The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations (Compact Disc)

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If you cut off a spider's head, it dies. But if you cut off a starfish's leg, it grows a new one, and that leg can grow into an entirely new starfish. Traditional top-down organizations are like spiders, but now starfish organizations are changing the face of business and the world.
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 A. 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.
It reveals how established companies and institutions, from IBM to Intuit to the U.S. government, are also learning how to incorporate starfish principles to achieve success. Find out:
* How the Apaches fended off the powerful Spanish army for 200 years.
* The power of a simple circle.
* The importance of catalysts who have an uncanny ability to bring people together.
* How the Internet has become a breeding ground for leaderless organizations.
* How Alcoholics Anonymous has reached untold millions with only a shared ideology and without a leader.

About the Author


ORI BRAFMAN is an entrepreneur and author of "The Starfish and the Spider". He is a sought-after speaker who has presented before audiences at Microsoft, Amazon, and Stanford Business School. He lives in San Francisco.



Sean Pratt, a working actor for over twenty-five years, was a company member at the Pearl Theatre and has also performed at numerous regional theaters around the country. He is the author of "To Be or Wanna Be", and he has recorded over seven hundred books in just about every genre, earning eight "AudioFile" Earphones Awards and four Audie Award nominations.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781596591516
ISBN-10: 159659151X
Publisher: Gildan Media Corporation
Publication Date: June 2008
Language: English