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An Alternative to Predictive Index, DiSC, Working Genius, and Other Personality Tests in 2023

February 06, 2023

  • Kolbe A™ Index

The right assessment can make all the difference in personal productivity, talent optimization and team performance. Of course, the key is that you choose the RIGHT assessment for your needs. While you decide between the wide variety of personality tests on the market, make sure not to overlook a unique option that addresses employee engagement and productivity through another lens: the Kolbe A™ Index.   

What makes Kolbe an effective alternative to take your team to the next level? Simply put, it measures different things than CliftonStrengths, Predictive Index, and other personality tests. 

Kolbe focuses on your instinctive strengths and how you naturally execute. So when it comes to work, you’ll be able to understand how you operate rather than why. That’s a big difference and a much more effective predictor of long-term success in a role.  


The most important thing to understand when choosing the right fit for your needs is that assessments evaluate one of three areas of your mind: cognitive, affective, or conative.   

  • Cognitive assessments (Thinking) like the SAT or Wonderlic Cognitive Ability Test evaluate your ability to reason and what you’ve learned; i.e. your knowledge and skills – identifying what you know. 
  • Affective assessments or Personality Tests (Feeling) like Working Genius, MyersBriggs Type Indicator ® (MBTI), DISC®, CliftonStrengths  or Working Genius evaluate your personality, your preferences – identifying how you feel, what you desire and what interests you. 
  • Conative assessments (Doing) identify your natural method of operation – how you take action when given the freedom to be yourself. Kolbe Indexes continue to be the only way to assess the conative part of your mind.  


The Kolbe A Index is a 36-question assessment that measures your instinctive way of doing things, and the result is called your MO (method of operation). It is the only validated assessment that measures a person’s conative strengths. It measures a person’s instinctive contributions and needs in four categories (or Action Modes®):  

  • Fact Finder: how you gather and share information  
  • Follow Thru: how you organize and design systems  
  • Quick Start: how you deal with risk and uncertainty  
  • Implementor: how you handle space and tangibles 

Is the Kolbe A Index Reliable?

One of the many things that differentiate the Kolbe A Index from other assessments is its validity and reliability. Research has been done with studies spanning decades, and the results show that it is more than 90% reliable over a span of 20+ years. The results are stable, and the behaviors Kolbe measures are predictable. Remember, cognitive and affective traits change over time, so cognitive and affective assessments will also yield different results most of the time when taken a few years apart. 

How can you use Kolbe Indexes?

You can use Kolbe’s suite of reports and assessments are in many aspects of life and business, such as: 

  • Enhanced Personal Development and Productivity  
  • Building High-Performing Teams  
  • Hiring More Effectively  
  • Identifying Job Stress  
  • Cultivating Better Relationships  
  • Improved Parenting  
  • Increasing Engagement and Role Alignment


Kolbe is often used as a stand-alone suite of assessments, as adults often have a clear sense of their intelligence, skills, experience and personality already. Although conative strengths have been with them their entire life, the Kolbe A result is often the first time people have been given a way to describe these striving instincts and compare their strengths to others.

So, if you’re looking for a single assessment type, Kolbe is the most reliable and has more applications and prescriptive advice. That said, Kolbe can also be used with personality assessments like CliftonStrengths or Predictive Index. We endorse the use of additional assessments because it is important to understand yourself and others in all three parts of the mind.  

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