Chuck Blakeman

Author, speaker, and founder of the Crankset Group.



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Trapeze Moments in Business

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One of the most common drivers of success is how we handle Trapeze Moments in business. All too often the most sensible response is the wrong one.

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Growth Can Kill Your Startup...

And Profit Can Kill Your Growth


Huh? Aren’t profit and growth both good? Only in the right sequence. Focus on the wrong one at the wrong time and either one of them can drive you out of business.

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Risk what I risk, not what I say.

Grab the flag. Lead the charge.


Recently a client and good friend said, “I would be willing to bet a smart guy like you with a lot of success in your past wasn’t in danger of losing your house when you started your business, even if it had failed.” She’s wrong, but she’s not at all alone in believing that. Why?

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What the Christchurch earthquake teaches us about business.

Safety is not the objective.


We were in Auckland when it happened. Everyone there knows someone in Christchurch and felt the impact, if only emotionally. Among the business owners there was a single thread: life is full of risk and we’ll all just have to get back on the horse as quickly as we can. I think there’s something else in this tragedy for business owners as well.

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Why Purell is Bad for Your Business

Eat Dirt. Be Strong.


I walked into the bread shop and there it was – a Purell hand sanitizer dispenser on a pedestal right in the middle of my path; not up against a wall somewhere, but standing like a security guard five feet inside the entrance, loudly reminding me that life is full to the brim of things that just might go wrong. Dodging that sad monument to the sterile life I realized it was symbolic of so many things that keep us from being successful.

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Act your way to a new way of thinking – get disoriented.


Bob Parsons of GoDaddy says simply “get and stay out of your comfort zone”. I agree and would add that adults don’t learn unless we are disoriented.

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Clarity, Hope and Risk – growing a successful business.


In the big picture there are really only three things we need to grow a Mature Business.

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Wandering and Wondering In Business


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



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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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