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Simon Sinek: “Our leaders don’t know the game they’re playing”

Source | LinkedIn | Isabelle Roughol | Senior editor at large, LinkedIn | Editorial + Product newsroom leader

Simon Sinek is an avowed optimist. He’s even made it his Linkedin headline. His life mission, he says, is “to help build a world in which the vast majority of people wake up every single morning inspired, feel safe at work, and return home fulfilled at the end of the day.” He’s pursued that mission through books, lectures, social media… and judging by his millions of readers and followers, it’s working. In his new book “The Infinite Game”, to be released October 15, Sinek explores the concept of finite and infinite games, popularized by theologian James Carse in the 1980s. Business, Sinek says, is a game that cannot be won, too often played as if it could. And we all suffer for it. 

Isabelle Roughol: Let’s start with the concepts. What are finite and infinite games? 

Simon Sinek: A finite game is a game in which there’s a beginning, a middle and an end. The players are known, the rules are agreed upon. The objective is to win the game. When the game is won, when the game comes to a conclusion, the game ends. We all go home. Football, for example.

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