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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,184 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ori Brafman, Rod A. Beckstrom Narrator: Sean Pratt Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2011 ISBN: 9781596599130
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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.

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. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber | 12/10/2013

    " Fairly decent look into the power and future of decentralization in our economy. Good book for those who study organizational behavior. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 10/26/2013

    " Great book. Proves that leaders are not necessary for success. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jon Chin | 10/2/2013

    " This book was very well written. The language was easy to understand and the authors shared many interesting, relevant examples. It was very effective at describing the change our world has made towards decentralization and its impact on us. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Abbey | 9/22/2013

    " I stopped reading this and don't plan to finish it. It was just not interesting to me. (Sorry Kim.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Noel Hidalgo | 9/2/2013

    " simple book & a quick read. i highly recommend this if you want to learn about decentralized networks. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin Beasley | 6/6/2013

    " Overall, worth the time. Analyzes the difference between centralized and de-centralized organizations and comes to the conclusion that a hybrid of the two seems to be most successful in sustaining (centralized) and fueling (decentralized) an organization. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 7/24/2012

    " Excellent book. Apache vs. conquistador cultures, why wikipedia works, etc. I wish I had taken more notes, but I was traveling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex | 5/1/2012

    " Good primer on decentralization. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Torstein Skarra | 1/27/2012

    " Who follows and who leads in a flock, in a network or in what is labelled here as a starfish organization. Very interesting book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan | 11/29/2011

    " I think the book makes a good point, and makes it clearly and concisely. It's worth reading if you are part of an organization and want to be a part of the vision for where it's going to go. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wisteria Leigh | 8/25/2011

    " 2007-Fall,non-fiction,decentralization,ebay,Amazon,management,centralization,organizational models "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shu Lindsey | 7/21/2011

    " "[T]op management is a function and a responsibility rather than a rank and a privilege." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Hatch | 6/10/2011

    " THe Starfish and the Spider is an interesting book that looks at how some organizations are successfully leaderless. I found the book to be thought provoking, and engaging. I am certainly going to look harder at how to develop this type of a system in a public school. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mark Poppenborg | 4/22/2011

    " Only if you don't know the concept yet "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 4/21/2011

    " Loved this book! If you have read System Sensitive Leadership -- then you will quickly recognize
    systems 6 here!
    Great read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 S | 4/2/2011

    " This book requires you to re-set all of your previous assumptions, held for a lifetime. This makes it truly a work that can change your whole world view and your approach to every organizational challenge.
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 3/3/2011

    " This is a must read for missional leaders who want to retooling their organizational leadership aproach. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carla | 2/7/2011

    " Read this book in Dutch for managementbook review "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 1/23/2011

    " The book isn't profound, but it's an easy read that provides an effective contrast between hierarchical management and empowering human initiative and creativity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Siddhartha | 1/9/2011

    " A good book that expounds a fairly simple concept about decentralization. Strong on examples but weak on prescriptive solutions. Still, worth reading and thinking about. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Craven | 1/8/2011

    " Creepy business-minded book I had to read for research purposes. Still, it did provide some interesting information on decentralization. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lawrence | 12/23/2010

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary | 12/13/2010

    " good... i think? it was a LOT to wrap my head around "

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About the Author
Author Ori Brafman

Ori Brafman is coauthor of The Starfish and the Spider and is a renowned organizational expert who regularly speaks before Fortune 500, governmental, and military audiences. A graduate of Stanford Business School, he lives in San Francisco.

About the Narrator

Sean Pratt, a working actor for over twenty-five years, has performed at numerous regional theaters around the country. He is the author of To Be or Wanna Be, and he has recorded over seven hundred books in just about every genre, earning eight AudioFile Earphones Awards and four Audie Award nominations.