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A weekly Small Business podcast and other audio recordings from the Crankset Group.

Latest Episodes

Success in Your Business Relies on Only ONE Thing

Chuck has been consumed for years with the question, "What makes some people successful in business, while others struggle?" In the last couple months it has begun to come together as possibly just ONE thing, and *only* one thing. If you know Chuck, you know he doesn’t believe in quick and easy fixes, silver bullets, or “three magic steps” – all of which sell false hope to those looking for the easy road. But what if there truly is just one simple thing that we could all focus on everyday, that could ensure success? Is it possible? It just might be. Over the years Chuck has identified key success attributes like Vision, Commitment to a Goal, Speed of Execution, Time in Market, Lifetime Goals, The Law of Intentionality, Conation and many others. But what if all of them are simply bits and pieces of The ONE Thing? Possibly the subject of a future bestselling book, we want you to listen in on our highly interactive discussion of what could be The ONE Thing that will make people suc...

69 MIN2016 JUN 8
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Success in Your Business Relies on Only ONE Thing

How to Become a Participation Age Company

The Industrial Age is over, but its culture and business practices are still dominating the front office. These outdated management methods are being rejected by the most successful companies. The Industrial Age gave us a lot of great toys but some very bad business culture. Concepts like manager, employee, retirement, trading time for money, separating work and play, vacation time, office hours, an addiction to benefits, and other Industrial Age diseases still plague the business world. There is no turning back. The Industrial Age is behind us and the Participation Age is fully upon us. People today want to Make Meaning, not just money. Don't be left behind. Come hear how IBM, Best Buy, Zappos and thousands of smaller, even local companies are radically changing the way they approach building their business culture to increase revenue with fewer employees, yet with higher staff retention. This isn't your father's world. Stop leading your company like it is. Come learn: • Why the t...

67 MIN2016 APR 22
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How to Become a Participation Age Company

Why You MUST Take Time Away from Your Business

Research shows that most business owners don’t take time away from their business and the irony is that they are actually hurting their company by working in the trenches day in and day out. If you aren’t taking the necessary time off from your business, you are actually an Income Producer and not an “owner” at all. In this case, your business actually owns you! Listen in on the Business Leaders' Insight Podcast and find out: 1) How to build a “Mature Business” that makes money while you’re on vacation 2) The importance of the 50% Rule and how it will change the way you schedule your time 3) Why taking a vacation is critical to you and your team 4) How to play the Business Owner’s Game What will you and your business gain from being a part of such a transformational discussion? Let’s find out!

63 MIN2016 APR 6
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Why You MUST Take Time Away from Your Business

Proof that an Ordinary Person Can Build an Amazing Business

This is a VERY special BLI Podcast that you won’t want to miss. Join us as Chuck Blakeman, Chief Transformation Officer with Crankset Group, interviews *Jennifer Hanzlick*, a very special business owner and friend in our 3to5 Club Community. Jennifer will share her amazing business journey with us. After being laid off from an 11-year career in financial services, Jennifer combined her professional work ethic and personal industry experience to start Clutter Trucker - a hoarding clean out business. It all began with the purchase of a dump truck and her mom's help to load the truck. It has grown into a thriving business with 18 employees, 4 trucks and a warehouse. She also started an Extreme Cleaning division to compliment the original junk removal business. Come learn: • How to experience true FREEDOM in life and business • The simple things Jennifer did to build her successful business, even with no experience as a business owner • How to build a dream team of people to run you...

68 MIN2016 MAR 16
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Proof that an Ordinary Person Can Build an Amazing Business

The Law of Intentionality

There's been a lot of Laws, Secrets, and Three Easy Steps running around the business world for years. Unfortunately most of them find their allure in telling you how much easier it will be to get what you want by just following their Three Easy Steps. It doesn't work that way. The keys to success ARE actually quite simple, but they are not easy. If you want to run a successful business, you'll do these five things associated with the Law of Intentionality, and we’ll see why “struggle” is so fundamental to building a successful business, and why we should see it much differently than we do. Listen to the Business Leaders' Insight Podcast and find out: 1) Why there are more quotes throughout history on "persistence" than any other subject. 2) Why the traditional business success advice you've gotten is likely so wrong. 3) How an old Indian proverb can be so right about business. 4) The five simple (but not easy) things you can do that will make you successful. Be intentional and j...

