Chuck Blakeman

Author, speaker, and founder of the Crankset Group.



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Barry-Wehmiller – Another Great Participation Age Company

They’re Everywhere.


Participation Age companies make higher profits, are more stable, have more cross-trained people, exponentially higher Stakeholder satisfaction and retention, and great longevity. Are you looking to join one, or become one? Here’s another great example:

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Why It Isn’t Hard to Find Self-Managed Stakeholders

If you believe you can’t...


We regularly highlight companies in every sector with a few dozen to tens of thousands of Stakeholders who all function without managers. How can they find thousands of Stakeholders, when others seem to have trouble finding just a few?

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Giving Responsibility vs. Giving Tasks

How to get people on board


I just finished a whirlwind trip to Ireland, California, Ohio and Virginia. In each of those places I had discussions with business owners around how to get people to take initiative. One thing that came out was that a lot of us think we’re giving people responsibility when we’re really just giving tasks. The results are very different from one to the other.

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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 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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Stakeholders - A New Model for the Participation Age

Day 10 of 21 days with Chuck’s new book, Why Employees Are ALWAYS a Bad Idea


The Industrial Age created the modern employee on such bad assumptions (you’re stupid and lazy) that the whole concept is simply broken. Both the word and the concept of “employee” are not redeemable. The Participation Age requires Stakeholders.

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Why Employees are Always a Bad Idea

Day 5 of 21 days with Chuck’s new book, Why Employees Are ALWAYS a Bad Idea


This Industrial Age concept was never a good idea for companies, and was worse for the “employees”. Today, companies that move forward without employees will thrive. Those that don’t will fall behind.

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Manage Stuff. Lead People.

The end of management.


Management is good. Managers are bad. There is no room for them in a Participation Age business. People don’t need to be managed; they need to be led. The difference is not semantic, it is gigantic.

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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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How to Stop Managing & Be Productive Instead

Toddlers, teens or adults?


We’ve already said WHY Management Is a Bad Idea. Here we identify HOW to stop managing so you and everyone else is more productive.



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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

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.

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