Chuck Blakeman

Author, speaker, and founder of the Crankset Group.

It’s Time To Debunk The Myth That People Are Your Greatest Asset

Leaders have trumpeted this worn-out buzzword phrase for decades now. And every time it’s repeated, it allows leaders to ignore working on the one thing that truly is their greatest asset, or in most cases, their greatest liability.


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.

We never say people are our greatest asset-to them, to ourselves, or to the business world in general. We have the best people you can find, not because we use worn-out buzzword phrases, but because our beliefs lay the foundation for attracting and retaining great people.


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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