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by Ori Brafman, Rod A. Beckstrom

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Title:The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations
Authors:Ori Brafman
Other authors:Rod A. Beckstrom
Info:Portfolio Trade (2008), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 240 pages
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The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations by Ori Brafman

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i think i read this book a few years too late. much of it seemed self-evident. that said, it is a light, fast read and worth the time just for the thought exercises it provokes. ( )
  burningdervish | Nov 29, 2016 |
A very easy, smooth read. Recommended reading for defense and homeland security specialists. The principles discussed are sound and explained in a way that are easy to understand.
  gslim96 | Jan 25, 2015 |
Great, quick read with useful examples of how centralized, command and control organizations can fail by assuming that engagement with distributed (or "cloud-based") entities can follow the same rules as engagement with other command and control organizations. I have cited this book frequently in recent presentations. ( )
  beaurichly | Feb 20, 2012 |
This is a breezy and entertaining look at how decentralization is changing many organizations. The title metaphor conveys the core concept: though a starfish and a spider have similar shapes, their internal structure is dramatically different-a decapitated spider inevitably dies, while a starfish can regenerate itself from a single amputated leg. In the same way, decentralized organizations, like the Internet, the Apache Indian tribe and Alcoholics Anonymous, are made up of many smaller units capable of operating, growing and multiplying independently of each other, making it very difficult for a rival force to control or defeat them. Despite familiar examples-eBay, Napster and the Toyota assembly line, for example-there are fresh insights, such as the authors' three techniques for combating a decentralized competitor (drive change in your competitors' ideology, force them to become centralized or decentralize yourself). ( )
  jwhenderson | Mar 18, 2011 |
A really interesting read on organizational structure and leadership. Traditional organizations are often hierarchical and authoritarian. Like spiders, if you cut off a leg (or department), it's weakened; if you cut off it's head (leader/board), and it's dead. Other organizations, however, resemble a starfish, which reproduce a new leg when one is severed (and in fact the severed leg becomes a new starfish!). These organizations are decentralized. Rather than organized around structural authority, starfish organizations share a common ideology and a common DNA (core values) which reproduce along relational networks and is often the work of a catalyst - a movement maker who gets things started, and then gets out of the way, rejecting any authoritarian role. A lot of interesting examples here. If you're interested in leadership and organizational life, it's a fascinating read. My grade: A ( )
  bsanner | Jan 17, 2011 |
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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. This work deals with this topic.

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Includes information on Alcoholics Anonymous, al Qaeda, Amazon, Animal Liberation Front, Apaches, eBay, General Motors, Goodwill Industries, Google, Grokster, Kazaa, music piracy, Napster, P2P (peer to peer) services, Quakers, record industry, U.S. Supreme Court, Wikipedia, etc.… (more)

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