Rasmus Ankersen

Rasmus Ankersen

Best Selling Author, Entrepreneur and Keynote Speaker on Talent and High Performance Culture

Rasmus is a trusted advisor to businesses and athletes around the world. In 2012 he published The Gold Mine Effect, in which he explores how some countries and cities develop a disproportionate amount of top talent. This was followed in 2016 by Hunger in Paradise: a book about how successful organisations can remain successful by eliminating complacency.

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Rasmus is a bestselling author, entrepreneur, speaker on performance development and a trusted advisor to businesses and athletes around the world.

Rasmus is also the author of two books: The Gold Mine Effect, in which he explores how some countries and cities develop a disproportionate amount of top talent and Hunger in Paradise, a book about how successful organisations can remain so by eliminating complacency.

Over the past few years, Rasmus has been hired to share his research on high performance cultures by global brands like LEGO, Google, Boston Consulting Group, IKEA, Google, Facebook, Hitachi, Roche, Ernst & Young and many more.

Rasmus is also the Chairman of FC Midtjylland, his childhood football club in Denmark, and a Director of the English club Brentford FC. Both are known as some of the world’s most innovative football clubs, especially recognised for their use of big data to drive decision-making.

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“Rasmus is a truly fascinating man with a real insight into high performance both for individuals and teams. Rasmus is not just about theory, his lessons are rooted in real hard field research.”

Sir Clive Woodward, Rugby World Cup Winning Coach


“Rasmus has consistently been rated as one of the best speakers to take the stage at Google events. Importantly, he was able to draw on a wide range of experiences and stories that resonated with a particularly diverse audience, which is often one of the most challenging aspects when searching for inspirational keynote speakers.”

Graeme Standing, Google UK


“From Rasmus you don’t just get theories, you get concrete tools working in the real world. He is the ultimate coach.”

Casper Stylsvig, Global Sponsorship Director, Manchester United

Hunger in Paradise

While organisations talk a lot about how to achieve success, they talk way too little about the consequences of success. About the complacency, arrogance and resistance to change, which often follow as a shadow of success. Success often produces complacency. It happens to individuals, companies and nations. For the past five years, Rasmus Ankersen has studied how successful companies can stay successful, and in this speech he will share his answers to questions like: How do you stay humble when the company cashes in record profits?...

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The Gold Mine Effect: Crack the Secrets of High Performance

We all want to discover our hidden talents and make an impact with them. But how? Rasmus Ankersen, an ex-footballer and performance specialist, quit his job and for six intense months lived with the world's best athletes in an attempt to answer this question. Why have the best middle distance runners grown up in the same Ethiopian village? Why are the leading female golfers from South Korea? How did one athletic club in Kingston, Jamaica, succeed in producing so many world-class sprinters?...

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Zornigers ankomst var en Molotov cocktail for Superligaen. Hans første to år i ligaen må selv de værste rivaler bøje sig i støvet for. På mange fronter en disruptor for dansk fodbold, som flyttede ikke blot sin egen klub, men også dens konkurrenter.


Why are professional athletes significantly over-represented in small towns? Met with Professor @jeancote46 to discuss the birthplace effect, one of the most interesting concepts in talent development.

I wrote a piece about a colossal, unwieldy thing running aground due to stubbornness, and causing grievous damage to both the UK and France. My editor gave it a Brexit headline, for some reason. Not sure why. Read about the tragedy of the Torrey Canyon: https://t.co/zl6kHPNLV5

🗣 co-Director of Football Phil Giles discusses our strategy and work during this transfer window


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