Chuck Blakeman

Author, speaker, and founder of the Crankset Group.



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Resolve to Never Make a New Year’s Resolution


The best resolution you could make in January is to not make a New Year’s Resolution. They rarely work, and tying them to the New Year nearly ensures they never will.

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The Short Straw of Failure


For years I’ve been hunting down reasons why people are successful, or why they aren’t. In the last few weeks an over-arching single reason seems to be forming for me.

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The Long Pole of Success


A few years ago I spent a day finishing my first book, because I wanted to go to New Zealand 21 months later. If I didn’t do it that day, the trip was in jeopardy. Why? Because the Long Pole of Success is very predictable.

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A Strategy is Not an Objective


There is a lot of Business Buzzword Bingo out there around these two words, but they are too important to your success to get them confused.

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Your Mission is Not Your Vision


Vision and Mission are two very different things. And the smaller your business, the more you need them both. Those who have both and live by them always make more money.

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To make more money, do as little as possible.


Small and local business owners need to choose a very narrow market. When they do, we assure them they will make more money. Here’s a voice mail I got yesterday from one company who went narrow. It’s much more powerful than any theory.

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Knowing vs. Knowing


The ancient Greeks had two distinctly different words for knowledge. One of them is good for business owners, the other one, not so much.

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Trapeze Moments in Business


One of the most common drivers of success is how we handle Trapeze Moments in business. All too often the most sensible response is the wrong one.

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We don’t know HOW to get where we’re going.


A few years ago the Fortune 500 CEOs were all surveyed and ask this question:

“What is your greatest fear?”

The #1 answer – “I’m afraid I will be found out to not know what I’m doing.”

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Why we’re excited to make less money right now.


In 2006, we worked hard to become profitable within the first 18 months of building Crankset Group. And the profits went up each year until 2010. Then they started going down and that’s when we got excited. It was a very good sign.



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Chuck’s Books

Why Employees Are Always a Bad Idea (WEAAABI) is radical book about the Participation Age, for everyone who: has a job, owns a company, or manages people.

Making Money is Killing Your Business

You’re too busy making money; no business can survive that. Your business should give you both time and money. Not just money.

Making Money is Killing Your Business

Our Company

We started Crankset Group out of the desire to help small businesses grow and mature. Along the way, we have developed a lot of the tools and practices that we’ve created working directly with business owners. Now these tools and resources are available to you.

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