Business is an infinite game, per motivational speaker Simon Sinek. The players may change, but the game continues. Sinek, the golden boy of organizational consultancy, offers a slick, polished presentation as he shares the five characteristics of infinite-game leadership, but his analysis, though ripe with real-life examples, lacks any scientific backing or data. Nevertheless, Sinek’s passionate, expert-sounding delivery will maintain his status as an audience favorite.
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Motivational speaker Simon Sinek wrote the books Start with Why and Leaders Eat Last.
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2 months agoGood summary
5 months agoIn the business world, leaders often approach their endeavors as finite games, aiming to “win” against competitors. However, business is better understood as an infinite game with no ultimate victors. Effective business leaders must adopt an infinite mindset, focusing on continuous improvement rather than a singular win. They should champion a “just cause,” foster trusting teams, draw inspiration from worthy rivals, exhibit existential flexibility by adapting strategies, and, most importantly, have the courage to prioritize people and ethics over profit. Embracing the infinite nature of business and embodying these qualities can lead to more sustainable and purpose-driven leadership.
3 years agoMust Watch for Everyone! “Finite players are playing to win. Infinite players are playing to keep playing. Each makes very different strategic choices as a result.” Finite players will always find themselves in peril.
We need to readjust to play for the INFINITE game we’re actually in. In finite businesses there is a decline of trust, cooperation and innovation.
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On purpose, leadership and empathy. Simon Sinek is a British-American leadership author and speaker. He is the author of five books, including Start with Why and The Infinite Game. Sinek is also an instructor of strategic communications at Columbia University, and is an adjunct staff member of the RAND Corporation. Sinek became famous for the “Golden Circle” leadership model: […]