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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (March 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118172159
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118172155
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #798,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Bruce Piasecki is the author of nine seminal books on business strategy, valuation, corporate change, and sustainability, including his most recent works, "The Surprising Solution," "Doing More With Less" (a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller), and "Doing More With Teams." His business articles have appeared in the L.A. Times, Baltimore Sun, Technology Review, and Christian Science Monitor, among other publications.

He is the President and Founder of The AHC Group, Inc., a management consulting firm headquartered 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, Toyota, and DuPont.

His latest book, "Missing Persons," explains the core philosophy of a man who, propelled from an impoverished and fatherless childhood, became an internationally, sought-after resource for the world's largest corporations. In this set of 70 vignettes, Piasecki channels his poetic side--a side that was first noticed at Cornell when his book of poems was published under the title "Stray Prayers" in 1973.

Dr. Piasecki's next book, "New World Companies: How Global Corparations are Impacting Our Families, Our Friends, and Our Future," is due to be released in November 2015 by Square One Publishers.

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12 of 12 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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12 of 14 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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5 of 5 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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The main theme of this book is an obvious one that is generally overlooked, the larger the organization the more it is passed over. It is all about waste that can be eliminated with no negative consequences and lower costs with increased profits. Despite the new sources of fossil fuels that are being opened up there is still a limit to how much can reasonably be extracted from the Earth.
Oil is not the only natural resource that is limited and will run out at some point in the foreseeable future. There are projections that many essential raw materials will also be exhausted in a timeframe that is within the lifetime of a baby born this year.
The solution is twofold, the first is to use less in an intelligent manner and much of that is simple to execute and will save rather than cost money. For example, most energy saving devices pay for themselves within a few years, so it is smart to swap out that old microwave and refrigerator in the company kitchen. Safely archiving an email and only printing it out when necessary is another.
One of the most effective increases in organizational productivity is to simplify email messages that are now the most common form of communication. Surveys have indicated that the modern office worker spends a significant amount of each day processing email messages. Shaving an average of a few seconds off the handling of each message will significantly increase overall productivity. Towards that end I recommend the book "NAKED WORDS: The Effective 157-Word Email" by Gisela Hausmann. Her findings are consistent and complementary with what Piasecki has discovered and states in this book, "there are many ways to do more with less and some of those tactics improve the work environment as well.
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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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