I had the opportunity to work with Ken on several projects and I could always count on his thoroughness and professionalism as a trainer or project manager. He brought about change, in a culture that resisted at every turn, by being prepared and by openly sharing his work, garnering support and participation from even the most stubborn and skeptical team members.
Designed Performance, LLC is a coaching consulting practice helping leaders make change happen as they pursue the future. We focus on specialty food enterprises emphasizing the people-side of manufacturing and supply chain. We partner with leaders and their teams to develop and implement their people plan to achieve their vision. The work brings success to start-ups, expanding operations, implementing technology and building client capabilities.
Mr. Kaufmann brings 20+ years experience designing, delivering, implementing, and evaluating people initiatives across the enterprise. Ken’s areas of expertise include coaching, leadership development, job/process/organization design, new facility start-up, and change management. He translates the people needs of initiatives for supply chain, manufacturing, IT and engineering with a frontline perspective to help leaders achieve their goals.
Ken spent 10+ years working with Starbucks Coffee Company gaining hands-on experience opening facilities, designing work groups and leading cross-functional teams with stints in human resources, supply chain, retail and IT. He earned his Master’s degree in Adult Education and Training from Seattle University and coaching credentials through the Hudson Institute. He is a skilled facilitator with hands-on experience facilitating groups, leading cross-functional initiatives and engaging leaders.
In addition to his time with Starbucks, Ken worked in learning and development roles in health care, consulting on learning technology, international development, environmental health and safety. He also spent a year working with the East Africa Coffee Initiative on agronomy and quality initiatives to improve the livelihood of smallholder coffee farmers.