Chuck Blakeman

Author, speaker, and founder of the Crankset Group.

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At Nearsoft, No Managers and Complete Freedom Create Responsibility, Not Anarchy

Leaders at Nearsoft believe that when you give people complete freedom, it makes them even more responsible, not less. It’s counter-logical, but actually very intuitive.

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DaVita: a 65,000 Person Corporate Village, or Just a CEO’s Nutty Dream?

What if a global business was not a soulless profit machine, but a community, a “village” where everybody had a brain, made important decisions for the corporation, and promoted and lived in community? Could it work? It already is, and we can all learn something important from them.

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How To Get Off The Treadmill and Never Have a Bucket List

There is a good explanation for why we get stuck trying to simply make money and rarely get around to building a life that matters. We are constantly fighting to balance two opposing daily realities: The Tyranny of the Urgent vs. The Priority of the Important.

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Successful People Are Peacemakers, Not Peacekeepers

If it weren’t for people, my business would be perfect. Business is sometimes simple; dealing with people is hard. Peacemaking fixes that. Peacekeeping makes it worse.

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The Degeneration of the Handshake, and Why It Matters to You

Is the handshake devolving? Is there a business opportunity here for those paying attention? Just maybe — on both accounts.

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3 Reasons Why You Should Only Have One Goal The Rest of Your Life

If you don’t have a vision for your own life, you’ll become part of someone else’s vision for theirs.

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Time Away From Business Is As Important As Time Working In It

Surveys show 76% of CEOs, owners and founders don’t take time away from the business. The sad irony is that nothing will hurt their ability to grow a successful business more than working in the trenches every day.

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Riding a Bike In Tuscany Taught Me Why People Don’t Set Goals

"Are you lost?" "No, I just don’t know where I am."

I learn a lot riding my bike. We’re in Tuscany for a month and today was the sixth day of riding. Twenty glorious days to go. The first day, and every day since, I simply decided which direction I was going (north, south, toward the hills, away from them, etc.), then got on my bike and went.

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The 7 Deadly Words You Can Never Afford to Use

Words express our deepest beliefs. If you want a successful business or a great life, these words won’t help you get there.

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3 Reasons Why One Company’s $70,000 Minimum Wage Hurt Everyone Who Got It

At Payment Systems, Inc., everyone now gets $70,000 a year minimum. But people are quitting, and others are sharing complaints heard in factories a hundred years ago. Shouldn’t everyone be thrilled?

There are three big reasons why this is destructive, and such a bad idea for the people who work there.

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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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