Cole Lindbergh

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.

Following the piece, Cole began to receive praise on various websites/blogs, was named Kansas City’s Best Boss by local Kansas City publication “Pitch Weekly” and began giving speaking engagements with companies like The Internet Archive in San Francisco, California, and REI in Seattle, Washington.

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

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Cole's Specialties

Public Speaking

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.

Employee Motivation

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.

Active Leadership

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.

Here's What People Are Saying About Cole

I run a Global non-profit division with staff in 7 countries. I was looking for someone whose experience in motivating people was non-traditional and non-conventional. I had heard Cole interviewed on This American Life and felt his mix of humor, enthusiasm and creativity would shake up my staff and give them a fresh perspective. Cole joined my Global annual meeting and in an animated fashion shared with us experiences and stories of successes and failure of managing a large, diverse hourly staff. I was pleased with what we took away from his talk.
Robert Miller- Global Director, Internet Archive
I recently booked Cole to present to our corporate employees at Sprint. Based on his NPR interview, I felt he would bring a different perspective to our team, which is exactly what he brought. Cole’s presentation style is fun and highly energized. In our corporate environment, Cole was a breath of fresh air. He presented to about 450 Sprint employees speaking about how to make your work life fun. He was truly engaging. The goal of inviting speakers like Cole into Sprint is to have the presentations add value and provide actionable advice or information for the attendees. Cole delivered. I can’t wait to have him back!
Cari Ferrara- Marketing Manager, Consumer Marketing, Sprint