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The Infinite Game

Written by: Simon Sinek
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Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
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From the New York Times best-selling author of Start with Why and Leaders Eat Last, a bold framework for leadership in today’s ever-changing world.

How do we win a game that has no end? Finite games, like football or chess, have known players, fixed rules, and a clear endpoint. The winners and losers are easily identified. Infinite games, games with no finish line, like business or politics, or life itself, have players who come and go. The rules of an infinite game are changeable, while infinite games have no defined endpoint. There are no winners or losers - only ahead and behind.

The question is, how do we play to succeed in the game we’re in?

In this revelatory new audiobook, Simon Sinek offers a framework for leading with an infinite mindset. On one hand, none of us can resist the fleeting thrills of a promotion earned or a tournament won, yet these rewards fade quickly. In pursuit of a just cause, we will commit to a vision of a future world so appealing that we will build it week after week, month after month, year after year. Although we do not know the exact form this world will take, working toward it gives our work and our life meaning.

Leaders who embrace an infinite mindset build stronger, more innovative, more inspiring organizations. Ultimately, they are the ones who lead us into the future.

©2018 Simon Sinek (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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Just "okay" ...

My first book by Mr. Sinek and most likely my last one. Don't get me wrong, I don't regret listening to the book, but I didn't enjoy it either.

Reflecting on why I have this sense of disengagement from the book and the author, I think it comes down to two reasons.

Firstly, the material is dragged out and extended more than it needs to be. It felt repetitive and offered limited (if any) new insights vs earlier parts of the book. Long winded.

Secondly, and I think more importantly, I don't agree with the main premise of the book.

The author states that business needs to be managed with an infinite mindset and that it needs to be guided by a just (read altruistic) cause.

I'm not sure about that.

I think life should be lived with morals and a view to eternity and that such moral and religious standards will affect everything we do, including how we manage our businesses and how we treat people.

I see spirituality affecting business, but I don't see business as a substitute for spirituality. Which seems to be what the book - indirectly - implies.

Maybe I'm reading too much into it or misunderstanding. If you've read the book yourself, I would love to learn more about your impressions.

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  • Sam
  • 2019-10-28

How we change things from greed to cooperation<br />

Love Simon Sinek's work... this moves our awareness and ethical responsibility from "someone else's problem" to working together TOP DOWN and bottom up to #makeethicalchoices and show up with integrity in our actions and not just tag lines. So good ❤... thank you again Mr. Sinek Much love and mad respect 🙏🏻🥋

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Sinek needs new material:

I have always been a fan of Simon Sinek but his obsession with Apple being the best of everything is just too much in this book. Would love to hear about other best in class companies. If you have read his other work, then you are covered. Not much new here.

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This Book will help anyone make a positive impact!

I'm so grateful to come across Simon's work about 7 years ago in 2012. He is in my personal top 3 thinkers who I follow religiously! Start With Why & Leaders Eat Last - are great books that gave me insight into personal/individual work.
And with "The Infinite Game" Simon has created a blueprint that we all can follow to make a positive impact in the world.
Wether You are in any type of leadership position at work or/& in your community, you are a parent or leader of your own life - this book is a must & will help to create or adjust the mindset to be an influencer for the common good of humanity!
This is my #1 book for 2019!

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Business school worthy

This is what needs to be taught in our school. MBA programs, please take note. Amazing!

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  • JR
  • 2019-11-07

He's not wrong

There are a ton of facts (I'll assume they are facts) in here that will really make you think.

What I love about Simon and what I have always loved is that he's not selling you on anything, he simply tells stories, reveals the truth and offers you an alternative perspective. Whether you choose to believe what he believes is completely up to you but he's not wrong

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a finite book on how 2 play the infinite game

Very repetitive.. it feels like a rehash of a lot of the best selling business books that came out in the last few years.

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Perfect Timing!!!

This book arrive at just the right time. It helped me to bring clarity to some of the problems I face in my work. Clearly defining a task as infinite vs finite allows one to better approach the task. Great real life examples to help bring the concept to life.

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Fantastic

I had a 900 km drive and I bought the book just before I left. I listened to it start to finish and am so glad I did. Sinek digs deep into the Why? of business culture with the game analogy - there are two types: finite and infinite. He spends the next 6 plus hours laying the groundwork - wonderful and insightful. I recommend this book.

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Great book!!

Really enjoyed this book, I would encourage leaders and well everyone to read it.

If more people thought this way I think we could overcome some of the problems we find ourselves in today!

