Gooday. I can’t believe it’s time already for another business book review…
It’s a fascinating read though. Weaving story after story about different business models & details why small organisations can gain competitive advantage over traditional large corporations.
Essentially Ori & Rod discuss 3 business models:
- The traditional centralised model: everything is controlled by the boss
- The hybrid model: some central control with de-centralised decision making
- The de-centralised model: no central control, all the power is with the people
They liken a spider to the centralised model. If you chop off a leg, it’s still be able to function, in a limited capacity. But if you chopped it’s head off, killing its controlling brain. It would die.
A starfish doesn’t have a brain & if you chopped off its leg, it would grow another. And (in some cases) the detached leg would grow into a 2nd starfish. Likened to the de-centralised model.
The book goes into much more detail than I can in a review & covers a whole load of examples of the different models. In a fun & engaging way.
My learnings. A de-centralised business with some central controls in a hybrid model is the future. Pushing power out to your teams & followers will provide many more positive results.
It’s a very thought provoking read. I’d recommend it to any existing small business owner or director & anyone with aspirations of starting their own business sometime soon.
‘The Starfish and the Spider’ gets a thumbs up & 5-stars.
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