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So many organizations and individuals are obsessed with winning. But how do you win a game that never really ends? There is no such thing, for example, as "winning" business.

Simon Sinek's Start With Why and Leaders Eat Last have helped millions of readers see the hidden rules that govern our behavior. Now The Infinite Game picks up where those books left off, challenging
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Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published October 16th 2018 by Portfolio
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Boni Aditya This is more like, him trying to adapt the "Fixed and Variable" mindsets proposed by Carol Dweck in her book "MINDSET".

This book also have…more
This is more like, him trying to adapt the "Fixed and Variable" mindsets proposed by Carol Dweck in her book "MINDSET".

This book also have similarities to other theories proposed by many other author. All that being said, I seriously doubt if it is as original as Simon Sinek's previous works, i.e. Leaders Eat Last or Start with Why.

I think the author is running out of steam and original ideas!(less)
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Mehrsa
Nov 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
s e a n
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Tõnu Vahtra
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Russ
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 ...more
Maddie Nastase
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's good to have you back, Simon!
Alexander Rivas
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Scott Wozniak
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sinek is a great writer, so the ideas are clear and flow smoothly from one to the other. But what's better than the skill is the power of the big idea. Playing a finite game means thinking short-term, that in order for me to win others have to be cut down, and being too narrow in your measure of success. But when you play the infinite game, then there is still competition, but it's the spurring on of worthy rivals (who are often friends) and building for the long-term, etc.

The general
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AJ Payne
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Audiobook.

I found this one to be really inspirational. I know a lot of these books are pretty similar in talking about the same ways to be a leader that are meant to inspire, but not all of them hit you the same way - this one really worked for me. Perhaps it’s the time I’m reading it, as I’m developing my own identity as a leader, or maybe it’s just really that good and inspirational, but either way I read it at the right time and am able to put some of the ideas and practices into action right
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Joshua
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My bosses need to read this book.

Several years ago, the school district I worked for had a superintendent who asked all the leaders in the district to read It Starts With Why. Unfortunately, to use the terminology of this book, the school board is filled with Finite mindsets, and his contract was not renewed. He was replaced with someone who does not think the same way.

The current administration should read this book immediately.
Jb
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The usual theme of thinking long term and humans first. I like the author tone and voice. Except for overusing Apple and Kodak as examples, this book feels fresher than most on the topic. He is not trying to bend cliche psychological studies into his narrative.
The book is just about the logical gain from thinking long term. We all know it but being reminded of it by eloquent author is always nice. Quick and simple read anyways.
Adam Merrifield
I just finished Simon Sinek's Infinite Game. It's as shallow/thin/obvious as his other work, and certainly repeats the words "infinite" and "finite" ad nauseam, but like all of Simon's work, there are real, solid nuggets of truth that you'll end up using every day. I've even quoted some of it to my team.
Dustan Woodhouse
I took my time with this one.

A chapter here, a different book there, then another chapter of this one.

A delectable meal that one enjoys returning to over and over.

My key thought from this book is that a better company will grow bigger, but it’s a rare thing for a bigger company to grow better.
Adrian Luben
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book!
..as all the others from Simon :)
Stuart Ashenbrenner
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.
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 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
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Kevin
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Would give it 6 stars if possible. Amazing book.
Benjamin Marcher
Do yourself a favor and read the source material instead of this hyper-opinionated book. While the author does do a lot of work to make good points and detail different companies and institutions that have made finite and infinite choices, he often looses track of his point, and rambles for pages, oft repeating himself back to back to back to back to back to back to back to back to back to back to back until you're glad you read this book from a friend to ensure he receives no royalties.
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,
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Bruno
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simon Sinek is on a mission. He wants to improve business and personal life by showing that we need to focus on the “infinite game”. Not the “finite” focus on next-quarter earnings, not even the ambitious but time-driven “moonshots”, but those games where there is no no real “end” or “winner”. To him, this makes those business much more robust, with plenty of opportunity for flexibility and improvement.

