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.

SHELL URSA and role of trusting teams

Simon Sinek in his book titled “The Infinite Game” makes a mention of SHELL URSA and highlights  how as a result of having trusting team members the audacious project could turn into a grand success. Shell URSA initiative was to drill as deep as three thousand feet below ocean level to extract oil.Not only wasContinue reading “SHELL URSA and role of trusting teams”

Trusting teams

Teams are building blocks of any organization.When there is trust among individuals in a team , people care for each other , collaborate with each other which ultimately leads to high performance. On the contrary when teams lack trust , results may be achieved at the expense of relationships and a healthy work culture.This mayContinue reading “Trusting teams”

“Will” or “Resources” which to prioritize?

“Will” and “Resources” are the most important components in a game of business. Investing in “will” and prioritizing it over “resources” needs to be based on a “just cause” and not monetary benefits alone.This may not have immediate short term benefits but when done in the right manner can influence human behavior , lead toContinue reading ““Will” or “Resources” which to prioritize?”

“Will” vs “Resources” striking the right balance

In any game be it life or business “resources” & “will” are the two key components. “Resources” is tangible and is the sum total of all financial metrics that measure the health of an organization. “Will” is intangible and is sum total of all the human elements that measure the health of an organization. NeedlessContinue reading ““Will” vs “Resources” striking the right balance”

Larry Fink & Sense of Purpose

In 2018 , Larry Fink the CEO of BlackRock ,caused a bit of stir with his letter to CEO’s highlighting “Sense Of Purpose”. This shows the importance of a just cause and sense of purpose in any modern day business to make an organization relevant in the infinite game of business. Please find below theContinue reading “Larry Fink & Sense of Purpose”

Responsibility of every business

The three pillars that outline the responsibility of every business are: 1) Advance a just cause – Just cause should be advanced to make the cause of existence of the business bigger than itself.This can be achieved by giving a sense of belonging. 2) Protect the People – Unless the people feel safe they wouldContinue reading “Responsibility of every business”

How Milton Freidman’s “shareholder primacy” led to a finite mindset

In the 1970’s the Noble winning economist named Milton Freidman put forward his views around “shareholder supremacy” and changed the meaning of capitalism inside out. According to him a business and its owners should operate with the sole aim of making profit to maximise the value of its shareholders.The views expressed by the economist hasContinue reading “How Milton Freidman’s “shareholder primacy” led to a finite mindset”

The role of a CVO in an infinite game

For playing the infinite game of business with an infinite mindset the modern day CEO needs to be a visionary putting people’s priorities first over bottom line ,stock markets etc. A finite mindset wherein bottom line , profit margins become the first priority over people issues , though successful in the short term can leadContinue reading “The role of a CVO in an infinite game”