Chuck Blakeman

Author, speaker, and founder of the Crankset Group.



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Lewis & Clark - Your Best Business Heros

Maps are over rated.


Don’t look at IBM, Starbucks or Facebook to see how to start and grow a business successfully. The adventures of pioneers Lewis & Clark 208 years ago are the prototype for all of us. Things don’t often work out as we planned. Most often what happens instead is the good stuff.

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People who ask HOW work for people who ask WHY

Ask WHY a lot more than HOW.


Here are six questions, in the order you should ask them, that will help you start, grow and build your business. The most important ones are the ones you ask least often.

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Business is Full of Beaver Dams

Struggle is Good. Embrace The Dams.


Traditional business plan thinking tells you that if you plan well enough, you’ll avoid all the “problems”. But usually it’s those “problems” that lead you to the best plan.

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A Business Plan Will Not Make You More Successful


Palo Alto Software, which makes business planning software, just did a survey to their own users to show that those who completed business plans that they started with Palo Alto were nearly twice as likely to successfully grow their businesses or obtain capital as those who didn’t finish.

This research is a classic example of “there are lies, damnable lies, and statistics” (stolen from Twain who got it from someone else). An even more reasonable conclusion – people who DO SOMETHING and follow through on it are twice as likely to successfully grow their business.

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Planning won’t even get you a good plan, let alone success.

Stop thinking. Get moving.


Planning does not create success or even the best plan. It also doesn’t create action. Most planning just creates paper, spreadsheets, complexity, doubt, paralysis, and dream-dampening. There are two things that create a far better plan than planning itself.

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Making Money is not an Empowering Vision


To build a business that provides you the lifestyle you want, you need a vision that motivates you. And guess what? Making money is not an empowering vision. I know plenty of people who’ve tried it including me.

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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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How I bought 10-15 days off, 21 mths from now.


We had five days straight of overcast, rainy, sloppy weather Friday thru Tuesday in Denver, something we almost never see. It dominated Memorial Day weekend and kept us all inside for the most part.

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You’re almost certainly a hostage of your business and don’t know it.


During the Iranian hostage crisis in 1980, I listened to an expert describe why being a hostage for a short period of time was exponentially worse then being sentenced to prison for many years.

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Every Business Owner Needs Two Bosses. Do You Have Them?


Ever feel like you’ve got 11 ping pong balls to hold under the water and only 10 fingers? There is a solution.



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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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