Chuck Blakeman

Author, speaker, and founder of the Crankset Group.



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Giving Responsibility vs. Giving Tasks


I just finished a whirlwind trip to Ireland, California, Ohio and Virginia. In each of those places I had discussions with business owners around how to get people to take initiative. One thing that came out was that a lot of us think we’re giving people responsibility when we’re really just giving tasks. The results are very different from one to the other.

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Why Pleasing Your Customer Isn’t Always a Good Thing


We always want to push the limits of customer service, but sometimes it can be the worst thing for your business.

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BLOCK is a Participation Age Company


Read this great blog post from the co-founder of London-based Block, Jon Pickering.

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The Participation Age and the Importance of the Fourth S


I sat with the African egg vendor and twenty or so others in a mud brick building with no doors or windows, just openings. The average person in the room made between $30 and $60 a month in U.S. dollars, which was more than a lot of other people there made.

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Balance - How to Lead a Boring and Unremarkable Life


Balance is another lousy Industrial Age artifact. It’s a disease, not a cure. Successful people don’t live a balanced life. They don’t want one, either. Do you want a successful life? Then stop seeking balance.

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Why Business Plans Are a Business Disease


Not a single Fortune 500 was started with a business plan; not one. They understood that the second worst thing someone starting a business can do is create a business plan, and the worst thing they can do is follow it.

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Complexity: A Business Disease of the Industrial Age


Complex things are naturally bigger, shinier, and with more moving parts and blinking lights than simple things. They’re mesmerizing. It’s easy to be fascinated with all the facets, angles and possibilities that come with being complex. But complexity destroys productivity.

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Your Competition, Isn’t


I’ve personally landed millions in contracts from small companies to giant technology and pharmaceutical corporations, and I’ve never once thought about “competition.” It has never been a factor. I actually don’t think I have any, and I don’t believe you do, either. If you think you do, you just might be thinking like an Industrialist.

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Scarcity Disease, The Plague of the Industrialist


“You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.” Zig Ziglar. You either live in a world of abundance or in a world of scarcity, and whichever one you choose effects every decision you make.

Companies that live in a world of abundance will flourish in the Participation Age.

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Education: One of the Business Diseases of the Industrial Age


The uneducated (those who learn without school) are, by almost every measure, doing much better than their mortar-boarded friends. Our Industrial Age education system would like you to believe it’s not true, but the fox is guarding the hen house.



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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

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