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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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  • 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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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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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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An obvious look into the not so obvious

Sometimes we have a hard time seeing our nose to spite our face. Simon again helps us bring forward what some might call the obvious or common sense aspects of life and business. His poignant views on ethics struck a cord with me as I have first hand witnessed small/medium sized companies solely focus on the short term success to appease shareholders.
Thank you Simon for your clarity!
Many can benefit from this book!!

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Another great work by Simon Sinek

If you liked Start With Why or Leaders Eat Last, you won’t be disappointed with this one! This book is full of examples of the dangers of short term thinking and a compelling case to lead with an infinite mindset.

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Great book

I have been a fan of Sinek for a long time. This was great food for thought and I will be buying copies for my boss and co workers to read.

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Truth. Again.

This guy knows how we need to live our lives to be truly happy. This is just one more way to open your mind to a new way of looking at life, your job and your role in this world. You can not listen and have it not affect you.

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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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Engaging Easy to Follow

Great examples from the business world, outlining clearly the difference between a finite and infinite mind set.

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Another great book

As per usual another great book by Simon Sinek, insightful and inspiring. I would recommend this book to anyone.

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  • Omaha, NE
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Tim Lynch
  • Fairfield, CT
  • 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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  • Alicia 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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  • 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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  • Kilroy
  • Bonne Terre, MO
  • 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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  • 2019-10-15

Excellent and tangible

Truly excellent and the most tangible of Simon's books this far. It was definitely worth the wait.

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  • Stacey
  • 2019-10-18

Wonderful and full of inspiration

This is Simon's best book yet. For me this book boiled down to simple truths, and the lies we tell ourselves and others.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-11-21

Unreal - Start w. Why on Steroids

Loved it... great philosophy. Almost enjoyed this more than Start w. Why, Goo Strategy Bad Strategy, or Good to Great!