The New Way to Wealth

Book: Doing More with Less
Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc. has announced the upcoming publication of Bruce Piasecki’s latest book, set to be released in March 2012.

In this book, the author convincingly lays out the case for a return to frugality, providing relevant examples from his 30 years of experience as a management consultant and change agent. Piaceski deftly explains how this approach to competition is relevant, and provides readers with the framework to look at what’s next without tottering toward failure. [learn more…]

The Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce announced today that it will host Bruce as a speaker during a luncheon in September.  Please see the press release for details on how to enroll.  All participants will recieve a free copy of The Surprising Solution.

The eight regional Countywide Chambers announce a special luncheon opportunity for their members. Tuesday, September 21st, Bruce Piasecki will address members of these Chambers at a luncheon held at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center, 660 Albany Shaker Rd., Albany.

Bruce Piasecki is the President and Founder of AHC Group (www.ahcgroup.com), a consulting firm specializing in environmental, energy and frugality consulting. He is also the author of several books. He has worked with large international corporations such as Toyota, a Warren Buffett firm and ConAgra to help them make changes in how they are doing business. These changes created more financial, environmental and resource efficiency.

Following a difficult economic time, an awareness that carbon based energy sources are finite and the realization that changing the way we do and create business can save both these resources as well as money, he is now reaching out to some small businesses to speak about the reinvention of how businesses need to function; “Doing More With Less”. He will discuss how small businesses need to capitalize on the ideas from the past; specifically inventiveness or creative problem solving, frugality and diplomacy. Frugality in how we operate our physical business, our human resources, our capital and our carbon energy is the answer to better business and a distinct com­petitive advantage.

Registration is from 11:00 – 11:30, lunch is 11:30 – 12:00, Piasecki’s program is 12:00 – 1:00. Cost of the event is $50 which includes a copy of The Surprising Solution.

To register for this event, please call one of the following Chambers with whom you are affiliated. Payment is expected at time of registration:

Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce, 798-1761

Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce, 431-1400

Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, 828-4417

Fulton County Regional Chamber of Commerce & Industry, 725-0641

Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, 842-8200

Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce, 274-7020

Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce, 584-3255

Schenectady County Chamber Of Commerce, 372-5656


Sure, we can see the market value of BP slipping away, as a result of the oil spill, but  the social costs are not so clear. According to Reuters, BP is worth 36 percent less than before the oil well burst in April.

In Bruce’s latest article about the diaster, he argues that the spill will have greater social implications.

“It has taken over three months for the immediate impacts to be felt across the globe. But as the social wake of this world-changing technical mistake grows in consequence each week, it has become a corporate governance and social matter more than a technical and financial one,” he says.

Bruce says that the diaster will give strength to what he calls “Avatar Environmentalists.” 

 In January, AHC Group, will facilitate a panel discussion that addresses the issues companies are challenged with facing as a result of the oil spill. The panel, Enterprise Risk and Corporate Communications, will feature speakers from Hess, Masco and Suncor Energy.

To learn more about the panel, and our other workshops in Phoenix, visit us at www.ahcgroup.com .

“In this smaller world, we must all become like Ben Franklin — frugal, inventive, diplomatic and witty in the face of opposition and limits.”

This quote from Bruce’s latest piece, The Art of Competitve Frugality, published last month in Industry Week, recognizes the need to do more with less in this growing world.

To read the entire article visit:  http://www.industryweek.com/articles/the_art_of_competitive_frugality_21822.aspx?ShowAll=1

For more on these ideas, listen to Bruce’s interview with David Gibbons:


What are your thoughts on competitive frugality?  Is it necessary to our future success?

Check out the link to read a review of Bruce’s latest book, The Surprising Solution, available at Amazon. 


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Michael Jackson at the Reagan White House, 1984

Michael Jackson at the Reagan White House, 1984

Over the past two years, millions of Americans have faced the trauma of losing their homes to foreclosure. One of them was Michael Jackson, the superstar who amassed one of the great entertainment fortunes during his 40-year career.

While it will take months for the forensic accountants and estate attorneys to settle his exact financial affairs, it is abundantly clear that he wasn’t the victim of Bernie Madoff or some other Ponzi artist, and he can’t be described as a having a lack of conventional business sense. What happened to Michael is exactly similar to others being plowed under by the stresses in this new global market.

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Green Air Radio Interview

Rich Awn of Green Air Radio interviews AHC Group president and founder Bruce Piasecki on the paradoxical link between ecology and the economy, as described in his latest book, The Surprising Solution. Click the media link to preview the audio.