Doing More with Less: The New Way to Wealth

Doing More with Less: The New Way to Wealth

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by Bruce Piasecki

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Benjamin Franklin knew instinctively what so many of us have forgotten: Frugality and industriousness are the ways to wealth. After the last set of business scandals and financial busts, many powerful interests, from governments to multinational corporations, are exploring how to do more with less. Businesses and individuals are seeking a realignment of


Benjamin Franklin knew instinctively what so many of us have forgotten: Frugality and industriousness are the ways to wealth. After the last set of business scandals and financial busts, many powerful interests, from governments to multinational corporations, are exploring how to do more with less. Businesses and individuals are seeking a realignment of frugality and prosperity in hopes of regaining their balance and securing their futures.

Doing More with Less dives into our primal competitive instinct, which embraces frugality as a crucial competitive edge. Author Bruce Piasecki convincingly explains the case for a return to frugality, providing relevant examples from his thirty years of experience as a management consultant and change agent. Liberate more of your resources by realigning money, people, and rules in your life that impact your family and your company. Doing More with Less is an actionable call to arms, with global insights—applicable to professionals in any industry—that will make you more adept in the short run and adaptive in the long run.

When you establish principles of frugality, you'll receive abundant recompense with less debt and risk. Through frugality, we recognize obligations beyond our own needs and capture greater returns for ourselves, our families, and our firms. Let it be your mantra: Doing more with less is success. It is time to rediscover basic frugality and create a better tomorrow for ourselves and for the world.

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Jay Parini
Bruce Piasecki has created a book about discovering and maintaining wealth that, in fact, redefines wealth itself to include much more than mere numbers in a bank account. (Jay Parini, bestselling author of The Last Station and The Passages of H.M.)
David William Gibbons
This new book captures the humility and moral insights of Bruce Piasecki, whose life has been shaped by up-close encounters with an amazing range of governments and corporations. (David William Gibbons, broadcaster of In Discussion, syndicated worldwide at the Gateway Media Group)
Erol User
Bruce Piasecki has a unique global perspective. He weaves powerful anecdotes and adroit business analysis to explain how our modern times work at its very core. (Erol User, President and CEO, User Corporation, Istanbul, Turkey)
Demetri Chriss
Bruce Piasecki's latest work artfully blends the practical with the profound. Piasecki teaches us now that frugality is not only a personal virtue but a dire necessity in a world filled with 7 billion souls. (Demetri Chriss, Senior Development Officer-North America, Anatolia College)
Gordon Lambert
Read this book and grow. (Gordon Lambert, Vice President of Sustainability, Suncor Energy)
Hadassah Broscova
Piasecki is a prose master who inspires with information, persuasion, and delight, giving us informed glimpses of a poetry in our near future. (Hadassah Broscova, founder and Editor in Chief of Carpe Articulum Journal and Foundation)
Gerald Bresnick
Bruce Piasecki redefines what winning looks like for all of us. (Gerald Bresnick, Vice President of Environment, Health & Safety and Social Responsibility, Hess)
James Howard Kunstler
Bruce Piasecki is one of the few thinkers really upping the ante for leaders in business and society. (James Howard Kunstler, bestselling author of The Long Emergency and The Geography of Nowhere)
Barbara Kass
Bruce Piasecki offers new grounds for hope in this century, as he elevates the roles of competition, innovation, and stewardship in our lives. (Barbara Kass, author and teacher)

