The Infinite Game: How Great Businesses Achieve Long-lasting Success Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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A revolutionary approach to long term business strategy from the best-selling author of start with why.
The New York Times best-selling author of Start With Why, Leaders Eat Last, and Together is Better offers a bold new approach to business strategy by asking one question: are you playing the finite game or the infinite game?
In The Infinite Game, Sinek applies game theory to explore how great businesses achieve long-lasting success. He finds that building long-term value and healthy, enduring growth - that playing the infinite game - is the only thing that matters to your business.
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|Listening Length||6 hours and 56 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||17 October 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 1,172 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
1 in Business Strategy & Competition
3 in Forecasting & Strategic Planning
5 in Strategic Business Planning
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To be fair I was put off by yet more case studies using Apple, Home Depot, Kodak, Microsoft etc.
In addition I found the five essential practices recommended to lack something that I couldn't put my finger on
Mr Sinek makes a compelling argument for his take on the 'peace of the puzzle' that is modern life he is encouraging us to contemplate.
His thesis is a simple one: People driven by a purpose that has at its core improving human life (on a grand scale) with their labour are the best leaders, not those who are motivated by short term goals.
He writes in the style of Dale Carnegie (think 'How to win friends') by offering a simple premise and providing historical example(s), keeping each analysis refreshingly simple.
The real magic of the book is not that those driven by what most of us know already as 'Devine Purpose' are the ones we should follow, but how in a properly functioning capitalist system such people bring about radical change and build lasting companies.
If I could add anything, I would ask him to dedicate another chapter regarding his contention that law always lags innovation, and use his communication ability to further drive the message that those on the cutting edge must bear the responsibility of considering the ethics of their vision.
I really wanted to like this book, but he lost my trust as a reader early on with some pretty vacuous arguments, and I found it very hard to adopt a positive and sympathetic attitude to the rest of the book.
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The whole book is full of stories explaining the finite vs infinite mind. I got the gist, Simon, i think after 2 stories i can tell what that means. Sadly it's disappointment. I don't know what i was hoping to read but repetitive stories without much substance in them is not what i was expecting from him.
The book describes the difference between Finite and Infinite mindsets (different from growth and fixed mindsets) and provides a framework for companies to recognise which mindset they have and how to implement an Infinite Mindset.
In Finite games, the rules are fixed and the end point is clear. “We are going to be a market leader or we are going to change the world”.
In Infinite games, the players come and go, the rules are changeable and there is no defined end point. People with an infinite mindset build stronger, more inventive, more inspiring organisations.
If you are in any role in leadership, culture creation, vision creating or marketing in either the start-up or in fact a business of any size, you should read this book.
There is no analysis, no deeper insight. In the form as it is now I doubt it can be really useful to anybody, but perhaps I'm wrong as the booknseems to have great reviews.
However, if you've read both Start with Why and Leaders Eat Last you will see that this book is an incremental step forward instead of a massive leap of focus. His returns to similar anecdotes that have occurred in previous works, most notably the Microsoft vs. Apple Executive story in relation to the iPod vs the Zune.
Although the chapter on existential flexibility and his writing around Walt Disney's life is fascinating and some of his best work to date.
TLDR: If you've read Start with Why and Leaders Eat Last it's good but not essential reading. If you haven't it's great book and definitely worth reading.