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Doing More with Less: The New Way to Wealth Hardcover – March 6, 2012

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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
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,075,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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There is no actual information or guidance on how to do more with less in this book. Instead,
the author talks about a variety of topics, but I couldn't really say what the point was. There weren't any stories to anchor any chapters, but comments that come and go with no purpose.

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In one chapter, he says something like "and that's why I don't think peer-reviewed journal writing is very important," but I'm not sure what he's talking about or why.

In another chapter he talks about his single mother taking in foster kids [the perfect real-life topic to address doing more with less], and instead of going through lessons he learned from his mother, it leads to a comment about how the school principal once brought him into the office to ask if his "Mexican brother" and his "black brother" were really his brothers, as they claimed, and he said they were. And then there's nothing else about this.

The title offers so much opportunity to discuss actually doing more with less. Time management (break things into 4 categories: important/urgent thru unimportant/non-urgent). Sure, this was covered in the 7 Habits book, but at least it has value. This book has none.
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How not to write a book

This book addresses an important topic, and leaves readers with something to think about - the social and cultural bacjground conditions for economic activities. I found the opening anecdote helpful. The author tells about going to a hockey game with his family, and his good time was ruined by a group of super-fans who made a lot of noise, screamed and yelled uncontrollably, and blocked everyone's views of the game by leaving their assigned seats and crowding near the front. His 12 year old daughter is mature enough to see that there is something terribly off-base about this behavior. The author labels it 'knuckleheaded' and explains briefly that what such superfans miss is that their enjoyment depends upon the other fans, the other team, the enjoyment of the fans of the other team, the health of the league and the health of the sport itself. He labels competition under such a recognition 'frugal competition' because it voluntarily lays down those excesses that undermine the conditions of competition. He then extends this idea to corporate behavior in a world of over-population and environmental limits. Corporations are going to have to become more frugal in their competitive practices, acknowledging the necessity of employees, consumers, a healthy cultural surround for markets and a healthy planet. All of this is good. It is worth two stars.

For the rest, the author simply babbles. He has no other point to make, and apparently, no other time to devote to writing a book. It is, opening chapter aside, the worst written book ever. One wonders why Wiley published it. Except one must notes that whatever the reason, Wiley was not following the rules of frugal competition. There are enough books. Far too many.
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