Chuck Blakeman

Author, speaker, and founder of the Crankset Group.



Tag: intentionality

There are 8 posts tagged intentionality.

Articles This Year

View articles by the month they were written.


Articles-by-Year

View articles by the year they were written.

Skinny Line

New Year’s Resolutions Don’t Work

But quiet resolve will.


The last New Year’s resolution I made was 20+ years ago, and it was to never make another New Year’s resolution. It’s the only one I’ve ever kept.

We do it every year. “I hereby resolve”… blah, blah, blah. A kept resolution is harder to find than a moose in Miami.

Skinny Line

Why I’m going to the Congo on Wednesday.

Live well by doing good.


Four and half years ago we started The Crankset Group and 3to5 Clubs to help business owners get to their Ideal Lifestyle, and to fulfill my vision of focusing on solutions to poverty. On the latter, we’re taking a radically different approach.

Skinny Line

You get what you intend, not what you hope for.

Our Intention - New Zealand


When we started this business four years ago we decided we wanted it to grow up and make money while we’re gone. Today we leave for New Zealand for 3 1/2 weeks while others run the business. We’ll do things like that regularly going forward. We weren’t lucky, just intentional.

Skinny Line

Business Owners Should Always Be Normal, But Never Average


I think businesses should grow up. I don’t mean “it would be nice if it happened.” I mean we should all, every one of us, expect our businesses to grow up and start giving back to us and to the world around us. We should assume that at some point in the first few years our business would move from survival right through success to significance.

Skinny Line

The #1 Indicator of Success in Early Stage Businesses


Move Quickly

Very few business owners expect their business to support them right out of the gate. More often than not, the expectation to receive income from outside the business gives the owner a false sense of security and a lack of real intentionality to build a business. We assume it’s supposed to be this way, and if we look around at other business startups and some of the really awful advice we get, we’re told it could be 18-24 months before the business even breaks even. So we take that 18-24 month window and use every bit of it, burning through outside money like there’s no tomorrow, and feeling just fine about it because it’s supposed to be this way.

Skinny Line

Wandering and Wondering In Business


Are you wandering through your business wondering what it could be like when/if…?

Skinny Line

The Law of Intentionality – it’s no secret.


More often than not, we catch what we pursue, not what we envision. Contrary to a commonly held popular narrative, we aren’t successful by just envisioning what we want. There are three legs to the Success Stool, not just one:

Skinny Line

Why Product Focused Owners End Up on the Treadmill.


Last week we tried to give perspective to the idea that being the classic Systems Focused owners are great business builders but aren’t such great business starters. This week we want to see why Product Focused owners start the most businesses, but are the most likely to end up on the treadmill.



Other Recent Posts

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

Our Company

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.

On Twitter

Twitter is a great way to get ahold of me or interact with me.

Stay-in-touch

I’d love to let you know what I’m up to from time-to-time.