The Infinite Game

Portada de libro The Game

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Autor: Simon Sinek

Great Leaders are the ones who think beyond “short term” versus “long term”. They are the ones who know that it is not about the next quarter or the next election, it is about the next generation.

Infinite games have infinite time horizons. And because there is no finish line, no practical end to the game, there is no such thing as “winning” an infinite game. In an infinite game, the primary objective is to keep playing, to perpetuate the game.

Microsoft vs. Apple, one of them seemed obsessed with beating their competition. The other seemed obsessed with advancing a cause.

A finite mindset left the Company culture a mess.

Consistency becomes more important than intensity.

Any leader who wants to adopt an infinite mindset must follow five essential practices:

Advance a Just Cause
Build Trusting Teams
Study your Worthy Rivals
Prepare for Existential Flexibility
Demonstrate the Courage to Lead

Who choose to embrace an infinite mindset, our journey is one that will lead us to feel inspired every morning, safe when we are at work and fulfilled at the end of each day.

And when it is our time to leave the game, we will look back at our lives and our careers and say, “I lived a life worth living”. And more significant, when imagining what the future holds, we will see how many people we’ve inspired to carry on the journey without us.

What a Just Cause is:

When we play in a finite game, we play the game to win. Even if we hope to simply play well and enjoy the game, we do not play to lose. The motivation to play in an infinite game is completely different –the goal is not to win, but to keep playing. It is to advance something bigger than ourselves or our organizations. And any leader who wishes to lead in the Infinite Game must have a cristal clear Just Cause.

A Just Cause is a specific vision of a future state that does not yet exist, a future state so appealing that people are willing to make sacrifices in order to help advance toward that vision.

A Just Cause is about the future. It defines where we are going. It describes the world we hope to live in and will commit to help build.

My Just Cause is to build a world in which the vast majority of people wake up inspired, feel safe at work and return home fulfilled at the end of the day, and I am looking for as many people as possible who will join me in this case.

A Just Cause must be:

For something –affirmative and optimistic
Inclusive –open to all those who would like to contribute
Service oriented –for the primary benefit of others
Resilient –able to endure political, technological and cultural change
Idealistic –big, bold and ultimately unachievable.
The organization in which they believe and whose just because they want to see advanced that must benefit from their financial contribution. An infinite minded investor wants to contribute to advance something bigger than themselves.

To keep us in the Infinite Game, our Cause must be durable, resilient, and timeless.