About Trust Inside
I believe in thetransformative power of restoring Human Dignity, Belonging, and Trust.
When I’m getting to know a person, I ask them to tell me about a time when their dignity was taken away. Often, these are the moments that hold so many of us back from what we can achieve.
My moment came at age nine. My parents told me I was adopted, and I thought, Why would someone not want me?
Everyone is born with an innate sense of dignity—the worthiness of being respected, cared for, and valued. But when something overthrows this sense of worthiness, the impact can stay with us throughout our lives.
It’s discovering our story around dignity, and surrounding ourselves with people who reinforce our worth, that allows us to weaken the impact and regain our power.
Belong. Build. Believe.
My Background & Purpose
I specialize in facilitating transformations in human beings and business leaders by helping them create trust communities and cultures of inclusion. These communities and cultures help people feel inspired, increase their engagement, and improve organizational performance on every level. I inject a passion for excellence into those I serve while delivering impact through sustainable growth
Over the course of my career, I’ve worked in sales, business development, and leadership in seven different industries, including as President of the Wholesale Division for Yankee Candle; Senior Vice President of Global Sales, Customer Service, and Analytics for Rawlings Sporting Goods; and CEO of Challenger Turf Inc.
Building My Own Business
Since 2017, I have advised business executives through my own company, Ask Inside. In 2021, I continued that work by becoming a Vistage Chair, facilitating meetings of northern New England’s business owners and executives who come together to solve problems, support each other, and design innovative solutions to grow their businesses.
We Can Do Great Things
Whether it’s running a business, competing in an Ironman, or being a good husband and father, I know that I can only be successful when I surround myself with folks who believe in me and lift me up. Because when we feel like we belong, we can do great things.
Belong. Build. Believe.
About Mike Thorne
When I was nine, my parents told me I was adopted, and it shattered my sense of identity and belonging. After that point, I believed being “perfect” was the only way to avoid rejection and abandonment. For years, I chose to trust only myself.
It was only through finding the people I felt I belonged with and could trust, through sports, work, friends, and family, that I was able to build my confidence and truly believe in my ultimate success.
I call this group of people your personal trust community.
In my own, my wife supports my emotional and social well-being. Father John supports my spiritual well-being. My personal trainer, Suzan, supports my physical well-being. They, along with several others, have helped me unleash my own greatness.
Seeing my own transformation using the help of my personal trust community spurred me to want to help others find their personal trust communities too.
I now help executives and individuals determine what’s holding them back, restore their dignity, and build personal trust communities in their lives and organizations to unleash their own greatness and achieve their goals.