KOLBE™ Assessment

The KOLBE™ assessment program won’t tell you how well you will do, it will tell you how you will do well.

The human brain has many functions. Billions in fact. Fortunately, our conscience selves only govern a few. Here are three of them. We are cognitive (thinking), affective (feeling) and conative (doing) beings.

I’ll wager that most people know nothing about their conative self. When I first learned about the conative function, I thought I was hearing some “new age” descriptor invented by some pop psychologist. I couldn’t have been more wrong. The awareness of conation goes back thousands of years. It turns out that both Socrates and Aristotle knew about the conative aspect of ourselves.

So, what is it? Conation is how you would, if left on your own, take action to achieve a desired outcome. The problem is you’re not often left on your own. Too frequently someone is telling you what to do and how to do it. Unless that lines up with your conative self, you start to stress. But you’ll be less stressed if you understand why. Then you’re better equipped to change things up.

In 2004 I learned about the KOLBE™ assessments. I and my other partners took the KOLBE™ assessment and our business went vertical in terms of productivity and job satisfaction.

Over 40 years ago the creators of KOLBE™ Corp., devised an assessment that can determine what your conative instincts are and determine how you most naturally initiate action-oriented behaviors. It’s your individual mode of operation or what detectives call your MO. Unlike your cognitive and affective selves, your conative self does not change over time. Like your blood type, it’s hardwired into your being. There’s nothing wrong and nothing to correct with your conative self. In fact, trying to change your MO would be counterproductive.

The foundation of the KOLBE™ assessments is the “A” Index. The A index is a group of 36 multiple choice questions that will take no longer than 20 minutes to complete. From that, your MO is determined. There are no high or low values. It is an accurate measure how you prioritize action modes and get started.

That’s the individual side of the KOLBE™ assessments. Now the group side.

Those visionary minds at the KOLBE™ Corp. didn’t rest on their laurels with the success of the A Index. Instead, they created the B and C Indexes. The B and C indexes were created to assist business and organizations to assess the distribution of talents to achieve the most successful completion of the tasks at hand for businesses and organizations both large and small. KOLBE™ A, B and C indexes will define the collective instinctive action modes of the group and best align talents with tasks.

Both the B and C Indexes are like the A Index but are only 24 questions in the same format as the A Index. When the A, B and C Indexes have been completed, it becomes much clearer if there are adjustments that would enhance the overall performance of the existing distribution of talents.

There are two types of assessments, ipsative and normative. Ipsative assessments are about you, you are the control group. There are no outside comparisons. Normative assessments will compare you against a larger control group and will indicate how you performed in that group. Both have value. It all depends on what you want to know. 

The KOLBE™ assessment will tell you how you will do well. A normative assessment will tell you how well you did versus the pack.


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