Simon Sinek, with his knowledge and charisma (check his YouTube channel) focusses here on a
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Simmoril
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Over the course of my career, I've been told time and time again that old adage that a business' primary goal is to make money for it's shareholders, and that everything else is ancillary to that goal. When I was younger, I could empathize with that goal; after all, I was to trying to make as much money for myself as possible. But as I've continued on in my career, I've grown to realize that this way of thinking is of little solace when looking back and contemplating my legacy, the impact that ...more
Jaron Dunford
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-business
Notes:

Organization often choose to put their efforts into building process to fix the problems rather than building support for their people.

In 1973, two Princeton university psychology professors, John M. Darley and C Daniel Batson conducted an experiment to better understand how situational variables can affect our ethics, specifically, how pressure impacts our will to help someone in distress. They asked a group of seminary students to travel across campus to give a talk about the story of
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jaga
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most today, whether in business, government or other arenas are playing finite games. In other words, a short term orientation, which is more about winning and losing, than a long term, possibly even lifelong effort to pursue a just cause or purpose. The business world is littered with examples of finite thinking, with individuals and companies more concerned around quarterly EPS and / or their own monetary remuneration. The Wells Fargo case of a few years ago, where millions of fictitious ...more
Alison Jones
There's a profound insight at the heart of this book, which is what Simon Sinek does best: as soon as he articulates the difference between the finite game - where there are agreed rules, where the game ends at an agreed point with a clear outcome and the players go home - and the infinite game - where the rules are unclear or unspoken, there is no final outcome and the players fall away to be replaced by others as the game continues - you feel the truth and significance of it in your gut as ...more
Scott Martin
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Audiobook) This reads like a business-book-of-the-week, but it does impart some very important, and relevant lessons for leaders at all levels. To Sinek, leaders can try to play two different games with their leadership: The Finite Game, or the Infinite Game. The former will show more immediate results, and can result in accolades and successes, especially by many of the measurements by modern business and organizations. Yet, the Finite Game is fraught with pratfalls and significant problems. ...more
Davor
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great addition to Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take ActionStart with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action with yet another very simple idea: true winners are the ones who play the infinite game. This means that even if a decision might have negative consequences short-term, it is the long—or perhaps as the author describes it—the infinite game which really counts.

In other words, this is yet another sobering perspective on the "why" behind every
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Kurt Pankau
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sinek's basic premise is to take the idea that long-term choices are stronger than short-term ones for the overall health of a company and expand on it using game theory. He splits business leaders into two mindsets: finite and infinite, that is, focused on short-term profits and growth versus focused on the long-term health of the company. He posits that companies should have a broad, affirmative, aspirational goal that speaks to the betterment of all humankind and that this should guide them ...more
Daniel
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Infinite game

Most people play to the finite game, trying to win with defined metrics. So they win in the short term but lose over the long term. We must play the very long game to succeed. How?

1. Advance a just cause: serve others, inclusive, idealistic, never finished. Not moonshots, being the best, corporate social responsibility. Milton Friedman’s myopic focus on profits alone has caused all the problems of society, and we need to go back to Adam Smith.
2. Build trusting teams. Don’t lay
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Vivek Gupta
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Infinite Game by Simon Sinek is a groundbreaking book. I am of course biased. I am a huge Simon Sinek fan.

But I am not just a fan, I share in his vision. His vision being “to build a world in which the vast majority of us wake up every single morning inspired, feel safe at work and return home fulfilled at the end of the day.”

In Infinite Game, Simon talks about the infinite game that we all play in in different aspects of our lives (Personal, Society, Politics and Business). Realizing that the
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Diana Suddreth
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the Infinite Game, Simon Sinek gives us a different perspective on leadership in organizations where the goal is a vision that will never be reached. Although his examples are all in the business world, where acting like the dollar is the goal instead of adhering to the vision the business began with, I couldn't help but make connections to education. Even though each year has an end, and each student eventually ends their career as a public school student, in fact, the educating of our youth ...more
Jamie Meyer
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-empty-shelf
Finite games have a beginning and an ending, a winner and a loser. Infinite games have no ending, and can’t ever really declare a winner. If those are the differences between finite and infinite games, how does it apply to businesses? That’s the thought behind this book.

In business there is no declared winner, the idea is to have no end in sight, and yet too many businesses operate with the exact opposite mindset. They set out to “beat the competition” never realizing there’s no way to really
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