The Infinite Game
- See that we are all players in both finite and infinite games, in our work and lives, and be able to distinguish the difference between the two
- Learn the five practices that are required to lead in an infinite game: Just Cause, Trusting Teams, Worthy Rival, Existential Flexibility and the Courage to Lead
- Explore a new way of looking at your leadership and your organization and the environment in which it operates
We can't choose the game. We can't choose the rules. We can only choose how we play.
In finite games, like football or chess, the players are known, the rules are fixed, and the endpoint is clear. The winners and losers are easily identified.
In infinite games, like business or politics or life itself, the players come and go, the rules are changeable, and there is no defined endpoint. There are no winners or losers in an infinite game; there is only ahead and behind.
The more we begin to understand the difference between finite and infinite games, the more we can see that infinite games are all around us. We will realize that many of the struggles that organizations face exist simply because their leaders are playing with a finite mindset in an infinite game. These organizations tend to lag behind in innovation, discretionary effort, morale and ultimately performance.
The leaders who embrace an infinite mindset, in stark contrast, build stronger, more innovative, more inspiring organizations. Their people trust each other and their leaders. They have the resilience to thrive in an ever-changing world, while their competitors fall by the wayside. Ultimately, they are the ones who lead the rest of us into the future.
The ability to adopt an infinite mindset is a prerequisite for any leader who aspires to leave their organization in better shape than they found it.