Chuck Blakeman

Author, speaker, and founder of the Crankset Group.



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BLOCK is a Participation Age Company

Founder Jon Pickering gets it.


Read this great blog post from the co-founder of London-based Block, Jon Pickering.

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The Participation Age and the Importance of the Fourth S

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


I sat with the African egg vendor and twenty or so others in a mud brick building with no doors or windows, just openings. The average person in the room made between $30 and $60 a month in U.S. dollars, which was more than a lot of other people there made.

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Balance - How to Lead a Boring and Unremarkable Life

Day 20 of 21 days with Chuck’s new book, Why Employees Are ALWAYS a Bad Idea


Balance is another lousy Industrial Age artifact. It’s a disease, not a cure. Successful people don’t live a balanced life. They don’t want one, either. Do you want a successful life? Then stop seeking balance.

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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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Complexity: A Business Disease of the Industrial Age

Day 18 of 21 days with Chuck’s new book, Why Employees Are ALWAYS a Bad Idea


Complex things are naturally bigger, shinier, and with more moving parts and blinking lights than simple things. They’re mesmerizing. It’s easy to be fascinated with all the facets, angles and possibilities that come with being complex. But complexity destroys productivity.

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Your Competition, Isn’t

Day 16 of 21 days with Chuck’s new book, Why Employees Are ALWAYS a Bad Idea


I’ve personally landed millions in contracts from small companies to giant technology and pharmaceutical corporations, and I’ve never once thought about “competition.” It has never been a factor. I actually don’t think I have any, and I don’t believe you do, either. If you think you do, you just might be thinking like an Industrialist.

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Scarcity Disease, The Plague of the Industrialist

Day 15 of 21 days with Chuck’s new book, Why Employees Are ALWAYS a Bad Idea


“You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.” Zig Ziglar. You either live in a world of abundance or in a world of scarcity, and whichever one you choose effects every decision you make.

Companies that live in a world of abundance will flourish in the Participation Age.

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The Participation Age Company - Is Yours?

Day 13 of 21 days with Chuck’s new book, Why Employees Are ALWAYS a Bad Idea


The Participation Age isn’t futuristic. Companies in all industries have escaped the core business diseases of the Industrial Age to Make Meaning, not just money. And they make a lot more of both. Can you?

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The Results-Based Culture and What It Will Do For You

Day 12 of 21 days with Chuck’s new book, Why Employees Are ALWAYS a Bad Idea


There is a growing wave of companies rejecting the front office practices of the 21st century Industrialist. Here’s what a Participation Age company looks like. They come in in all sizes and industries, and are showing us the future of business is already here.

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The Seven Business Cultures – Which One Is Yours?

Day 11 of 21 days with Chuck’s new book, Why Employees Are ALWAYS a Bad Idea


“Culture eats strategy for lunch.” – Peter Drucker. What You Believe Determines Your Culture. A company with two people in it has a culture, and that culture is simply what you believe and value. Those beliefs and values determine how you make every decision. The outcome of those decisions is your culture. Which of these seven identifies your company?



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