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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Decentralized organizations are extraordinary, and a lot more common than I would have expected. Even though this book is written from a corporate perspective, it can be applied to other contexts. This is a very valuable, and inspiring piece of literature.
Not only a good book, but one of the best books I have ever read. I was introduced to this book while attending class at Special Forces Air Force School, FL. The school house commander (in charge) made this required reading for all instructors. I thought if it was that important to him I should take a look. After reading this book I could not get it into my friend's hands fast enough.
The book is simple to read and is short enough to read in a few hours. The author does a good job laying out his idea then giving example after example to build his argument. The primary idea is that ideology cannot be stopped if people stay out of the way. Some time this happens naturally and other time forced by external pressure. The reader is challenged to look at resolving issues with culture in a new and dynamic way.
Everyone should read this book.
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THE SPIDER THE STARFISH
A SEA OF STARFISH
STANDING ON FIVE LEGS
THE HIDDEN POWER OF THE CATALYST
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