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 ...
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.
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Great overview of how to organize a company, church, club or maybe even has a lot to do with families! Written with fun and great examples.
Dec 31, 2007
Well worth the time!
Even if you are both business- and cyber-challenged, you will get a kick out of reading this important little book. One of the reasons you will remember what the book teaches is that it is so much fun to read. Applying it to your own experience then becomes easy. I've just finished it, and plan to lend it to a friend in two days, when I see him next.
Apr 12, 2007
refreshing way of thinking
You will be buying copies to hand out to your friends and be more than tempted to slide a copy under your CEO's office door. This quick easy "read' will change the way you think about how your buisness, organization, club,or childs playgroup is run! The reason for the success of some of the most well known organizations in the world are brought to light in easy to understand terms and ideas that you will want to apply and use in every organization you are a part of from your knitting club and school PTA to your church volunteer group and of course your job. This volume is not just for management personnel. I recommend it to anyone who wants a well run organization, filled with excited employees or volunteers and who wants unparalleled success in their endeavors. I say, " read this little book and start a revolution!"
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