Chuck Blakeman

Author, speaker, and founder of the Crankset Group.



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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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Contentment is dangerous.

Pursuit, Not Acquisition


We work so hard to achieve contentment. Be careful, it could be a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

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Business Buzzword Bingo

And Why You Shouldn’t Play


Big words are a turnoff for most customers and make our offer sound like a Dilbert cartoon. So why do we use them when short words would do just fine? Who are we trying to impress?

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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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Your Mission is Not Your Vision

Why you need both.


Vision and Mission are two very different things. And the smaller your business, the more you need them both. Those who have both and live by them always make more money.

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Beliefs Matter.

Your success depends on them.


Every one of us runs our business on our beliefs. The problem is most of us don’t write them down. We’re winging it, so that in the most critical decisions, we wander away from what we believe and decide based on the shiny object in front of us. Success requires that we stay true to what we believe – all the time. What do you believe? Write it down, and make every decision based on it. Here’s our beliefs:

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Why new pain is better than old pain.

Misery is optional. Pain is not.


The myth – “The pain I know is better than the pain I have yet to experience”. We avoid risk because it might cause pain, and we’re not sure we can handle it. So we just muddle along with the known and tolerable pain of an unremarkable life.

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How to make more money down the road.

Stop trying to be efficient.


Companies tied to Industrial Age mindsets are addicted to something called “efficiency”. But being efficient is a terrible principle on which to run and grow a business. Efficiency is more likely to drive you to bankruptcy than to success.

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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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Stop trying to achieve balance

Teeter Totters rule.


Balance is another lousy Industrial Age artifact. Successful people don’t live a balanced life. They don’t want one, either. Want a successful life? Stop seeking balance.



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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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