56 MIN2016 MAR 2
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The Law of Intentionality

A New Generation of Entrepreneurs

We've got two great, young entrepreneurs at our next Business Leaders Insight Podcast you won't want to miss. Listen in and get a shot in the arm and some great practical advice on how to push your own business forward! PANEL GUESTS: Chad Moore: Sole Owner of EnvioCore LLC. He started 8 Months ago with an idea to change the environmental inspection realm. Chad has been part of the 3 to 5 community for almost 3 months and believes it came at the perfect time! Amy McKnight: Owner and Mac Mentor at The MacSpa LLC. Amy co-founded The MacSpa in 2009, and is now the sole owner of this growing boutique business. The MacSpa provides a stress-free and creative approach to technology support "for you and your Mac." Core services include individual and group training, maintenance plans and upgrades for your Mac, and business I.T. Amy’s path from the service industry to advertising design and print publications to Apple retail paved the way for a collaboration of passions that became The MacSp...

56 MIN2016 JAN 20
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A New Generation of Entrepreneurs

The Four Success Myths

For our next Business Leaders Insight podcast, we expose the four success myths that get thrown around a lot at the beginning of each New Year: 1) New Year's Resolutions Are A Good Idea – (they are a terrible idea – no exceptions; we’ll prove it) 2) Being Organized Should Be The Goal of Any Successful Person (Never! – We have the stats from studying 2,000 sales people to prove you shouldn’t focus on getting organized – there is some much more important to focus on, including why you need to know the 80/20-20/80 Rule) 3) Being Experienced In Your Industry Is the Road to Revenue (This one might surprise you, but being experienced in your industry could be the one thing that keeps you from being successful – we’ll give a dozen famous and local examples to prove it) 4) Be Prepared - The Boy Scout Always Wins (Be Prepared makes a great motto, but we have the research to show it’s not. Being experienced isn’t the key, nor is being well prepared (they’re two different things) We...

67 MIN2016 JAN 6
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The Four Success Myths

Pricing for Profit

Join us and find out why your price is probably wrong right now and how to fix it, even if you’re not in charge of the price itself. • How did Fog Creek Software go from charging $39.95 a month to $99 to $129, to $199 in just two years, for the same product? • Why do you need a different pricing strategy for consumers than you do for businesses? • How do you separate consumers and business buyers if you sell to both? • Do you know the 10 most common pricing mistakes reported by Vistage International? • Why do we find price so mystical and difficult to set? Is some bureaucracy in charge of your price? You're more in charge of it than you think. • Why you should never respond to the market in setting your price. Listen to the Business Leaders Insight Podcast and learn why your price isn't just about revenue. It affects everything from your brand to who you attract as customers. Let's get it right!

65 MIN2015 DEC 2
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Pricing for Profit

The Art of Forming Strategic Alliances

We've got three great, driven business owners for our Business Leader's Insight Podcast you won't want to miss. Join us as Chuck Blakeman interviews our panel of experts on how to develop the most rewarding Lumberjack relationships. lum·ber·jack (noun) Someone who you have an alliance with. They may never buy a thing from you, but will bring you clients (referrals) for years to come. They are going to the forest for us and bringing us matured relationships ready to buy from us. Most local businesses can build their business on the backs of 5-15 Lumberjacks/strategic alliances. Note: Successful business owners never go to networking events. It's because they have built a small group of Lumberjacks who go to the forest for them so they don't have to. So, how should we go about forming strategic alliances with other business owners? To some people it just comes naturally, but for those who aren't "naturals", how do we become great at connecting others and learn how to develop effecti...

71 MIN2015 NOV 18
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The Art of Forming Strategic Alliances

Become the Company of Choice

There are so many people out there doing what you do – how do you get people to drive by four others or skip to you in their email address book as their default choice? First you have to be credible, then you have to motivate them to buy only from you, then you have to educate them as to how they will continue to benefit from what you sell and the relationships you build. Credibility, motivation, education – the three pillars of becoming a company of choice. Learn how to focus on credibility and why it is so important to becoming the company of choice. There are a few simple steps to gaining credibility – listen to our Business Leaders Insight Podcast and become the company of choice! What will you and your business gain from being a part of such a transformational discussion? Let’s find out together!

