My name is Mike Trup. (My parents called me Michael if they were angry with me. I hope you aren’t, so Mike will do nicely.)
This blog is an eclectic collection of thoughts on business, politics, random experiences and things that have shaped my perspective. I am interested in working with C.E.O.s and management teams to maximise performance and build an optimal culture. Business can be interesting, fun and rewarding. It can also be stressful, lonely and frustrating. Sometimes an advisor can help shed some light on a problem or opportunity that you are just too close to see. Please contact me via my consultancy, Adman Management Partners, if you like what you read and would like to discuss ways in which I might be able to help.
Like most people born in Western Europe and the U.S.A. in the second half of the 20th Century, I was a winner in the ‘ovarian lottery’. I believe we can play a role in shaping our life but much is out of our control and the only thing we can truly do is manage our attitudes to what happens to us. We take too much credit for our successes and often too much blame for our failings.
Few would argue against the premise that we are in the ‘age of celebrity’, yet in business and in life generally there are many heroic characters who go about their business in a quiet but highly effective manner. They don’t get enough attention. The rest of us are just ‘muddling through’ , learning from our mistakes, trying to remember to have some compassion and not to get too caught up in the pursuit of material wealth and social status. The best antidote for this, I believe, is to observe with compassion, try and help with some insights and to laugh at ourselves when we see ourselves too caught up in things that really do not matter in the big scheme of things.
My perspective is of one who has some 35+ years of work experience in a wide variety of settings, a public company retailer, a small family business, a ‘Big Four’ professional services firm, three different Fortune 100 companies and for the last 19 years taking my business from start-up to multi-million pound company and exiting in a trade sale. Most recently I formed Adman Management Partners Ltd, a strategic and management consultancy aimed at helping ambitious S.M.E.s. reach their goals.
Of equal importance, I have also been an angel investor, a non-executive director of a NASDAQ entertainment company, a trustee of a couple of small charities, a champagne waiter, ditch digger,Liberal Party candidate, research student on anarchism, shop assistant, university lecturer and a social activist. I have visited over 50 countries, some of which do not exist any more. At some point in the next 40 years, I probably won’t exist anymore either, then we will be even!
I hold a first-class Hons. Degree in Politics and Economics from Queen Mary College, University of London and an M.B.A. from Middlesex University Business School. Most of what I have learned though has been from life, which has often been ‘more interesting’ than I would have wished for at the time.
What I write falls into three broad categories: Business, Musings about the world order and Treading lightly through my past memories for my own and hopefully your amusement and occasional insight. If my blog provokes your thought or enjoyment, then it will have done its job. I also do some consulting and mentoring, working with executives and businesses to overcome the challenges they face and make better decision. If you would like to explore these possibilities further, please contact me via LinkedIN or my consultancy Adman Management Partners.
You can find me on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaeltrup