Chuck Blakeman

Author, speaker, and founder of the Crankset Group.



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Why Our Favorite Questions Keep Us On The Treadmill

The Four Short-term Q’s


There are six basic questions we ask in business, but we only love the first four. We ask those four all the time. We’re consumed with them:

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The Long Pole of Success

Truth & Consequences.


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

Know the Difference - Grow Your Business


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

Why you need both.


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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How: the worst, most asked planning question

How now, never later.


It’s a terrible long-range planning question, but we love to ask “HOW will we get from where we are to our three year objective?” Asking HOW ensures nothing remarkable will happen and is much more likely to lead you to disaster.

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Two things a business owner should never do.

The 2nd is worse than the 1st.


One of the worst things you can ever do is write a business plan. But easily the worst thing you could do is follow it. It’s a great way to go out of business. It’s the 97% rule.

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Lewis & Clark - Your Best Business Heros

Maps are over rated.


Don’t look at IBM, Starbucks or Facebook to see how to start and grow a business successfully. The adventures of pioneers Lewis & Clark 208 years ago are the prototype for all of us. Things don’t often work out as we planned. Most often what happens instead is the good stuff.

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How to Start a Business

Don’t follow MBA, SBA or SCORE advice.


The SBA’s SCORE site had a “how to start a business” blog recently, but the traditional MBA-style advice is too “ivory tower” to work. It’s both much simpler and a little harder than they make it sound.

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New Year Planning? Do as little as possible.

Simple vs. Complex


Annual planning, the way we’ve been taught, is largely fortune telling and a waste of time. Plan more effectively by doing less of it.



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

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