About Speaker Mike Forde…
Mike Forde is one of the world’s leading authorities on elite talent and high performance, having worked in professional sports since 1998. 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 is the go to expert for some of the great sports leaders from the world of the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and European Soccer.
Between November 1999 and July 2007, Mike was Performance Director for Bolton Wanderers Football Club, also in the EPL. Mike also consulted 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, Mike 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 won the UEFA Champions League, Europa League, Premier League title and three FA Cups. The most successful era in the club’s history.
In 2013 Mike branched out to create the leading Consulting and Software company ‘Sportsology’ based out of London and New York. Mike now has a client list of the ‘who’s who’ of professional sports including 2019 NFL Super Bowl runner-up L.A. Rams; 2018 NFL Super Bowl Champions Philadelphia Eagles; and 2017 NFL Super Bowl runner-up Atlanta Falcons.
Over the past four years Mike has built a powerhouse business consulting around building high performance teams and ‘Talent Factories’ for over 30 professional teams across five global sports. Through his extensive work Mike has created a clear methodology around building high performance environments and leading talent that is repeatable and scalable for teams and companies anywhere to take their organizations to the next level.
In addition, Mike is co-author of the inspiring business book ‘Quiet Leadership’ (with over 100,000 sales globally) and a consistent publisher in the Financial Times; MIT Sloan; Harvard Business Review and many other leading business publications.