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The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations


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ISBN13: 9781591841838
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If you cut off a spider?s head, it dies; 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?

Ori Brafman and Rod Beckstrom have discovered some unexpected answers, gripping stories, and a tapestry of unlikely connections. The Starfish and the Spider explores what happens when starfish take on spiders and 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.

About the Author

Ori Brafman is a lifelong entrepreneur.  His adventures include a wireless startup, health food advocacy group, and a network of CEOs working on public benefit projects, which he co-founded with Rod Beckstrom.   He holds a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies from UC Berkeley and an MBA from Stanford Business School.

Rod A. Beckstrom is a serial start-up entrepreneur. He founded CATS Software Inc, which he took public and has helped start and build other high tech firms.  Rod has served on various private and nonprofit boards.  He holds a BA and MBA from Stanford and is a Fulbright Scholar.

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triton, November 18, 2008 (view all comments by triton)
A facinating read - with lots of historical examples to illustrate Ori Brafman's ideas on leaderless organizatons and how they thrive; especially when being attacked. From Apaches to Al-Qaeda, Google to GM and Starfish to Spiders, Brafman covers it all.
I loved this book.
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Brafman, Ori
Beckstrom, Rod
Beckstrom, Rod A.
Organizational Behavior
Workplace Culture
Business Writing
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Mass Market
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
from 12
8.38x5.54x.64 in. .49 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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