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Mike Forde

Mike Forde is one of the leading authorities in the world on talent management and high performance

Mike Forde Biography

A pioneer in elite sports, a leading speaker on performance development and a trusted advisor to businesses and athletes across the globe, Mike Forde is recognised around the world for creating “game changing” methodologies in the management of world class, multi-cultural talent.

His work has become a benchmark for leading teams around the world, from elite sports to corporate talent management.

Mike has and continues to work with some of the greatest talents both on and off the field in world sport. He is uniquely placed to bring to life the leadership and business lessons from some of the greatest case studies of high performance, talent management and leadership innovation available today.

Based in New York, Mike is one of the World’s leading authorities on elite talent and high performance, having worked in Elite Sports since 1998. The 40 year old is widely recognized as a world performance expert having worked in the world’s most prestigious sports leagues both across European Soccer and Elite US Professional Sport including the NBA, NFL, MLB and the NHL.

Mike has a rich background and experience in creating ‘game changing’ methodologies around management of world class, multi-cultural talent. His work in pioneering new practices in elite sports world have become a benchmark for leading teams across the globe.

Mike currently advises on Building High Performance Cultures and Talent Management across a variety of Global Sports and teams including the Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons and the Brooklyn Nets. Mike and his Ingenio Management platform will be assisting them in building a performance model for sustained success.

Mike also consults closely on Corporate Knowledge Capture, with Sir Dave Brailsford and two-time Tour de France winners Team Sky Cycling. Between August 2007 to July 2013 he was employed as Director of Football Operations & Executive Club Director for Chelsea Football Club in the EPL, dealing with all areas of performance and team operations relating to the 1st team.

In this period Chelsea have won the UEFA Champions League, Europa League, Premier League title and three FA Cups. The most successful era in the club’s history. Between November 1999 and July 2007 he was Performance Director for Bolton Wanderers Football Club, also in the EPL and holds a BSc Sport Science from Liverpool John Moores University and a MSc Psychology & Sport from San Diego State University.

Mike is a sought after worldwide expert in Performance and Talent Management discussions, drawing on his elite experience to impart and develop wide ranging learning, integration and best practice in High Performance Cultures and practices and its practical implications and transfer to the world of business.

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Testimonials for Mike Forde

“Mike brought an attention grabbing, motivational message about high performance, mind set and team collaboration – all wrapped around personal accountability. His message received rave reviews from our conference participants.”

John Bahnken

President, Citizens Bank Wealth Management

“From the start, Mike was completely engaged with our leadership team to understand our business and make sure his message was on point. Mike went out of his way to really understand some of the people in the organization and the challenges we face. During his talk, Mike did a great job connecting to the audience and linking his experiences to those we have in our business today. A winning guy and a winning day to help make us a winning team”

William E. Jackson

Senior VP and CTO, Bemis Company Inc

“Mike did a great job at our sales kickoff event. He related well to an international audience, was able to provide interesting stories, and linked his message to several frameworks for high performing individuals and teams.”

Janet Matsuda

CMO, Nimble Storage

“Mike spoke at our Deals Summit ‘High Performing Talent’ event in January of this year. His topic on building a winning culture and developing high performing talent was a great success and real hit with the 900 strong audience of senior partners and leaders within the business. His engaging style and content, combined with his rich experiences from the very highest level of world sport left a very lasting impression on the strategy and people within our business.”

Martyn Curragh


Mike Forde‘s Topics

Building High Performance Cultures
  • The building blocks for a High Performance Culture
  • The characteristics of High Performance teams
  • How to get people to work together effectively
  • The practical steps you can take to build a successful team
  • How to search for, recruit, retain, maximise and replenish talent
Using Big Data
  • How to use ‘Big Data’ to gain competitive advantage
  • How to get started in building a ‘data insight’ led business
  • How to use data to make better decisions
  • How to use data to understand and manage your talent
Managing Talented Individuals
  • How to manage talent with big egos
  • How to get talented people to work as a team
  • How to know when to ‘cut’ talented but disruptive talent
  • How to manage and maximise the value of talented individuals
Handling Multi-Cultural Workforces
  • How to handle people from different cultural backgrounds
  • How to get them to work as a team
  • How to communicate and manage them as individuals
  • How to understand and deal with their differences to facilitate

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