Action Modes (Kolbe)

The Kolbe A™ Index – The first step in organizational development is to determine the resident talents within your organization. The Kolbe A™ Index measures an individual’s instinctive or natural strengths. The Kolbe A™ Index results give employees a language with which to describe these strengths and a method to communicate with others more effectively. The Kolbe A Index measures what you WILL or Want do by providing understanding to behavior in the four classes of action – Fact Finder, Follow Thru, Quick Start, and Implementor. This is a quick 36-question that can help understand natural instincts and maximize potential.

What is The Kolbe A™ Index? – IQ tests tell you what you can do. Personality tests tell you what you want to do… the Kolbe A™ Index measures what you WILL or WON’T do. This quick and easy 36-question instrument gives you greater understanding of your own natural instincts and allows you to begin the process of maximizing your potential.

Kathy Kolbe identified four universal instincts that shape the way we tackle life’s problems. Although these instincts cannot be directly measured, they can be inferred by examining our behaviors.

The Kolbe A™ Index characterizes and helps us understand our behaviors that pertain to the four classes of action that correspond to our fundamental instincts:

  • Fact Finder – how we gather and share information, i.e., simplify, explain or specify
  • Follow Thru – how we arrange and design, i.e., adapt, maintain or systematize
  • Quick Start – how we deal with risk and uncertainty, i.e., stabilize, modify or improvise
  • Implementor – how we handle space and tangible things, i.e., imagine, restore, or build

All the terms used here have specific well-defined and clearly explained meanings within Kathy Kolbe’s system.

How can The Kolbe A™ Index help you?
Kolbe makes finding the right person for the job easier and far less expensive than traditional selection methods. We provide “the missing link” in the hiring process: the rating of candidates based on their natural instincts.

  • Pinpoint sources of conflict
  • Break through group inertia and organizational paralysis
  • Accommodate differing approaches to problem solving
  • Align team member expectations with supervisor requirements
  • Inventory the collection of instinctive strengths on the team
  • Accomplish more with fewer people
  • Improve individual and group productivity
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