Chuck Blakeman

Author, speaker, and founder of the Crankset Group.



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The Participation Age

Are you?


We’re out of the Information Age and well into the Participation Age. It’s your time – are you participating?

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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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What to Obsess About in a Maturing Business

Not survival.


You found a viable product or service. Then you grew the business into a stable, healthy profit-generator. Now what?

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Beliefs Matter.

Your success depends on them.


Every one of us runs our business on our beliefs. The problem is most of us don’t write them down. We’re winging it, so that in the most critical decisions, we wander away from what we believe and decide based on the shiny object in front of us. Success requires that we stay true to what we believe – all the time. What do you believe? Write it down, and make every decision based on it. Here’s our beliefs:

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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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Attitude actually ISN’T everything.

Close, but no cigar.


I’ve heard it all my life. Your attitude determines your altitude, attitude is everything, attitude is a choice, etc. Good luck with that. It sounds like a big fake “grind” to me. And I’m certain it won’t make you successful.

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Why I wrote “Making Money Is Killing Your Business”


I built five businesses from the ground up. Each time in the process I found myself as a hostage of my business, never knowing how it would work out, how I would get off the treadmill, or most importantly, a firm date for when I could look forward to enjoying my business. It all seemed to be up to chance, and that the best I could do was work harder and increase my “chances”.

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The Four Cornerstones of Business Success & Significance


The Four Cornerstones of Success and Significance are A Big Motivator and Three Bosses.

  1. The Big Motivator – or The Big Why – Lifetime Goals
  2. Boss #1 – A simple Strategic Plan that runs my daily business
  3. Boss #2 – Process Maps and Process Descriptions to create freedom and a reproduceable business (and make it worth a lot more money)
  4. Boss #3 – Outside Eyes on my Business to catch the blindspots and bring balance and completeness to my leadership.
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What an old guy told me that changed my life.


The Time, Money, and Energy Conundrum – When I was just starting out, a creepy old guy (about my age – mid-50s) told me life had a built in problem. He said “The problem with life is this.

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Retirement is a Bankrupt Industrial Age Idea


Retirement is a really bad, bankrupt, industrial age idea that was never a good idea in the first place. It was invented by big businesses to steal the best 40 years of our lives so they could discard us when our good years were all behind us.



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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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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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