The Infinite Game – A Bold Framework for Leadership In Today’s Ever-changing World.
| Author: Simon Sinek, 2019 |
What's it all About?
This is the 3rd book report I have done on Simon! Building off of his previous concepts, there are two games you can be in. The one most of us are more familiar evolves around the next day’s results or perhaps this quarters profits – the finite game. The alternative is the infinite game with purpose, building off his first book, Starts With Why. You may argue some of the concepts are repeated, however if you are into this topic, this book will not disappoint you!
When you get that leaders are responsible for the people who are responsible for the results, then this book is for you. Great stories and facts to get you thinking about the long term, the overall purpose for you and your organization.
Hits of dopamine by hitting your goals, can leave you feeling empty and looking for the next challenge. When you have a higher vision, you get out of that loop of just making next quarters targets higher. There are such better ways to engage teams, no wonder the common workplace complains they cannot get their people engaged!
“The best way to drive performance in an organization is to create an environment in which information can flow freely, mistakes can be highlighted, and help can be offered and received.”
I am a fan of structure and systems – procedures really do help manufacturing. However, the industry greats are separated by people, people, people.
Ethical fading was my biggest takeaway which is a people problem. We need people, not procedures, to fix people problems. We can focus on short term goals, however, to act ethically on a regular basis, you need a longer-term goal to keep you on the straight and arrow. As humans, we adjust to our environments – and if you are working for a company that is focused on the next quarter results, it is easier to fade your ethical standards. These must be guarded, and this is hard work, clearly the leader’s responsibility.
Reviewed by: Trevor Blondeel, February 13, 2021