Enter your email address:


RSS Subscription

Cartoon Feed
Incorporate our cartoons in your site!



« Adversity introduces a man to himself* -Where Are They Now | Main | Fortune does not change a man, it only unmasks him (w update) »

June 23, 2017



Good story, you need to remember no dynasty or empire lasts forever. Not just companies.

Then about sacrifice. People are willing to make sacrifices only when they are convinced of an ideology which they then commit to.


Thanks Anand for sharing your insights. You captured most of the key items. One comment about "watching the language spoken by the leaders' is key. Leaders with the "infinite game' do not focus on competitors solely. Instead they "obsess' about customers. I heard Jeff Bezos mention these things in multiple interviews. No wonder he is driving significant growth for his company, even though the "Net Income" for the company is so low. They are reinvesting the money to grow the company for the long haul.

I also like the comment of being in competition with self vs others. This is a liberating thought for anyone who has not received all the Finite game awards yet.

Simon is clearly not happy with the common practice of companies laying people off to hit some arbitrary target. It creates a vicious cycle within the company as people would avoid to take risks. Ultimately the company suffers.

The concept of finite game players vs infinite game players was fascinating.


Anand, thank you for sharing.
I was intrigued by the anecdote about the Apple exec who did not worry about feedback that another company's product might be superior at any particular time. Such confidence in oneself and simultaneous respect for others struck me as genuine kind of leadership.

Sinek himself conveys a special charisma and mystique. He does not appear to be exceptionally ambitious and yet he is successful. His resume might not include successful silicon valley startups or c-suite experience, yet his has a growing following among high powered execs. He doesn't seem to fit into anyone's categories of specialist: not in business, not in engineering, neither in psychology nor spirituality. His English accent and appearance seems at times British, or American, or something incomprehensible. His name sounds mysterious or exotic, too. His words are calm, clear, and analytical, yet not drowned in excessive statistics. His talks and his prose can reach out to his audience. One cannot choose but hear.

On infinity as a concept in games, as in business and life, Sinek touches on a topic that has fascinated human civillization for millenia. Despite their unparalleled advances, the ancient Greeks feared irrationality and infinity. It was from the Indians that Western civilization finally became familiar with infinity, and it was not until the 19th century that this became a comfortable topic to discuss. For the West, traditionally, infinity meant something unfathomable, uncontrollable. Something allowed only for God, but a thing to be feared for men. Sinek's point is that infinity can be a stable and sustainable thing. Indeed, Sinek points out that in business, in games, and in life we might only achieve happiness and success only by embracing the things that do not have a fixed endgoal or endpoint.

A good athelete measures his performance against his competitors or against a historical world-record to be broken. But a great athelete rarely does this. The records and accolades are just milestones and confirmations along the way. Good leaders think not about how to maximize shareholder value or annual profits. They think about how to advance society, to contribute to civilization, and to leave a better world for posterity. If they cannot think this way, they will not last.


Excellent comments from microCEO.

I recently came back from a business trip to Silicon Valley.I have to say, I could really feel the young and vibrant energy of that place. It is exciting to be surrounded by so much young ambition, as well as prestigious universities like Stanford, copious amounts of money and Tesla cars, and of course many of the high-tech brands that make our lives and workplaces what they are today. I visited the Intel museum and read about the early life of Robert Noyce. I could almost feel that this dynamic and vibrant lifestyle was something planted here by Noyce himself. He and a few other adventuresome engineers or investors literally made the valley what it is today. The ghost of Bob Noyce seemed to be all around the town.

At the airport on the way home, I ran into an old friend from a previous career. He told me about his own difficulties with a start-up that he founded. He told me that the Valley is a highly competitive and even age-discriminatory place (where over-25 can be perceived as over-the-hill). I listened to his story and thought it sounded similar to the highly competitive world of musicians at the Julliard School in NYC. I imagined that all these restless entrepreneur kids start out wanting to get rich quick, but eventually, most get tired and either leave or settle down into more regular jobs. If they are seeking success, only a few will find it. But if they are seeking happiness there, I wonder if any at all can find it. If they can, it is likely with family and friends (infinite and sustainable), not with startups (finite and expendable).


I am watching it now. Yes, this is a great video.
Thank you for sharing.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been saved. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until the author has approved them.

Your Information

(Name is required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)