Chuck Blakeman

Author, speaker, and founder of the Crankset Group.



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Participation Age Practices: DEG Invites Everyone to Start Something

Stakeholders as Entrepreneurs


Most companies are mired in the front-office business practices of the Industrial Age. But the Participation Age is a tidal wave breaking over the workplace. How are P-Age companies different? Here’s another example:

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The 21st Century Industrialist Is Not a Capitalist

Day 4 of 21 days with Chuck’s new book, Why Employees Are ALWAYS a Bad Idea


The 21st century Industrialist is one of the core business diseases to come out of the Industrial Age. “Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful; that’s what matters to me.” – Steve Jobs

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The Human Carnage of the Industrial Age

Day 1 of 21 days with Chuck’s new book.


We left the Information Age in the early 2000s when Web 2.0 became pervasive. Part of our business culture has moved into a new era, the Participation Age, but a bigger part of it is still stuck in the Industrial Age. And its wreaking havoc.

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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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Take the Test; Are you an Employee or a Stakeholder?

(hint: employees drool)


We believe employees are always a bad idea, and that people at work should all be Stakeholders instead. Read through the side by side comparisons and see how see how you stack up as a Stakeholder or as an employee.

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Yahoo’s CEO Marissa Mayer Is Officially An Industrialist

Home Alone.


After I wrote my last post on why working 9-5 is a bad idea, I found out Yahoo’s CEO Mayer was killing telecommuting. It’s a classic failure of leadership and will get her the opposite result than she hopes.

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Industrialists Are Not Capitalists

but they’re all over the place, even today.


People love to throw stones at Capitalists, but it’s the Industrialists who are the problem. And they are a very different animal. I’m a fire-breathing Capitalist, and I don’t relate to these guys. Let’s throw stones in the right direction.

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Live Longer - Don’t Retire.

Golf is bad for your future.


A 90-year study of 1,528 Americans called The Longevity Project shoots holes in the retirement dream. Turns out goofing off for the last thirty years of our lives is a really bad idea.

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Employees will hate where the world is going.

Hire Stakeholders (they’ll love it)


We’ve talked a lot about the cultural damage of the Industrial Age. New studies are jumping on board suggesting that the workplace is headed in directions that will make “employees” and Industrial Age companies very unhappy.

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Every Business Owner Should Have Freedom Days

Do you?


The business owner’s game: “How do I make MORE money in LESS time?” Profit AND Freedom. The practitioner only gets Profit (at best). The business owner gets both Profit and Freedom Days. What are Freedom Days?



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