The infinite game

The infinite game

THE INFINITE GAME: How Great Businesses Achieve Long-Lasting Success

Ever since I read Mindset by Carol Dweck for the first time more than ten years ago, this topic is on the top of my list. In the meantime, changing attitudes has become the core of my work at SHIFTSCHOOL. Last year, Simon Sinek, whose Golden Circle has also been part of our toolbox for some time, has also written a fundamental work on how mindsets can manifest themselves in organizations.

While Carol Dweck has explored why there are people with a Fixed Mindset and those with a Growth Mindset, Simon Sinek finds a simple as well as ingenious explanation of how Fixed and Growth Mindsets evolve into a finite or infinite dichotomy at an organizational level. Until now, most organizations have played the finite game of winning and losing, driven by short-term gains and shareholder demands, and primarily aiming at measurable results trying to outperform their competitors. But the time seems ripe for businesses to start out playing an infinite game, making decisions to shift from a previous finite to adopting an infinite mindset that builds upon a just cause, trust among all stakeholders, and the courage to lead organizations beyond the point of earning money.

I am deeply convinced that all Transformative Leaders must necessarily adopt an Infinite Mindset in order to personally grow in the ever-changing world and future-proof the organizations in which they work, thereby contributing to solving the grand challenges that lie ahead in the coming era.

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