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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

The New York Times-bestselling author of Start With Why, Leaders Eat Last, and Together Is Better offers a bold new approach to business strategy by asking one question: are you playing the finite game or the infinite game?

In The Infinite Game, Sinek applies game theory to explore how great businesses achieve long-lasting success. He finds that bu
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Paperback, 251 pages
Published October 15th 2020 by Portfolio Penguin (first published October 15th 2019)
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Benjamin Marcher More or less, yes. This is more "user-friendly" expansion on the core ideas expressed by Carse, I would say. I strongly recommend reading the source m…moreMore or less, yes. This is more "user-friendly" expansion on the core ideas expressed by Carse, I would say. I strongly recommend reading the source material alongside this book, as Sinek does help to break down some ideas, and add some insight, in my opinion. (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. Net ...more
s
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 dow
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kartik narayanan
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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Florin Roșoga
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mariana Macedo
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“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
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 bein
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Seth Davis
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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 i ...more
Mihkel Pukk
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.
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Georgi Nenov
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Jonathan Hord
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
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 th ...more
Katerina Trajchevska
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
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Anu
Jan 23, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Frank Theising
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
Helena
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
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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 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).
Maddie Nastase
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Daniel Pereira
“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
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Jan Salomon
I read the whole thing, except for the Afterword, which begins with: "Our lives are finite, but life is infinite. We are the finite players in the infinite way of life. We come and go, we're born and we die, and life still continues with us or without us..." Yeah dude, we get it. These three sentences, unfortunately, paint a pretty good picture of what the whole book really is about. Simon is milking the fame he acquired from a couple of impressive TED talks, and good for him I guess. I enjoyed ...more
Leah
Nov 01, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Decent point but did we need an entire book on it? Not really. A Ted Talk would have sufficed.

Basically you can't "win" in life or in business. It's not about "finishing" it's more about the perpetual adaptation, and growth.
Not to compare and react to competitions but to gain insights from them and grow together. Like how IBM or Microsoft was reactive to Apple instead of being proactive. You can't win by being reactive anyways.
Life and business is infinite, it never ends it only grows and adap
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Elese Roger
Mar 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leadership
Awesome Leadership book - staying true to the vision and the ultimate end game vs quarterly metrics!!
suki
Jul 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To be fair, my disillusionment from reading too many of these kinds of books should not affect an objective review.

Sinek gets five stars from me for his ability to tie some complex concepts to catchy and memorable phrases, liking Apple as much as me and the next guy and finally his very well written, introspective Afterword.

I like how he introduced himself as an optimist before bestselling author. I like that he concluded by taking responsibility for his mistakes, and challenging the reader to u
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Petar Ivanov
I would say that's the best book from the author so far. I wasn't familiar with the concept of finite vs. infinite game and respectively finite vs. infinite mindset. The author's representation of former concepts really inspired and clicked with me. I could say that those ideas are not new. I've thought about them, but in this book, they're presented in a different context: the business, leadership, and management of companies. This was useful because it gave me a different angle to look at thin ...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 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,
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