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 - Patrik Hallberg - Goodreads
Have you ever wondered what Geronimo and Mary Poppins have in common? Last week I read an article on the fact that Zappos (a company I love, mainly due to the insight I got into this company and its ... Read full review
Review: The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless OrganizationsUser Review - Micah Fretz - Goodreads
This book discuses the difference between centralized and decentralized organizations. A spider has a head and a body with eight legs coming out of it. If the spider loses a few legs it will not be ... Read full review
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