Chuck Blakeman

Author, speaker, and founder of the Crankset Group.

81% of Adults Would Work Better Without a Manager: Are You One of Them?

More and more companies are eliminating managers altogether. Would you be one of the four out of five that would thrive there?


Hi, my name is Chuck Blakeman and this is where I write about my work with business founders and leaders and provide simple tools to help transform your business as well.

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.


I’d love to let you know what I’m up to from time-to-time.

The Gallup Employee Engagement Index shows that 29% of people could be self-managed without being encouraged to do so. Another 52% will take charge and be contributors if they were in the right environment that encourages participation. And 19% are incorrigible – they won’t step up no matter how hard you encourage it. The good news is that if a company creates the right culture and a managerless structure, 81% of people will get on board.


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Chuck Blakeman has an off the grid approach to business that has been adopted by thousands of business founders and leaders. He has bootstrapped eight wildly different business from the ground up, making every mistake possible along the way to some big wins. As an internationally acclaimed business speaker averaging more than 100+ speaking engagements and workshops per year, he has been quoted and featured in Entrepreneur Magazine,,, other online magazines and small business blogs throughout the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand.

His company, Crankset Group, works with business founders and leaders around the world to help them make more money in less time and get back to the passion that brought them into business in the first place, so they can build a mature business in support of their Lifetime Goals.

Chuck’s vision is to live well by doing good.

Business Advisory

We provide Business Advisory Services to help business leaders and owners:  

  • Enhance their business practices and culture to increase revenue

  • Attract and retain the best talent in the world, by turning their employees into Stakeholders

  • Make more money in less time

  • Get off the treadmill

  • Get back to the passion that brought them into business in the first place