Chuck Blakeman

Author, speaker, and founder of the Crankset Group.



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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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The Three S’s Of The Industrial Age

Safety, Security, and Stability


My mother, who was born in 1921, grew up in the Great Depression and entered the workforce in 1943 after nurse’s training, taught me to pursue three things in life, the three S’s of the Industrial Age:

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The Short Straw of Failure

One Simple Thing


For years I’ve been hunting down reasons why people are successful, or why they aren’t. In the last few weeks an over-arching single reason seems to be forming for me.

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What to Obsess About in a Maturing Business

Not survival.


You found a viable product or service. Then you grew the business into a stable, healthy profit-generator. Now what?

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Attitude actually ISN’T everything.

Close, but no cigar.


I’ve heard it all my life. Your attitude determines your altitude, attitude is everything, attitude is a choice, etc. Good luck with that. It sounds like a big fake “grind” to me. And I’m certain it won’t make you successful.

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What Do You Want to Be Known For?

An empowering vision.


What are you building with your business? Do you know? If not, it’s never too late to get this answer. Stop for a moment and get it, because every decision will fall from this one if you have it answered. People who try to make money rarely make very much of it. People who answer this question understand it is where significance begins.

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The Problem of Big

I’m a Smallist.


In 2009 our economy was rated by the National Security Agency as a higher threat to our national security than terrorism. One side blamed big government and the other blamed big business and big banks. But virtually no one was angry with local business or local government. This is very instructive as to where the problem is and where the solution lies.

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Abundance and Significance – Making More Money in the Participation Age.


For almost 200 years we were in the Industrial Age, followed by four “Ages” in less than 40 years: The Post-Industrial/Service Age. The Technology Age, the very short 5-10 year Information Age, and what some including me are now calling the Participation Age.

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The Four Cornerstones of Business Success & Significance


The Four Cornerstones of Success and Significance are A Big Motivator and Three Bosses.

  1. The Big Motivator – or The Big Why – Lifetime Goals
  2. Boss #1 – A simple Strategic Plan that runs my daily business
  3. Boss #2 – Process Maps and Process Descriptions to create freedom and a reproduceable business (and make it worth a lot more money)
  4. Boss #3 – Outside Eyes on my Business to catch the blindspots and bring balance and completeness to my leadership.


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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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