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 30 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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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.
Table of Contents
Foreword Gene Miller vii
Competition and the Tangle of Social Needs: A Preamble 1
Part I Competition and the Tangle of Social Needs 19
Chapter 1 In the Company of Knuckleheads 21
Chapter 2 Scarcity and Creativity 43
Part II Unstoppable Frugality 63
Chapter 3 The Art of Competitive Frugality 65
Chapter 4 Doing More with Less: An Essay on Freedom and Fate 85
Part III Near the Future 115
Chapter 5 An Idler in the City: Capitalism Is Where We Live 117
Chapter 6 Another Day Will Tell 149
About the Author 159
Also by Bruce Piasecki 161
What People are Saying About This
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.)
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)
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)
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)
Read this book and grow. (Gordon Lambert, Vice President of Sustainability, Suncor Energy)
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)
Bruce Piasecki redefines what winning looks like for all of us. (Gerald Bresnick, Vice President of Environment, Health & Safety and Social Responsibility, Hess)
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)
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)