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  • F. J. Deyeso
  • 2019-11-20

Just go watch his TED Talks on the subject

I think Simon is great. The way he approaches this issue, as well as, his work on millineals (SP) is top notch. I have heard time speak, and watch many of his TED talks on this subject. Naturally, alot of overlap. I think your better off watching the TED talks and getting than listening to the audio book

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  • KN
  • 2019-11-16

Falls short. Examples seem off or dated.

I love Mr. Sinek’s work. I am however disappointed in this book. Simon had leaned heavily on the past, and provided examples that are questionable. His admiration for Apple is well known. However, no mention of how Tim Cook is in fact playing the infinite game. Simon talks at length about Microsoft’s past mistakes and yet ignores how the current CEO has completely changed the company by playing the long game. He talks about American Airlines which is struggling, making no mention of Delta which has show how airlines can play the infinite game.

Mr. Sinek’s message is spot on and the book could have been even more powerful had he researched the companies he cites in the book, with an eye for currency and industry leaders - whose CEOs are in fact better playing the infinite game.

Good book. Could have been better.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-11-11

I love Sinek but...

I’ve loved Simon Sinek, but as an economics student, I couldn’t get through the fourth chapter of this book without cringing at his lack of fluency in economic history. To put forth the assertion that companies cared about their employees and everything was hunky-dory until Milton Friedman came along in the 70’s and taught companies to be greedy is to blatantly ignore the bulk of 20th century American economic history. Sinek asserts that massive layoffs to meet projections were unthinkable before the 1970s, then quotes Henry Ford saying that companies need to exist to do more than make money a few sentences later. Henry Ford is the same guy who said the problem with unemployment during the depression is that no one would do an honest day’s work, and then promptly laid off a couple thousand employees a couple weeks later.

When Sinek said that speculation by by investment bankers “caused the Great Depression,” I had to stop listening. If Edward Tufte isn’t comfortable saying definitively what “caused” the Great Depression, Sinek sure as hell shouldn’t be.

While I think the premise of this book is sound, The lack of economic historical literacy that Sinek displays in supporting his argument undermines the books entire premise. This shoddy level of research is, in my opinion, far beneath Sinek, and certainly shouldn’t have made it past the editors of this book. The idea of the infinite/finite game is sound. But as it stands now, Sinek selectively interprets the business events of the 20th century to defend it. I expect better.

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  • Tim Lynch
  • 2019-10-17

A great way of thinking!

I loved this book. There are so many great nuggets that I am going to put into practice at my company. Anyone in business today should read this - you may not be able to change your company or situation - but armed with the perspectives you will be able to navigate the business world better because you read it.

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  • Drew Littlejohns
  • 2019-10-15

Timeless content

Amazing book. Simon lays out principles and guidelines that are timeless; would work in any culture, at any age, for every walk of life. I took in the whole book and can't wait to give it another read soon.

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  • Andrew Nay
  • 2019-10-18

Simon has done it again...

He has written a book that perpetuates his cause by guiding future and current leaders to change their thinking on how they're going to lead or currently leading those in their charge. I thoroughly enjoyed his book and can't wait for the next one.

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  • Kilroy
  • 2019-10-16

Great material flat presentation

I found the material of the book inspiring. However the reading was flat. Maybe my expectations were too high as I have seen the authors TED talks and was expecting the same dynamic presentation in this book.

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  • Don Wettrick
  • 2019-10-25

Wow.

While I've enjoyed the last 2 books by Simon, I was impressed by the stories, but the insights to me were fairly self evident. However this book gave me plenty of things to reconsider and re examine on my own motives and behaviors.

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  • Josiah Thompson
  • 2020-05-12

Relates to every facet of life, not just business

I knew this idea of an infinite mindset before reading the book. But now it’s understood in technicolor. Our just cause will direct our next steps with conviction and purpose. If you’re stuck, this will give you healthy direction

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  • Joshua Garcia
  • 2020-05-06

Reset

This book opened my eyes to how I was viewing not only my business but my relationships and my life. I think this new vision of the infinite game will rewrite my life moving forward.

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  • Heimana
  • 2020-01-11

The concept is interesting

The title by itself is already what you need to know.
Infinite game is a good concept of what an entreprise should aim for.
Simon is without doubt an excellent speaker, I saw a lot of his videos on youtube, that's how I ended up reading this.
Sorry for the hard earned stars for the evaluation but I have to admit, the online videos that he does are already way way better than this book ! In a nutshell, you could just ignore the book and type his name on youtube and watch all his videos with this subject, and "voilà" you get all you need to know about the infinite game and more.

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