What is the Kolbe Concept?
The Kolbe Concept holds that creative instincts are the source of mental energy that drives people to take specific actions. This mental drive is separate and distinct from passive feeling and thoughts. Creative instincts are manifested in an innate pattern that determines an individual's unique method of operation, or modus operandi (MO).
A person's MO is quantifiable and observable yet functions at the subconscious level. It governs actions, reactions and interactions. It also determines the person's use of time and natural form of communication. Understanding and exercising control over this mental resource gives people the freedom to be their authentic selves.
When people act according to instinct, their energy is almost inexhaustible – like water running downhill. But when people are forced to act against their instinct, their energy is rapidly depleted – like water being pumped uphill.
Individual performance can be predicted with great accuracy by comparing a person's MO with self-expectations and the requirements of specific tasks. Performance fluctuates based on how closely these elements align.
How Does Kolbe Work?
While the instincts one uses in creative problem solving are not measurable, the observable acts derived from them can be identified and quantified by the Kolbe A™ Index. The Index is a 36-item questionnaire that assesses the way a person takes action. It’s designed to help you focus on your strengths. Unlike personality tests that suggest what’s wrong with you and tell you how to change it, Kolbe focuses on what’s right with you and tells you how to build on it. Kolbe doesn’t just help you achieve your goals, it helps you control your destiny.
These instinct-driven behaviors are represented in the four Kolbe Action Modes®:
- Fact Finder - the instinctive way we gather and share information.
- Greater joy in what you do
- Follow Thru - the instinctive way we arrange and design.
- Quick Start - the instinctive way we deal with risk and uncertainty.
The Kolbe Index result is a graphical representation of an individual's instinctive MO. The numbers in each Action Mode represent different points on a continuum, rather than relative values. Each point on the continuum indicates a positive trait. There is no such thing as a negative or "bad" Kolbe Index result.
People who’ve taken the Kolbe Indexes have become more confident, more energetic, and more powerful – just from understanding their natural talents. Kathy Kolbe has identified the following benefits to using the Kolbe Index to find your strengths:
- Increased awareness of natural abilities
- Greater joy in what you do
- Improved performance with less effort
- Increased resistance to stress
- Enhanced creativity
- More effective problem solving in less time
- Improved ability to communicate
Kolbe will allow you to “Change your life, not yourself.” With the freedom to be yourself, you can make great strides in your career, family life, personal relationships and your financial success.
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