Companies with Soul No Longer Have Employees

How many times have you been told to leave your personal life at home or to leave work at work? This is a concept we (Rob and I) have never really embraced. Part of that may be because we have been entrepreneurs for most of our lives, but even when we worked for other people (me only about 1 1/2 years in total and Rob off and on throughout his adult life) we always found big corporate policy and mentalities to be severely lacking. Even as I studied psychology I balked at the “don’t disclose about your personal life to clients” belief system on some levels.

We had a phenomenal conversation with Chuck Blakeman, author of Why Employees are Always a Bad Idea. In fact, this has been one of my favorite interviews we have ever done on any of our podcasts. Why? Because not only was Chuck wonderful to talk to, but his message is profound. With some of his past clients including Apple, Microsoft and Eli Lilly, you can see that he is reaching some powerful leaders. Speaking across the globe, Chuck has been spreading the message of how companies can transition into becoming participation companies.

But what does that mean? First, try to imagine no more labels at work? No more managers, no human resources department, no office hours, take vacation anytime you want, etc.  Whoa!! Are you wondering how that could work? Well, guess what? It is working for a number of companies already.

Work may seem like a four-letter word to a lot of people, but what if your work was meaningful instead of just a job that gives you a paycheck? Instead of a being an employee, you would be a stakeholder in the company. We should all be encouraged to ask “why”…and by doing so not be considered troublemakers, but instead creative thinkers!

We also talked briefly with Chuck about how our educational system is designed to set up our kids to keeps their mouths shut and do what they are told – then they will be ready for the workforce! Ugh! As you may already know, we are advocates for huge educational transformations in this country, and Chuck does talk about this in his book as well.

I could write and write on this topic, but I really want you to hear what he has to say. So, listen to this episode and then jump over to his website – read, watch videos, and decide how you can take action to help change our world for the better!

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Chuck Blakeman is a Best-Selling Business Author and World-Renowned Business Advisor who has built eigh!t businesses in seven industries on four continents, and now uses his leadership experience to advise others. His company, Crankset Group, provides outcome-based mentoring and peer advisory for business leaders worldwide in the U.S., Europe, Africa, and Asia.

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

Mr. Blakeman is a results leader, and has decades of sales, marketing and operations experience leading companies in marketing, import/export, fulfillment, call centers, website development, printing and direct mail processing.

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

He is a convention speaker, writer, and non-profit board member. His first book, “Making Money is Killing Your Business”, was named #1 Business Book of the Year by the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), the largest business owner association in America. His newest book, Why Employees are ALWAYS a Bad Idea, has already been named a Top Ten Business Book of the Year and is required reading at the University of Georgia’s MBA Program.

Recent speaking appearances include Kenya, DR Congo, Ireland, New Zealand, and across the US. 100+ times a year. Recent print and online appearances include Inc. Magazine (regular contributor), Success Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine,, He was recently cited in Dr. Stephen Covey’s recent book, The 3rd Alternative.

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Bringing our whole, messy, creative selves to work,

Drs. Rob + Janelle Alex, Ph.D.
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