The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations
Understanding the amazing force that links some of today s most successful companies
If you cut off a spider s leg, it s crippled; if you cut off its head, it dies. But if you cut off a starfish s leg it grows a new one, and the old leg can grow into an entirely new starfish.
What s the hidden power behind the success of Wikipedia, craigslist, and Skype? What do eBay and General Electric have in common with the abolitionist and women s rights movements? What fundamental choice put General Motors and Toyota on vastly different paths? How could winning a Supreme Court case be the biggest mistake MGM could have made?
After five years of ground-breaking research, Ori Brafman and Rod Beckstrom share some unexpected answers, gripping stories, and a tapestry of unlikely connections. The Starfish and the Spider argues that organizations fall into two categories: traditional spiders, which have a rigid hierarchy and top-down leadership, and revolutionary starfish, which rely on the power of peer relationships.
The Starfish and the Spider explores what happens when starfish take on spiders (such as the music industry vs. Napster, Kazaa, and the P2P services that followed). It reveals how established companies and institutions, from IBM to Intuit to the US government, are also learning how to incorporate starfish principles to achieve success. The book explores:
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Review: The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless OrganizationsUser Review - Daniel Cukier - Goodreads
"This book is about what happens when there is no one in charge. It's about what happens when there's no hierarchy. You'd think there would be disorder, even chaos. But in many arenas, a lack of ... Read full review
Review: The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless OrganizationsUser Review - Robert - Goodreads
The book isn't profound, but it's an easy read that provides an effective contrast between hierarchical management and empowering human initiative and creativity. Read full review
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