like business inspiration books, but The Infinite Game doesn't hold back. It's not a list of great CEOs, it's a list of the worst CEOs and how we can learn from their mistakes. What a fascinating angle and book. Give it a read. ...more
Maree Kimberley
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved the ideas in this book, & plan on re-reading it so I can absorb more. Especially now withbthe climate challenges facing our world, an infinite mindset is imperative.
Daniel Pereira
Aug 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
“When leaders exercise the Courage to Lead, the people who work inside their organization will start to reflect that same courage. Like children who mirror their parents, so too do employees mirror their leaders. Leaders who prioritizes themselves over the group breed cultures of employees who prioritize their own advancement over the health of the company. The Courage to Lead begets the Courage to Lead.”

This is one of a few quotes that made me think of experiences I had in past companies I work
Katerina Trajchevska
Jan 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Amazingly inspirational, as everything that comes from Simon Sinek is. All concepts he introduces seem so straightforward, yet it's mindboggling how far they are from the reality we live in.

The main idea of the book is that unlike finite games where we fight to win, life and business are an infinite game. There can't be a winner in an infinite game. It's impossible to be the best, you can just strive to continuously become better.

The book shifts the perspective from looking at competitors as so
Jan 23, 2021 rated it did not like it
Read the actual Carse book that this book is based on instead of the mutated regurgitation in this book. The five “lessons” are generic enough to find in any old business book and the examples are retrofitted to each piece of trite advice, whether it makes sense or not.
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well written with lots of good advice, as usual. In this book, Simon Sinek is not trying to make a point or "win" the argument, he is simply trying to share with his readers his vision of a world where everyone feels happy and fulfilled.

Once he explains what an "infinite mindset" leader is and how she thinks, he moves on to provide several traps and landmines of trying to operate with an infinite mindset in a world that is largely "finite minded". The traps are often set by our own tendencies a
Oct 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 business with clear cut winners and losers and the infinite game played by long term visionaries who take a more nuanced look at capitalism. Milton Friedman and Wall Street come off roughly as the villians in the new form (according to the author) of share price maximization and management compensation fra ...more
Sri Shivananda
I loved this book!

Life, business and leadership are infinite games. They are that are not bound by a window of time, players or fixed rules. They are not measured in wins and losses, but, the concept of being ahead or falling behind. Simon talks about playing the long term game with a just cause for which becomes a singular purpose, building trusting teams, having worthy rivals, being strategically flexible and having courage. Gems in every chapter.

As I listened, it caused me to pause, smile,
Gregory Koberger
Jan 05, 2020 rated it liked it
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 simply following the title of the book. It probably could have been a tweet stream more than a book, but overall it was still a pretty good read (and I definitely like the premise overall, even if it’s a bit simplistic).
Stuart Ashenbrenner
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: leadership
Simon Sinek's books on leadership are the BEST there are. This one is no exception. Any book he writes, I will read. They're all on the top of my list of leadership books, along with John Wooden. ...more
Maddie Nastase
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's good to have you back, Simon! ...more
Apr 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Following in the footsteps of James P. Carse, Simon Sinek calls on organizations to think of themselves as infinite players rather than finite ones in The Infinite Game.

I admire much about the call to action, and I am confident readers gathering evidence, rhetorical or factual, against short term thinking will find something of use in the early chapters. I found value in the outline of what are not just causes (moonshots and growth* don't cut it, says Sinek), the explanation of ethical fading, a
Oct 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded up - I like Simon Sinek’s style, his clear support of the points he makes and his varied examples. Start with Why was my favorite of his business books, and the successive ones have been okay. I just think there was a lot of the same points made over and over for a premise that might not have been worthy of an entire book. Yes, don’t be in business for just the money for yourself or for a short-term closed-ended goal. Look for the greater good, the just cause, the higher ethical road ...more
Angela's Booked
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fun story...I read the first sentence of the synopsis and thought this was going to be a psychological science fiction thriller about being stuck in a never-ending game so I picked it up. But no. It’s a nonfiction, psychology/business model strategy book. 🤣🤣🤣

Needless to say, when I realized that I almost returned it to the library. However, I decided to give it a try to ‘branch’ out. And I loved it! Such a good read. And I loved how the author talked about actual companies I’ve heard of and how
Helen Mary Labao Barrameda
This is my first Simon Sinek book, and it did not disappoint. It's an inspiring read and it's practically filled with case studies and leadership examples. Sometimes, I just feel like he can get a little didactic or preachy in his method of saying things. There is this slight, lingering sense of judgment when he is putting out cases of bad examples in history to illustrate certain points. That does not diminish the value of the book in its entirety. I just find it occasionally distracting when I ...more
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