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IN BUSINESS, POLITICS, AND LIFE, TOO MANY OF US ARE PLAYING THE WRONG GAME
Reviewed in the United States on October 15, 2019
It's not often that I encounter a book which presents me with an idea which is completely new to me. (I'm looking at you, Malcolm Gladwell!) I realize it will not be new to everyone, but I imagine it will be new to a great many people.
Here is the basic concept: There are two types of games, the finite game and the infinite game. The finite game is easy to visualize; it's what takes place when kids sit down to play a game of Monopoly. There are specific players, set rules, and (at least in theory) a definite endpoint. The infinite game is more complex. As I understand it, players can drift in and out, be known or unknown; rules are in a state of flux; and there is no clear endpoint. Most important of all, you can not “win” the infinite game. You can not “win” marriage. Or friendship. Or careers. Or even life itself.
The point of the infinite game is to look beyond the immediate finite game that can be won (who has the better product or higher sales this quarter) and instead focus on a long-term cause that can make the world a better place.
Well written, smooth read.
BOTTOM LINE: While it's largely a business book, it should be mandatory reading for leaders of every ilk. Readjusting focus would make the world a better place.