Building High Performance Cultures And Talent Management Across A Variety Of Global Sports Teams Including 2014 NBA Champions San Antonio Spurs, Where He Has Assisted Them In Building A Performance Model For Sustained Success.
Leadership, sports, and performance development expert Mike Forde is recognized globally as he’s worked with the most recognized sports leagues Europe and the U.S. That includes soccer, the NBA, MLB, NFL, and the NHL. He creates game changing methods and pioneer practices that create benchmarks for leading teams.
Mike was employed as the Director of Football Operations & Executive Club Director for Chelsea Football Club in the SPL. Chelsea won the UEFA Champions League, Europa League, Premier League title and three FA cups, making that period the most successful in the club’s history.
He was later the Performance Director for Bolton Wanderers Football Club. He holds a BSc Sport Science degree from Liverpool John Moores University and a MSc Psychology & Sport from San Diego State University.
Mike is a popular speaker for performance and talent management discussions. He has practical applications for developing high performance cultures.
Building High Performance Teams
In an era where companies have to be successful from day one, it is critical to build the right performance focus within your teams for sustained success. There are no winning and losing companies – people make them winning and losing. Building a close, tight knit high-performance team can be achieved by anyone once the core principles are understood. Learn how to design a high-performance team; understand the principles of selecting and deselecting talent to achieve this goal and how to build a highly accountable team mentality that can survive change and the threat of competition.
Creating Winning Cultures
In a world where the portability of talent between companies has never been at such a high turnover rate, it is imperative that all organizations and teams design and create the right culture. People come and go, but the culture is the one constant that survives over time. In this presentation learn the core principles of creating a winning, sustainable culture. Explore and develop how to build the boundaries and values that drive success, and irrespective of where your company is on its own personal journey, you will leave with a tool kit for helping take your companies culture to the next level.
Leading Talented People
In a talent economy the ‘war for talent’, as McKinsey’s said back in the 1990’s, is over! Talent Won!! Every organization has to now embrace a new economy where attracting, retaining, and developing your best talent is the only lasting competitive advantage in a cutthroat business world. Learn the principles of how to create a company culture that both attracts and retains talented people. In addition, learn how to maximize the productivity of these special individuals and understand what strategies and techniques can be adopted to bring the best out of them on a daily basis.
Growing High Performance People
In every company the quest for finding tomorrows ‘unicorn’ talent is the single biggest focus for most CEO’s and talent managers. As talent hitting the workforce now has more employment options than ever before, how an organization positions how they will grow and nurture their talent is a huge competitive advantage. Learn how to create an environment and a set of principles for development that will seduce talent to stay, and also allow you to create a ‘talent factory’ brand in the marketplace to attract tomorrow’s star talent.
“Mike Forde was an excellent selection as a keynote speaker. His ability to educate an audience on the many facets of true management, whether it be of people, brands or products was a huge success with my audience of b to b companies and their marketing agencies. His presentation was a fresh approach for how to make sound, fact-based business decisions…while at the same time leveraging his life experience in the world of sports management.
His appearance was fresh, insightful and educational. He was approachable, his presentation was well thought out and he was easy to work with prior to the event. He was even engaged with the audience well past the time he was scheduled to be on-site. I would definitely recommend him to any event producer.”
“Not only did Mike Forde impress our clients and staff with his insights about talent management and performance culture. He also managed to transfer key learnings from football to business and even communication. Mike’s knowledge and authentic enthusiasm for the field of performance gives you new ways of looking at things and motivates you for change. His presentation inspired us all!”
Anders Hall Grøterud
“Mike Forde is one of the best speakers I have ever experienced in over 10 years of running international conferences for sport and business.
He is able to captivate any audience with his world class knowledge of “Performance” and his unparalleled experience dealing with some of the biggest names in business and sport around the world.
He has gravitas and humour in equal supply making him a rising star on the global speaker circuit.”
“Mike Forde kicked off our week-long Group staff event. Every participant was thrilled with Mike’s insights of talent and performance management from the perspective of someone who does this with a world-class football team. Most importantly and much appreciated were the connections and relevance Mike made to our multi-billion dollar corporate environment.
These insights and connections resonated with the audience because of Mike’s style. He was well prepared, energetic and humble while displaying enormous credibility as a leading executive in the professional football community.
Mike comes with my highest recommendation and appreciation of meeting our needs and surpassing our expectations.”
Emirates Telecommunications Corporation