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The Starfish and the Spider: 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 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.

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I think the Liberty movement is a starfish ^_^

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Very interesting book, with

Very interesting book, with an fascinating way of looking at organizations.

The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. - Heinlein

I dated a starfish once

Never again!

“Although it was the middle of winter, I finally realized that, within me, summer was inextinguishable.” — Albert Camus

And the Federal Government is a spider

And the Federal Government is a spider.

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