I really love the idea of finite and infinite games. Simon Sinek's next book will be about it and I just watched a talk where he presented the core idea of the book. According to him, there's no such thing as winning business or global politics.
There's no such thing as being first or beating your competition. There's only ahead or behind. Because the circumstances in infinite games are changing and we haven't agreed. You're actually only competing against yourself.
The objective every single day is "how do we become a better version of our own institution this year than we were last year"
How do we improve the quality of our culture, how do we improve the quality of the way we provide the service that we claim to be providing, how do we improve ourselves? That's the main point of the infinite game.
Because at the end of the day we don't have the same metrics as everybody else. And we're not necessarily playing to the same ends.
So the question is how do we play an infinite game? Simon's 5 keypoints are:
1. You have to have a just cause
2. You have to have courageous leadership
3. You have to have trusting teams
4. You have to have a worthy rival
5. You have to have a flexible playbook