08/27/2007
          The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations By Ori Brafman and Rod Beckstrom
          Review by Ed Hatcher

        • "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?"

          A wonderfully quick read, this quirky analysis of organizational systems cuts right to the chase and puts out the relatively old theory of evolution: evolve or die, but in a much cooler and updated way, and with references and examples that you won't expect.

          Admittedly, this book doesn't contain the illuminating metaphors that philosopher and intellectual Isaiah Berlin put forth with his 'fox' and the 'hedgehog' essay, but in a new wired age, the starfish and the spider are their closest relatives.

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