About Mike Gastin
As you’ve surely guessed, my name is Mike Gastin. I’m an entrepreneur, writer, speaker and consultant dedicated to the idea that building better businesses creates a better world.
When it comes to business, I’ve done it all—worked joe jobs, did a stint with a multi-national, launched a start-up, acquired established companies and I've even had a spectacular failure. (Pro-tip: Don’t start a business in South Africa at 27, underfunded with no experience, and having lived there for only a few months. It likely won’t end well. Just saying.)
Even as a kid I had the business bug. I sold seeds door-to-door, mowed lawns and was even a pet sitter while other kids played and relied on an allowance or their parents’ good graces. I took great pride in buying my first pair of Levis with the money I had earned. The independence I felt that day was powerful; I loved that feeling and still do.
Since then I’ve worked in the energy, publishing, manufacturing, distribution, consumer goods, health care, banking, agribusiness, and pharmaceutical sectors. I've yet to find an industry that's not fascinating and full of creativity and I suspect I never will.
In addition to my business design consultancy, I own Bob Wright Creative, a communication design firm, where I provide strategic direction and leadership.
When I’m not spending time with my family, who are my life’s biggest blessing, I’m either helping clients design better businesses, writing, speaking or traveling.