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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (March 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118172159
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118172155
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #561,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 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.

About 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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Dr. Piasecki is the author of seven seminal books on business strategy, valuation, and corporate change, including his most recent work, "The Surprising Solution." His business articles have appeared in the L.A. Times, Baltimore Sun, Technology Review, and Christian Science Monitor. He is the President and Founder of The AHC Group, a management consulting firm in Saratoga Springs, NY, specializing in energy, materials, and environmental corporate matters since 1981. He has worked with hundreds of global firms, including multinational Fortune 500 companies such as Hewlett Packard, Whirlpool, and DuPont.

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I read the book this morning cover to cover.
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Through his stories and experiences, Bruce gives invaluable lessons which every individual can apply to their life, both in their personal and professional spheres.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tom M on November 22, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I just finished reading "Doing More With Less" and I must say that needed to force my way through to the end of this book. This is likely the result of me not being in Piasecki's target audience. I already consider myself to be a frugal individual and an environmental advocate. I found Piasecki's writing to be self-absorbed and self-promoting. I also found the book to be extremely repetitive. I would challenge those with an electronic version of the book to count the number of instances of "frugal" (including "frugality") and "more with less". However, on page 142, Piasecki writes, "I did not want this book to be repetitive, as much as incantatory..." In my opinion, the incantations in this book were all too recurrent. This book certainly is not for everybody.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Newmexmama on May 22, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I read several chapters with the hopes that this book would get interesting and make some meaningful points, but in my estimation it never did. The content of this book reminded me of the economic psycho-babble of the looters in Atlas Shrugged. I would probably re-title this book "Doing Less With More". This book was a total waste of money.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. Adams on January 23, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I picked up this book because the blurbs and information seemed to be about frugality and following the lessons of Ben Franklin.

Just FYI this "book" is really just 6 chapters, 155 pages total of larger than normal type and a healthy dose of charts. Piasecki talks in very vague terms but manages to say very little in droning blocks of text.

I found very little that was tangibly helpful. The whole tome didn't seem to amount to more than some general droning about the current state of business in the author's views. His sports analogies about "knuckleheads" ruining hockey games somehow being in business didn't make much sense to me. I enjoyed the themes of frugality and interconnectedness, but none of this ever got fleshed out to a practical level.

Considering the amount of name dropping, references to pop culture and number of times the author self-aggrandizes about his other books (mentioned OFTEN throughout the text) I wouldn't really recommend this to anyone. If you want to give it a try it's a quick read for most, but if you want some tips for the individual Money Secrets of the Amish: Finding True Abundance in Simplicity, Sharing, and Saving is a good one, and there are scores of good management books I would recommend above this, almost anything.

Glad I only checked this out from the library instead of buying.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Patti M. on June 1, 2012
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This book "Doing More with Less" wasn't what I expected and I was disappointed after reading it. Price was good, but surely wasn't what I expected, even though I did peruse through a few pages before buying.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bob F. on October 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Bruce Piasecki's words really spoke to me. As a Senior in college in environmental sciences, I agree with many of the points that Bruce presents about modern consumerism and current systems. We as a society need to change our beliefs and behaviors. I was inspired by this book to start a job search in a meaningful field where I can work in a fashion that could help change these societal patterns. It has given me direction on how to proceed professionally in a way that is productive to society.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By WilliamT on March 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent read that is as relevant to the aspiring business professional as it is to a retiree. In these tough economic times frugality and resourcefulness are more important than ever, and the author does an excellent job in demonstrating to the reader how to live these qualities in everyday life. Furthermore, Doing More With Less is well written in that the author is able to maintain an artful and entertaining narrative while still communicating clearly the underlying lessons of the book.

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in self-improvement. I feel I have learned a lot from reading Doing More With Less, and it only took me one cross-country flight to finish it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jon on March 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
In this short and insightful book, Bruce Piasecki uses his experiences as the President of the AHC Group to explain how frugality is a 21st Century competitive necessity. Doing More with Less provides numerous examples of how to think about business in the modern world. Buy this book for ideas on how to create greater returns for your company in today's resource limited economy.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John Chancellor TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
You don't need to be a serious student of current affairs to know that there are two convergent forces which make our current lifestyle unsustainable. One it the diminishing natural resources - primary carbon fuels. They are in decline. The other force is the growing world population - it is constantly increasing, soon to reach 7 billion inhabitants.

We cannot continue our wasteful consumption.

Historically, our excessive consumption is a rather recent event. The industrial revolution, with mass production and harnessing new sources of energy was the beginning of widespread abundance. Since the beginning of time, humans had been living in scarcity. With the growth of capital and credit markets, mass distribution systems, we begin a long age of excess consumerism. As children, we all learned the lessons Benjamin Franklin taught - "A penny saved is a penny earned; waste not, want not." But society as a whole soon forgot those lessons.

Most of society seemed determined to use (waste) as much resources as possible. Unfortunately that is no longer sustainable. So the theme of this book is to make do with less - to return to the lessons we learned as children.

The book draws heavily on the teaching of Benjamin Franklin and his book "The Way to Wealth". This is not just about how to save money or create wealth. The book is more about a philosophy of work and life.

Bruce Piasecki, the author is a well respected business consultant who has taught at the university level. He draws on his wide ranging business contacts and experience as well as his love of and in-depth study of classic literature.
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