70 MIN2015 NOV 4
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Become the Company of Choice

Latest Episodes

Success in Your Business Relies on Only ONE Thing

Chuck has been consumed for years with the question, "What makes some people successful in business, while others struggle?" In the last couple months it has begun to come together as possibly just ONE thing, and *only* one thing. If you know Chuck, you know he doesn’t believe in quick and easy fixes, silver bullets, or “three magic steps” – all of which sell false hope to those looking for the easy road. But what if there truly is just one simple thing that we could all focus on everyday, that could ensure success? Is it possible? It just might be. Over the years Chuck has identified key success attributes like Vision, Commitment to a Goal, Speed of Execution, Time in Market, Lifetime Goals, The Law of Intentionality, Conation and many others. But what if all of them are simply bits and pieces of The ONE Thing? Possibly the subject of a future bestselling book, we want you to listen in on our highly interactive discussion of what could be The ONE Thing that will make people suc...

69 MIN2016 JUN 8
Comments
Success in Your Business Relies on Only ONE Thing

How to Become a Participation Age Company

The Industrial Age is over, but its culture and business practices are still dominating the front office. These outdated management methods are being rejected by the most successful companies. The Industrial Age gave us a lot of great toys but some very bad business culture. Concepts like manager, employee, retirement, trading time for money, separating work and play, vacation time, office hours, an addiction to benefits, and other Industrial Age diseases still plague the business world. There is no turning back. The Industrial Age is behind us and the Participation Age is fully upon us. People today want to Make Meaning, not just money. Don't be left behind. Come hear how IBM, Best Buy, Zappos and thousands of smaller, even local companies are radically changing the way they approach building their business culture to increase revenue with fewer employees, yet with higher staff retention. This isn't your father's world. Stop leading your company like it is. Come learn: • Why the t...

67 MIN2016 APR 22
Comments
How to Become a Participation Age Company

Why You MUST Take Time Away from Your Business

Research shows that most business owners don’t take time away from their business and the irony is that they are actually hurting their company by working in the trenches day in and day out. If you aren’t taking the necessary time off from your business, you are actually an Income Producer and not an “owner” at all. In this case, your business actually owns you! Listen in on the Business Leaders' Insight Podcast and find out: 1) How to build a “Mature Business” that makes money while you’re on vacation 2) The importance of the 50% Rule and how it will change the way you schedule your time 3) Why taking a vacation is critical to you and your team 4) How to play the Business Owner’s Game What will you and your business gain from being a part of such a transformational discussion? Let’s find out!

63 MIN2016 APR 6
Comments
Why You MUST Take Time Away from Your Business

Proof that an Ordinary Person Can Build an Amazing Business

This is a VERY special BLI Podcast that you won’t want to miss. Join us as Chuck Blakeman, Chief Transformation Officer with Crankset Group, interviews *Jennifer Hanzlick*, a very special business owner and friend in our 3to5 Club Community. Jennifer will share her amazing business journey with us. After being laid off from an 11-year career in financial services, Jennifer combined her professional work ethic and personal industry experience to start Clutter Trucker - a hoarding clean out business. It all began with the purchase of a dump truck and her mom's help to load the truck. It has grown into a thriving business with 18 employees, 4 trucks and a warehouse. She also started an Extreme Cleaning division to compliment the original junk removal business. Come learn: • How to experience true FREEDOM in life and business • The simple things Jennifer did to build her successful business, even with no experience as a business owner • How to build a dream team of people to run you...

68 MIN2016 MAR 16
Comments
Proof that an Ordinary Person Can Build an Amazing Business

The Law of Intentionality

There's been a lot of Laws, Secrets, and Three Easy Steps running around the business world for years. Unfortunately most of them find their allure in telling you how much easier it will be to get what you want by just following their Three Easy Steps. It doesn't work that way. The keys to success ARE actually quite simple, but they are not easy. If you want to run a successful business, you'll do these five things associated with the Law of Intentionality, and we’ll see why “struggle” is so fundamental to building a successful business, and why we should see it much differently than we do. Listen to the Business Leaders' Insight Podcast and find out: 1) Why there are more quotes throughout history on "persistence" than any other subject. 2) Why the traditional business success advice you've gotten is likely so wrong. 3) How an old Indian proverb can be so right about business. 4) The five simple (but not easy) things you can do that will make you successful. Be intentional and j...

