Ken Cooke - Mise En Place
Ken Cooke is a Capability Consultant at a big Australian corporation, where he has worked for over 17 years. Day to day he supports all the training needs for the function he supports, a positioned that he pursued for eight years. Prior to this he traveled the world working as a chef.
Ken has been a mentor and friend the past ten years, which makes this a great episode with two friends deconstructing key moments through conversation.
Pivotal Moment 1: Training as Chef
· Why a Chef?
· The learning processes to be effective in a kitchen.
· The link to the travel bug.
Pivotal Moment 2: The five year plan of travel.
· Escaping from Nambour.
· Grandma’s influence.
· The first opportunity to travel and work overseas.
· Priorities, travel over career and a supportive boss.
Pivotal Moment 3: Becoming a career Chef
· A promotion after four weeks.
· The opportunity to take a career more seriously.
· The decision to move home and pursue the career.
· The grind of being in hospitality.
Pivotal Moment 4: The travel bug resurfaces.
· The decision to leave the industry.
· Looking to combine travel and career.
· Bootstrapping a career as a travel agent.
· The impact of 250 rejections.
· The learning’s of failure.
Pivotal Moment 5: Taking a job as a means to an end
· Taking a job for the money, and enjoying the lack of accountability.
· The behaviors from hospitability and youth shining through.
· Making a career out of the job.
Pivotal Moment 6: Learning and Development as a career
· The impact of a mentor to take on a new career.
· The appeal of a ‘white collar’ pathway.
· The value of transferable skills.
· Session one, disaster recovery and coming back for more.
Pivotal Moment 7: Building Capability
· Practice, practice practice.
· The mentor that helped lay out the pathway.
· Treating everyone experience as if it was the first.
· Best practice training cementing the learned skills.
Pivotal Moment 8: Becoming an appointed Learning and Development professional
· The false start from an expression of interest.
· A new mentor with a new influence.
· The opportunity to travel, train and see Australia.
· Going pro with full accountability.
Pivotal Moment 9: What’s kept Ken for another ten years?
· The motivation of helping people learn.
· Keeping the training technic growing and expanding.
· Leadership training and opportunity.
· The appeal of constant change.
· The direct impact on the workplace.
· Returning back to learning and development, and the downside of baby-sitting.
Ken’s Advice: I don’t know what I want to be, but I know it’s not this?
· You can renovate your house, or you can move.
· Choose one, and pursue it relentlessly.
· Leave no door unopened or room unsearched.
Ken’s 10 min Activity: Find your mindset
· When you’re faced with a problem.
· Step back, and review what happened to you.
o What went well?
o What didn’t go well?
o What can I change?
· Review these the evening of, and the next day.