Meet the Author

BRUCE PIASECKI is President and founder of AHC Group, Inc., a management consulting firm. For more than thirty years, AHC Group has focused on the critical areas of corporate governance consulting, energy, and environmental strategy, product innovation, and sustainability strategy. Whether working with Toyota, Shaw Industries, Suncor Energy, or FMC, Bruce and his team show companies how to compete on price, quality, and social needs. Piasecki has evolved from a niche expert on environmental issues for Fortune 500 corporations to a mainstream advocate for sustainable strategies for everyone. He has taught at Cornell University, Clarkson University, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, becoming a tenured faculty member and then a director of a master of science graduate program. Piasecki holds a PhD and bachelor's degree from Cornell University, where he was a Cornell National Scholar Award winner.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am overjoyed that Bruce Piasecki's new book is enjoying such tremendous success. As anticipated, it has proven to be a most worthy successor to "World Inc." "Doing More With Less" should serve as the new operational manual for the US and Europe during these trying times, since living above our means has gotten us into the financial mess we find ourselves today.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Initially a required reading in one of my Executive MBA classes, I read; and re-read this book for its didactic messages.  Bruce vividly paints a picture through his observance of globalization challenges, sustainability, and how people all over the world are adjusting to the new Digital Age! As Managing Director of a boutique strategic management firm, this book inspired me to consider more than the cookie cutter approaches to business consulting, but to also consider the humanistic and environmental cost when advising clients. This book is in my top 5 of motivational writings, including Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, Even Eagles Need a Push by David McNally, I Moved Your Cheese by Deepak Malhotra, and The Art of War by Sun Tzu.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An entire book of historical name dropping with no substance. His goal is to convince you to do more with less. Dear reader, if you bought the book based on the title, aren't you already convinced? Save your time and money; skip this fluff.
DemetriaGiannisis More than 1 year ago
Bruce Piasecki’s book, “Doing More With Less,” delivers a clarion call to values-centered action as relevant to the general reader as it is for corporations. Ben Franklin’s principle of frugal inventiveness is confidently explored by Piasecki to address the Gordian knot of emergent global economic, environmental and social challenges. In this most recent book, Piasecki’s builds on his vision for social response capitalism as the pathway to profitable corporate sustainability as first presented in his book “World, Inc.” Readers will gain a deeper understanding of the mutually reciprocal benefits of empowering teams by supporting a culture of disciplined frugality and innovation. Piasecki urges readers to fully grasp the indisputable irrationality of projecting continued growth through consumption driven (and wasteful) mainstream economic models. His book offers a more optimistic future empowered by unleashing the self-organizing principle of frugal values that will be needed to profitably meet the needs of the world’s current population of seven billion people.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed and appreciated Doing More With Less. Piasecki presents the key to excellence in business (and life) by revisiting timeless principals. His survival strategy-- innovation paired with frugality-- is just right for the times.
StevenNPyserJD More than 1 year ago
Thank you for appearing at the Distinguished Speaker Series at Fox School of Business, Temple University on April 4, 2012. Although your visit was for the day, it was most significant in its long-term impact. I continue to receive positive feedback from invited attendees from business, government and higher education for your treatment of the symposium topic, Capitalism in Crisis: "Need to Know" Information for Turbulent Times. Your contributions during the afternoon Dialogue/business simulation were most relevant and insightful. There is significant ROI by reading Doing More with Less. You have synthesized complex matters in understandable terms with realistic solutions. I encourage others interested in managing the relationships between business and society in our "new smaller century" to read your book, today. -- Professor Steven N. Pyser, Fox School of Business, Temple University; Convener, Distinguished Speaker Series
Ross_Brinkert_PhD More than 1 year ago
Review Overview I explain how current events add to the importance of Doing More with Less before sharing an in-person experience with Bruce Piasecki and commenting on the value of the book itself. I strongly recommend the book for business leaders and university students. [Scroll down for the full review.] How Current Events Add to the Importance of Doing More with Less Doing More with Less arrives with impeccable timing, as the debt crisis rages on in Europe and as heads continue to spin regarding the deeper lessons learned from the US banking meltdown of 2008. Not only has much of the ordinary citizenry been marching along as if nothing fundamental has changed, most of our business and political leaders are struggling to find their bearings, too. All of this macro-level disorientation is compounded by the micro-level disorientation of tweets, texts, and old fashioned email messages hitting us every minute of everyday. As any serious player recognizes, it's hard to get your head in the game. And yet all of us, especially our so-called 'star players,' are sorely needed on the field to address not only economic and political fundamentals but also social and environmental imperatives and even meaning-of-life matters. Enter Bruce Piasecki. Piasecki doesn't fashion himself as a coach; nonetheless, I like to think of him that way - not in the one-on-one sense of most executive coaching today, but rather in the 'Great Coach' sense of the man or woman with the vision and stature to get us to grasp both the mechanics of the next play and the beauty of an entire human life well-lived. Piasecki's got gravitas. Speaking and writing with the poetry and punch of the pragmatic tradition, he reminds us of the wisdom of Ben Franklin and applies select principles to our present day. Just as Franklin's ideas generated an intensely warm reaction in the US and elsewhere in the world, so too with Piasecki. My In-Person Experience with Bruce Piasecki I had the chance to hear Bruce Piasecki speak at the Crisis in Capitalism Conference at the Fox School of Business at Temple University last Wednesday. I was so looking forward to the event, given the New York Times best-seller status of Doing More with Less and all of the attendant buzz. (The man and his ideas are popping across the planet.) I was not disappointed. Piasecki held all in rapt attention as he explained the importance of embracing the triumvirate of innovation, frugality, and civility. I did not personally talk the issue over with him, but I felt pretty sure at the time he would agree that concept number two is the major game changer here. It was helpful to have him explain how frugality is not cheapness. Instead we should think of it - or better yet work it and live it - in terms of greater consideration and efficiency. Other gems for me were the ideas that closeted wealth is not true wealth (i.e., true wealth is social by nature) and that we should promote 'post-traumatic growth' (i.e., we should do our best to quickly move from the experience of a profound emotion, even a profoundly negative emotion, to take profoundly positive action). The Value of the Book, and My Recommendation After taking in Piasecki in an abridged face-to-face format, I was keen on learning more and purchased the book Doing More with Less. I left the book with a much clearer grasp of how inventiveness, frugality, and diplomacy need to be intertwined. The book is bold in scope yet always masterfully nuanced. It combines a big picture view with practical and sometimes personal examples. Piasecki is a thought leader with the courage to confront our massive and mounting problems yet point out the positive possibilities given his extensive direct experience, book learning, and, let's face it, wisdom. I agree with Gene Miller, the writer of the foreward, that the book needs to get into the hands of business leaders. But, as a professor, I also see how it needs to be in the hands of undergraduate and graduate students. I strongly recommend the book for its compelling content and style.
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Babsl More than 1 year ago
Returning to the wisdom of Benjamin Franklin, Bruce Piasecki shows how frugality and social responsibility produce creativity and wealth in the broadest sense. His voice is strong and his message clear.
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