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The Infinite Game

Lu par : Simon Sinek
Durée : 6 h et 56 min
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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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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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  • KN
  • 16/11/2019

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
  • 11/11/2019

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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  • F. J. Deyeso
  • 20/11/2019

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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  • Tim Lynch
  • 17/10/2019

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
  • 15/10/2019

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
  • 18/10/2019

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
  • 16/10/2019

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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  • Kai
  • 10/12/2019

Why Infinite pursuits prevail over finite pursuits

The book made it clear to me how to better distinguish and reframe finite goals from infinite goals. And why infinite goals are in a way better because they asks a deeper question about what is a worthy pursuit to keep refining even without an end.

It also gives good examples on how people and companies pursuing these infinite pursuits will prevail over those who are pursuing finite goals in the long run.

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  • jaga
  • 27/11/2019

The secret sauce!

Most today, whether in business, government or other arenas are playing finite games. In other words, a short term orientation, which is more about winning and losing, than a long term, possibly even lifelong effort to pursue a just cause or purpose. The business world is littered with examples of finite thinking, with individuals and companies more concerned around quarterly EPS and / or their own monetary remuneration. The Wells Fargo case of a few years ago, where millions of fictitious accounts were set up for customers is an extreme, but not totally unique example of how finite thinking can lead to catastrophic results. Infinite games cannot be won, the goal is to keep on playing, to stay in the game. Infinite games often are based on a just cause, something by definition bigger than ourselves. We see similar phenomena in our politics as well, where an individual or party’s interest are placed above those of the country or institutions which are the foundation of our democracy. Where, instead of focusing on the daily news cycle or the next election, the focus is on building a better world over the next generations, even beyond the lifetimes of the individuals involved. The irony is that those willing to approach business or other pursuits with an infinite mindset often lead to even better, more sustainable long term benefits, even in the context of a financially driven business endeavor. Sinek traces today’s winner vs loser approach to business back to Milton Friedman, whose work almost half a century ago was based on the foundational premise that businesses exist to maximize the profits accruing to their owners. In more recent years, there has been several trends which are on one hand encouraging (employee wellness, work / life balance, etc) and on the other discouraging (quarterly EPS trumping all other considerations). Sinek provides a vivid picture of the different mindsets and implications of a finite vs infinite approach. While I’m not sure this book would directly result in changing the approach of those infinite game players among us, it does facilitate greater awareness of how our choices may lead to a better place.

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  • Alicia Wettrick
  • 25/10/2019

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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  • Tobias
  • 12/11/2019

Great audiobook anyone can benefit from

While I found the first chapter to be a little tedious, I don't regret buying this audiobook one bit and can only recommend it to anyone.

A must listen in my opinion ;)

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  • Tobi
  • 21/12/2019

7 hours of bullshit

Roughly 1 hour into this book I'm highly disappointed. Since Sinek is not a professional speaker listening to him reading this book causes a headache in the first place. Secondly he just keeps rambling on about his ideas which mostly are common knowledge or ideas with no proof at all. He says at the beginning "it's surprising that this book even needs to exist". The truth is: it doesn't. If I change my mind in the next 6 hours I'll update this review. If it stays that way then you know that you can spare yourself some time and money and move on.

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  • Anonymer Hörer
  • 28/10/2019

a must read

sinek captures the spirit a leader should adopt and what business should focus on. so many wonderful examples. very happy that I bought this

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  • Akari
  • 21/01/2020

Growth Mindset

Ich habe schon "The 7 Habits of highly effective People " und "Mindset" gehört. Dieses Buch ist genauso großartig. The Infinite Game beinhaltet die gleichen Prinzipien, auch wenn der Autor die nicht so nennt. Theoretisch braucht man nur The seven habits hören, aber wer nicht genug bekommen kann von solch inspirierenden Büchern, für den ist das genau das richtige. Ebenso wie "Change Anything" und "Crucial Conversations".

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  • Amr Basha
  • 17/01/2020

A great mind shift

This book was a VERY good start to 2020. The mindset itself is clear from chapter one, but spending the rest of the book articulating how this mindset applies to different areas of our lives was a very effective way to deepen my understanding and gave realistic examples of how I can be infinite minded in my work, personal growth and family.

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  • Jeremy
  • 03/01/2020

Inspiring

One of the most inspiring books I have ever heard/read. The lessons learned will definitely find their way into the way I do business and lead my team. Thanks Simon Sinek

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  • Muugen
  • 19/12/2019

I learned a lot through this. Really enjoyed it!

I've learned a lot through this even in areas I didn't expect to. I enjoyed listening to the ideas he has and I love how Simon's way of thinking regarding some topics are so unique special and new. Mostly about love, friendship and how to interact with others in general. If you want another perspective and approach I would recommend this book a lot!

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 03/12/2019

Recommendation for all strategic thinker

Great approaches and cases. A definition and guideline how to build a just cause and a corporate vision that really matters.
Simon Sinek is a pretty good story teller! Liked every minute.