Don’t buy this jacket ad

Patagonia is known to go against the tide when it comes to marketing its products. By admitting openly that it is making use of environmental resources , the following ad shows how using such non traditonal means it is indeed being so successful in the infinite game of business. Truly a masterclass as cited byContinue reading “Don’t buy this jacket ad”

When ethics fade and culture erodes

Short term finite mindset leadership can result in ethical fading as well as erosion of organization culture.People lack trust , feel unsafe and hide information in the hope of benefits. Frequent use of such tactics can lead to long lasting detrimental results for the organization as a whole. In order to revive an organization backContinue reading “When ethics fade and culture erodes”

Infinite minded leaders

These are leaders who exhibit the following characteristics: 1) Devoted towards advancement of a “just cause” , through hard work and patience 2) Have the ability to nurture “Trusting Teams” by creating a “Circle of Safety”. 3) Always put “will” before “resources” to create a great organization culture that avoids “ethical fading”. Simon Sinek mentionsContinue reading “Infinite minded leaders”

Performance over Trust or vice versa ?

Simon Sinek in his book titled “Infinite Game” has enlightened readers on the enhanced need to trust and hence EQ in the modern day game of business to outwit finite mindset based businesses. A look at the comparison between “Performance” & “Trust” brings out that fact as to why Trust is more needed for survivalContinue reading “Performance over Trust or vice versa ?”

What is “Ethical Fading”?

Between 2011 and 2016 , Wells Fargo opened close to three and a half million fake bank accounts.Needless to say this was done by select group of employees to make money by unethical means.Eventually when this scam surfaced up , after being active between 2011 and 2016 , close to 5000 employees were fired. ThisContinue reading “What is “Ethical Fading”?”

Jack Welch’s evaluation criteria

Simon Sinek’s book titled “The Infinite Game” makes frequent mention of how Jack Welch and his finite mindset mentality instilled a toxic work culture among GE employees. Jack Welch’s focus was always on “winning” with short term targets in order to outdo competition.Had it not been for the US government’s bail out in 2008 ,Continue reading “Jack Welch’s evaluation criteria”

Which is more important – Performance or Trust?

Though both are equally important yet for surviving in an infinite game , organizations need to prioritize “trust” over “performance”. Performance relates to IQ whereas trust relates to EQ. A low trust environment spoils organization culture and should not be encouraged.Hence even though performance matters , yet since humans are social animals and work bestContinue reading “Which is more important – Performance or Trust?”

What is meant by “Circle Of Safety”?

Based on the foundation of trust , leaders with an infinite mindset create a “Circle of Safety” where the employees feel safe to the extent of being vulnerable to openly admit their weakness in the hope of collaboration. In such an environment where trust precedes performance , performance would automatically follow since the employees wouldContinue reading “What is meant by “Circle Of Safety”?”

Strategy for playing an infinite game

Organizations with an intinite game mindset , whose goals are long term oriented always try to make their “will” and “resources” stronger to frustrate the “will” and exhaust “resources” of other players who employ a finite mindset consisting of short term goals. Simon Sinek brings out this point very aptly in his book titled “TheContinue reading “Strategy for playing an infinite game”

What are leaders responsible for?

Highlighted below is an extract from Simon Sinek’s book titled “The Infinite Game” on modern day leadership responsibility. Leaders are not responsible for results, leaders are responsible for people who are in turn responsible for the results. Very thought provoking , practical and to me is a leadership masterclass.