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Download The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations Audiobook (Unabridged)

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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 Narrator: Sean Pratt Publisher: Gildan Media LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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If you cut off a spider's leg, it's crippled; if you cut off its head, it dies. But if you cut off a starfish's leg, it grows a new one, and the old leg can grow into an entirely new starfish.

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 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.

The Starfish and the Spider explores what happens when starfish take on spiders (such as the music industry vs. Napster, Kazaa, and the P2P services that followed). 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. This audiobook explores:

  • 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

The Starfish and the Spider is that rare book that will change how you understand the world around you. 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Abbey | 9/22/2013

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

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