Archive for December 13th, 2006

The Starfish and the Spider. Ori Brafman and Rod Beckstrom

The Starfish and the Spider. Ori Brafman and Rod Beckstrom. 2006. ISBN 1591841437. The unstoppable Power of leaderless organizations. To kill a spider you cut off its head. If you cut a starfish it just grows new bits, there is no head. So starfish cos are like ebay, Skype, eMule, Apache, AA, GE, Toyota not GM, Al Qaeda, ALF and more. I learned why the music industry created more starfish by shutting down Napster and why Bush is doomed with Iraq and the Dept of Homeland Security. If you work in this world like we do, not a surprising point of view, but insightful none the less. Parts of it remind me of the two commentators role in “Enders Game”. Easy read, well done and flows quickly. Two younger bright guys wrote this. This book has appeared on several best of ’06 book lists and it deserves to be there.

The Power of Nice. Thaler & Koval

The Power of Nice. Linda Thaler & Robin Koval. 2006. ISBN 0385518927.
How to conquer the business world with kindness. A book like Sanders
The L Factor, but very short, very readable and very useful. Short plane
ride book. Lots of examples where the choice to be nice paid off big
time for these two, maybe not right away (they wrote Bang! a few years
ago) . Great book to give to nice people. Good lessons here. File this
on under life lessons. Give it to your children (like Letters from a
Businessman to his Son – a classic).

By the way also just finished the autobiography of Michael Caine, So
Whats it all About.
Well written in a story style good airplane book and just a lot of fun
(quite an old book actually)