The Starfish and the Spider
Author: Ori Brafman
Author: Rod Beckstrom
Publisher: PenguinRandom: Portfolio
Categories: Leadership & Organization
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The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations. 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 womens rights movements? What fundamental choice put General Motors and Toyota on vastly different paths?
The authors have discovered some unexpected answers, gripping stories, and a tapestry of unlikely connections. The book 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.
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If you want to know about YWAM, read this book. It is about centralized, decentralized and hybrid organizations. If you want to kill a spider, cut off its head. You cannot cut off the head of a starfish as it does not have one. If you cut off the leg of a starfish, it will grow another... starfish. Decentralized organizations have always been around and operate like our brains--once thought to operate in a hierarchical fashion, the latest research shows the opposite.
This fascinating book provides examples of the characteristics of decentralized organizations such as flexibility, shared power and ambiguity, and how the Internet has spawned a new generation of decentralized organizations. Some principles of decentralized organizations include:
- when attacked, they become even more open and decentralized.
- it is easy to mistake starfish for spiders.
- an open system doesnâ€™t have central intelligence, the intelligence is spread throughout the system.
- open systems can easily mutate.
- as industries become decentralized, high profits decrease.
If you want to learn more about community, trust and openness in the 21st century, as well as how organizations like Al Qaeda thrive while being hunted, this is a must read.
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