Is a one-of-a-kind, jack-of-all-trades, who spent over a decade of his life perfecting his skills as an leader, motivator, and operations manager in the amusement park industry.At the age of 21, he accepted a full-time position as the Games Manager at Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, Missouri, and pushed himself to create a fun and exciting atmosphere for his employees working in a seasonal capacity. As a Games Manager, Cole oversaw the daily operation of the park’s midway games, along with several duties including hiring, training, purchasing, overall sales, and daily motivation.
Cole became nationally recognized in the summer of 2011, after he was featured on the nationally-syndicated radio program This American Life with Ira Glass. The 32 minute piece showcased Cole’s style of leadership and management, while focusing on the major principles Cole felt were important in creating a fun and exciting atmosphere for his employees.
Cole continues to share his story with individuals across the country and ultimately wishes that all employees, in whatever job, truly do enjoy and love what they do.
Listen to Cole on This American Life
Oh the stories Cole can tell. Whether it’s how to win that prize you’ve always wanted, or how to motivate a staff full of teenagers, Cole’s stories of management from the midway provide a unique look into the world of amusement parks.
Cole thrives in an environment where individuals enjoy the success of their labors. To achieve those goals, it all begins with a little out-of-the-box, unconventional, only Cole could do that, motivation.
YOU have to be there. YOU have to make yourself known. YOU have to make a difference. In order to be an active leader, YOU have to be more than just a boss. Cole is more than just a boss, he’s a true leader.