56 MIN2016 MAR 2
Comments
The Law of Intentionality

A New Generation of Entrepreneurs

We've got two great, young entrepreneurs at our next Business Leaders Insight Podcast you won't want to miss. Listen in and get a shot in the arm and some great practical advice on how to push your own business forward! PANEL GUESTS: Chad Moore: Sole Owner of EnvioCore LLC. He started 8 Months ago with an idea to change the environmental inspection realm. Chad has been part of the 3 to 5 community for almost 3 months and believes it came at the perfect time! Amy McKnight: Owner and Mac Mentor at The MacSpa LLC. Amy co-founded The MacSpa in 2009, and is now the sole owner of this growing boutique business. The MacSpa provides a stress-free and creative approach to technology support "for you and your Mac." Core services include individual and group training, maintenance plans and upgrades for your Mac, and business I.T. Amy’s path from the service industry to advertising design and print publications to Apple retail paved the way for a collaboration of passions that became The MacSp...

56 MIN2016 JAN 20
Comments
A New Generation of Entrepreneurs

The Four Success Myths

For our next Business Leaders Insight podcast, we expose the four success myths that get thrown around a lot at the beginning of each New Year: 1) New Year's Resolutions Are A Good Idea – (they are a terrible idea – no exceptions; we’ll prove it) 2) Being Organized Should Be The Goal of Any Successful Person (Never! – We have the stats from studying 2,000 sales people to prove you shouldn’t focus on getting organized – there is some much more important to focus on, including why you need to know the 80/20-20/80 Rule) 3) Being Experienced In Your Industry Is the Road to Revenue (This one might surprise you, but being experienced in your industry could be the one thing that keeps you from being successful – we’ll give a dozen famous and local examples to prove it) 4) Be Prepared - The Boy Scout Always Wins (Be Prepared makes a great motto, but we have the research to show it’s not. Being experienced isn’t the key, nor is being well prepared (they’re two different things) We...

67 MIN2016 JAN 6
Comments
The Four Success Myths

Pricing for Profit

Join us and find out why your price is probably wrong right now and how to fix it, even if you’re not in charge of the price itself. • How did Fog Creek Software go from charging $39.95 a month to $99 to $129, to $199 in just two years, for the same product? • Why do you need a different pricing strategy for consumers than you do for businesses? • How do you separate consumers and business buyers if you sell to both? • Do you know the 10 most common pricing mistakes reported by Vistage International? • Why do we find price so mystical and difficult to set? Is some bureaucracy in charge of your price? You're more in charge of it than you think. • Why you should never respond to the market in setting your price. Listen to the Business Leaders Insight Podcast and learn why your price isn't just about revenue. It affects everything from your brand to who you attract as customers. Let's get it right!

65 MIN2015 DEC 2
Comments
Pricing for Profit

The Art of Forming Strategic Alliances

We've got three great, driven business owners for our Business Leader's Insight Podcast you won't want to miss. Join us as Chuck Blakeman interviews our panel of experts on how to develop the most rewarding Lumberjack relationships. lum·ber·jack (noun) Someone who you have an alliance with. They may never buy a thing from you, but will bring you clients (referrals) for years to come. They are going to the forest for us and bringing us matured relationships ready to buy from us. Most local businesses can build their business on the backs of 5-15 Lumberjacks/strategic alliances. Note: Successful business owners never go to networking events. It's because they have built a small group of Lumberjacks who go to the forest for them so they don't have to. So, how should we go about forming strategic alliances with other business owners? To some people it just comes naturally, but for those who aren't "naturals", how do we become great at connecting others and learn how to develop effecti...

71 MIN2015 NOV 18
Comments
The Art of Forming Strategic Alliances

Become the Company of Choice

There are so many people out there doing what you do – how do you get people to drive by four others or skip to you in their email address book as their default choice? First you have to be credible, then you have to motivate them to buy only from you, then you have to educate them as to how they will continue to benefit from what you sell and the relationships you build. Credibility, motivation, education – the three pillars of becoming a company of choice. Learn how to focus on credibility and why it is so important to becoming the company of choice. There are a few simple steps to gaining credibility – listen to our Business Leaders Insight Podcast and become the company of choice! What will you and your business gain from being a part of such a transformational discussion? Let’s find out together!

70 MIN2015 NOV 4
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Become the Company of Choice