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Finite or infinite which game are you playing

February 4, 2019

How does Super Bowl LIII apply to today's business environment.  Coaches like Bill  Belichick and Nick Saban of Alabama, Dabo Swinney of Clemson play the infinite game while their counterparts are playing the short term finite game of football. They may not win every championship but they are in position to win championships year in and year out because they understand a winning formula and team takes time to build. 


To add even more perspective  to the infinite game mix are coaches such as Bill Snyder of Kansas State University. Coach Snyder's program used the infinite game  perspective of building character in young men and coaching them to play above their "talent level".  In the process building teams that consistently had winning seasons and graduated young men ready to be leaders in their own right. In essence Coach Snyder's approach was an infinite game of life approach. I have a lot of respect for Bill Snyder.


All to often I am running across businesses that are designed around the finite game. They are stacked with young talent who are gifted in their area of expertise but lack the background of experience to provide a guiding hand to play the infinite game. Such guiding hands provide not only long term perspective but in many cases a moral compass for the business. 


All to many people see life as a finite game. You live, you accumulate wealth and things and then you die. In my opinion Life is an infinite game in which you leave a legacy that lives on far beyond wealth and things. How you played the game of life in your personal life and your professional life has a far greater impact on your infinite legacy. The only say you have in your infinite legacy is how you played the game. The experience you leave to the next generation impacts generations to come. 


I give Simon Synek all due credit for coining the infinite and finite game of business phraseology.


Play the infinte game not the short term finite game.
"Rams Head Coach: "I definitely got out-coached"" http://www.espn.com/


"10:53 p.m. - Rams coach Sean McVay took responsibility for Los Angeles' Super Bowl loss, saying "it was mostly a result of me doing a poor job calling the plays and not giving us a chance to win."  http://www.espn.com/


"The 33-year-old, who is the youngest head coach to ever make a Super Bowl, described his post game feeling as "numb." http://www.espn.com/


Belichick showed more vividly than ever before that he is the master—he is the one at the heart of the Patriots' six Super Bowl wins in nine tries. Mike Freeman https://twitter.com/mikefreemanNFL


"What Belichick did to the Rams offense will go down in history. He utterly obliterated his younger counterpart, Sean McVay, and reduced quarterback Jared Goff to a panicked lump who just chucked the football into the air and hoped it landed somewhere good. The way Belichick crawled into the heads of McVay and Goff should be a misdemeanor." Mike Freeman
https://twitter.com/mikefreemanNFL

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