The Infinite Game
We all thoroughly enjoyed this book which was immensely engaging and not at all patronising.
The message is delivered through a series of stories about companies we all recognise and to which we can relate. It was great to see the demise of once very successful companies explained through the infinite/finite mindset. I only wished that he had included some examples of where the change from finite to infinite approach led to failure in today's short term culture.
Powerful nuggets for me were the notion that to those with an infinite mindset taking those 'risking/crazy' decisions which inevitably led to a short term fall (sometimes very steep indeed) in share price were not 'brave' they were just so obvious there was no alternative.
The passion of such minded leaders was evident and we discussed how passion alone does not give the 'Just Cause' which is the motivator for the crazy decisions and the source of the energy to keep going - for a purpose much much greater than oneself or the company itself either.
We found ourselves applying these ideas to our own experience of working and personal life. The familiar notion of 'being better than the rest' and 'winning' becomes irrelevant when you see the 'competitor' as a 'worthy champion'. Someone or something from which you can learn and develop in order to further advance the just cause.
We would love more exploration and discussion on how you develop this infinite mindset. Mr Sinek does touch upon it but we wanted more. How does a manager/worker with an infinite mindset fare/cope when in a finite minded company? How do we move the culture to an infinite mindset where things other than money and fiscal growth are truly valued.
We look forward to the next book!