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 - Beau Raines - Goodreads
This is one of those books that makes me feel both wowed and sad at the same time. This book gives great examples of the power of decentralization and letting the team or organization run itself. At ... Read full review
Review: The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless OrganizationsUser Review - Krish Iyer - Goodreads
Succinct yet delightfully engaging book on the contrast between decentralized yet evolving organizations (starfish) and centralized top down organizational structures (spiders) - the authors do a ... Read full review
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