The Starfish and the Spider

  • by Ori Brafman, Rod Beckstrom
  • Narrated by Sean Pratt
  • 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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

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Open your mind to a new type of leadership

Would you listen to The Starfish and the Spider again? Why?

Yes, great stories and a wonderful metaphor of how a non-led organisation can change the world...


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Starfish and the Spider?

Cut of the spider's head it dies... cut the starfish in two... you get two starfishes


What does Sean Pratt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Yes, very well read


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- Miles

A MUST read

An outstanding book that gives some great insight into decentralised organisations. The authors give you some great examples of how this works in some businesses today.
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- Francine

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-07-2007
  • Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC