Chuck Blakeman

Author, speaker, and founder of the Crankset Group.



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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 Results-Based Culture and What It Will Do For You

Day 12 of 21 days with Chuck’s new book, Why Employees Are ALWAYS a Bad Idea


There is a growing wave of companies rejecting the front office practices of the 21st century Industrialist. Here’s what a Participation Age company looks like. They come in in all sizes and industries, and are showing us the future of business is already here.

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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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Six Steps To Hiring A Great Stakeholder

…and on the seventh step, they rested.


We’re 75% of the way through the process of hiring our Chief Connecting Officer (they’re too important to be called a sales person) and only now have we asked for resumes, what we call “tombstones”. We have six things we look at, in order, and looking at the resume early on is not one of them.

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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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