Chuck Blakeman

Author, speaker, and founder of the Crankset Group.



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Why Business Plans Are a Business Disease

Day 19 of 21 days with Chuck’s new book, Why Employees Are ALWAYS a Bad Idea


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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If You Can Plan a Vacation, You Can Plan a Business

The Random Hope Strategy Doesn’t Work


What are the first three things you have to decide to plan vacation? They are the same three questions you should have asked when you started your business. You’re where you are because you didn’t.

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Business Buzzword Bingo

And Why You Shouldn’t Play


Big words are a turnoff for most customers and make our offer sound like a Dilbert cartoon. So why do we use them when short words would do just fine? Who are we trying to impress?

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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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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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People who ask HOW work for people who ask WHY

Ask WHY a lot more than HOW.


Here are six questions, in the order you should ask them, that will help you start, grow and build your business. The most important ones are the ones you ask least often.



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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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