Simon Sinek The Infinite Game

Lesson 1: The Mindset of the Infinite Game

In this GrowthTrack, Simon Sinek will help you grow your organizational strategy skills to view your organization through the lens of a never-ending game.

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Simon Sinek says it is a mistake to view your organization and life through the finite lens of winning and losing. Instead he suggests you need to shift your mindset to that of an infinite game.

 

 

The Mindset of an Infinite Game

Simon Sinek describes the mindset shift from playing a finite game to an infinite one.

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There’s no such thing as winning and losing in an infinite game.

—Simon Sinek

How would you apply a key insight from this clip to your own work situation?

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1. Take the “Infinite Game” Assessment and then review your responses:

  • Note the questions where you rated yourself highly. You can lean into these strengths to strategically play the infinite game.
  • Note the questions where you rated yourself lower. These are potential areas to improve.

 

2. Calendar it! Block time in your calendar to go through this course—5 minutes per week over the next 4 weeks.

Assessment

Instructions:

Use the scale below to rate yourself.

1 – Never True of Me
2 – Rarely True of Me
3 – Sometimes True of Me
4 – Mostly True of Me
5 – Always True of Me

Assessment Questions:

1. My organization has a just cause that I strongly believe in.

2. I look at myself as my ultimate competitor, while looking at others as worthy rivals who can make me better.

3. I look at work with the perspective of whether I’m “ahead or behind” vs. whether I’m “winning or losing.”

4. I view my choices as how they impact the quality of life or contribution I want to make vs. viewing them as “right or wrong, winning or losing.”

5. I have a service mindset, understanding the primary benefit of my contributions should go to others not me.

6. I create an environment where people can work at their natural best.

7. I believe I am not responsible for the results, but responsible for the people who are responsible for the results.

8. I want to see others rise and grow.

9. I work with a “flexible playbook,” making decisions that may cause short-term pain to achieve long-term results.

10. I am willing to take a courageous stand to work toward long-term results even if the short-term is painful.

Discussion
  1. Rachel Wickman
    Nov 8 2018 4PM
    What are some strategies I can use to improve on the areas that I am not as strong in?
    • The Global Leadership Summit
      Nov 9 2018 2PM
      Hi Rachel,

      The strategies to improve are included in each of the four GrowthTracks lessons and are reinforced by doing the self reflection exercises. You will also receive a follow-up email with additional next steps to enhance your leadership development. If you have further questions, please let us know!

      The Global Leadership Summit

  2. Michael Murray
    Nov 14 2018 3PM
    I like the Idea of starting to look at Life as an Infinite game – it gives me hope that someone in the gaming industry is thinking ahead since it seems all games are moving that direction. I do find it hard to look at myself as my strongest competitor though, Looking inward is something I try to do often but looking at myself as my biggest competition is not something I ever thought about.
  3. Bola Adisa
    Dec 12 2018 6AM
    The concept of seeking life and business walk as an infinite game is kind of new to me. However meditating and thinking retrospectively, I saw myself already having some of the mindset operational in me. This lesson is making me more intentional about forming the mindset of the infinite game. I am particularly focusing “ahead or behind” vs “winning or loosing” paradigm.
  4. Dan Shurtz
    Dec 27 2018 3PM
    This will be one of my focus areas for 2019 and beyond. One of my current takeaways is this:

    Former NFL and Current Arizona State Head Football Coach, Herm Edwards, became famous with the quote, “You play to win the game.” That is the right mindset in sports, but as Sinek shares so eloquently, it’s not a winning strategy in life and work.

    In life and work, you can’t play to win the game. To live a life of significance, you must play because you love the game. So, the question is what’s the game and what is your role to play in it.

    Thanks for this great content! Looking forward to digging deep in this.

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