EP #86: Interview – Chuck Blakeman Discusses Participation Age

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IF you are a Business Owner, Millennial, Manager, Multigenerational Team or a Business Leader – This interview will give you the knowledge to see where business is heading and it is not a phase!


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Chuck: “The Industrial Age is over, but its dehumanizing culture and business practices still dominate the front office. Concepts like manager, employee, and trading time for money—along with other Industrial Age diseases—plague the business world and suppress growth, profitability, and longevity.

Great companies are giving everyone their brains back. Companies of every size are leaving behind the outdated management practices of the Industrial Age to grow exponentially faster with fewer employees. They’re doing it with a Participation Age culture that:

  • Encourages full participation and sharing
  • Creates ownership and great decision-making at every level
  • Requires adults to be self-managed and
  • Results in increased stability and much higher staff retention.”


Chuck Blakeman is a successful entrepreneur, best-selling business author and world-renowned business advisor who built ten businesses in seven industries on four continents, and now uses his experience to advise others. His company, Crankset Group, provides outcome-based mentoring and peer advisory for business leaders worldwide.

Chuck sold one of his businesses to the largest consumer fulfillment company in America and led three other $10-$100 million companies. He presently leads the Crankset Group and a for-profit business based in Africa, focused on developing local economies to solve poverty.

Chuck is a results leader with decades of experience leading companies in marketing, import/export, fulfillment, call centers, website development, printing and direct mail processing.

Some of Chuck’s customers have included Microsoft, Apple, Eli Lilly, TAP Pharmaceuticals, Sun Microsystems, Tyco Healthcare, Johns Manville and many more Fortune 5000s and smaller businesses.

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