Jerry Manas, Author, The Resource Management and Capacity Planning Handbook

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10 Proven Military Strategies for Breakthrough Resource Management

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Do you feel like you’re constantly being asked to do more with less? Are your people frequently being pulled off of strategic work to address emergencies, pet projects, and other interruptions? If so, you’re not alone. Indeed, with pressures mounting and competition increasing, there seems to never be enough resources to tackle what needs to be done.

It may feel like you’re being asked to do battle, but there’s no need to fall on your own sword! Look no further than the great military strategists – from Sun Tzu (500 BC) to Napoleon – for how to beat the odds despite limited resources.

Join Jerry Manas, author of The Resource Management and Capacity Planning Handbook, for an in-depth look at applying timeless lessons from a thousand years of military strategy to today’s most common resource problems. In this session, you’ll learn:

  • How to gain speed and agility with the resources you have

  • How to protect your resources from being over-booked, over-used, and burnt out

  • What to do when “everything is important”

  • How concentration and economy of force can give you competitive advantage

  • Why “divide and conquer” and multitasking often fails

Learn these crucial insights on how to improve your resource planning and not feel like you’re going into battle every day.


Jerry Manas is an internationally best-selling author, speaker, and consultant. He is frequently cited by leading voices in the world of business, including legendary management guru Tom Peters (“In Search of Excellence”), who often references Manas’s bestselling book Napoleon on Project Management for its insights on simplicity and character, and Pat Williams, Senior VP of the Orlando Magic, who called Manas’s book Managing the Gray Areas “a new path for leaders.” 

Jerry’s latest book is The Resource Management and Capacity Planning Handbook (McGraw-Hill), which Judith E. Glaser, noted author of Conversational Intelligence, touted as “the first book dedicated to what is essentially the drivetrain of organizations—the effective use of its people toward its most important activities.”

A sought after advisor, Jerry helps clients maximize their organizational people resources, leading to a greater capacity to innovate, a more value-focused workforce, and an increased ability to adapt to change. He is a popular speaker at events around the world, speaking on lessons from history, resource planning, organizational change, and other topics. Jerry’s work has been highlighted in a variety of publications, including the Houston Chronicle, Chicago Sun Times, National Post, Globe and Mail, Huffington Post, and others.

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