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 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 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.
American Management - Please read this book
I have found this book exposes the paradox of our times. On the one hand if you are in a highly decentralized organization, you may be happy with freedom and creativity but resources may be scarce. You enjoy a sense of empowerment and perhaps even unstop ability yet your visions may be quickly overcome by others with the same freedoms. On other hand, the centralization of power can bring resources a-plenty, but quashes creativity.
The book does a great job detailing the differences, strengths, weaknesses, advantages and disadvantages of each. But fear not! It gives great insight onto how to move an organization into a “sweet spot” if it’s possible.
A great book, I highly recommend it.
An important audio book for our times
This most interesting audio book will change the way you look at the world around you. In every industry decentralization is taking place. A rigid hierarchy has been replaced by circles who now work independently on their own projects. The Internet has become a breeding ground for leaderless organizations from ebay to al Qaeda. They tend to organize around a shared ideology or a simple platform for communicaton- like Alcoholics Anonymous which has reached millions of members with only a common ideology and without a leader. You'll be fascinated with what you learn about the hidden power of these starfish organizations.
The Starfish and the Spider is the rare audio book that will change the way you see things forever.