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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Why Correcting Stakeholders Can Make Things Worse

Mistakes vs. Patterns


Too often we correct or admonish people when we shouldn’t, and plenty of times we let things slide when we should jump right in. Here’s a very simple principle for figuring out when to get involved.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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