Kolbe terminology and our unique use of language
A mid-range positioning of 4-6 units in any of the Action Modes® describing the ability to bridge differences between those on the outermost limits who initiate solutions or prevent problems in the same Action Mode. See ReAct.
As identified by Kathy Kolbe, four distinct clusters of behavior able to be measured which result from engaging our striving instincts: Fact Finder, Follow Thru, Quick Start and Implementor.
Known for centuries as one of the three parts of the mind. Pertains to or arises from feelings or emotions as measured on personality or social style instruments. An emotion or tendency (noun); to influence (verb).
Initiating Action in one of the Action Modes combined with another insistent (or highly responding) mode. The Initiating Actions will have a duality of expression in those two modes. (Formerly referred to as Natural Advantages™.)
Known for centuries as one of the three parts of the mind. Deals with knowledge, competencies and intellectual processes as measured on IQ or skills tests.
Guarantee that the necessary instinctive power will be allocated to accomplish a goal.
Known for centuries as one of the three parts of the mind. Action derived from instinct; purposeful mode of striving, volition. Can be measured by the Kolbe A Index.
People whose instinctive way of taking action is so similar that they replicate each other’s performance.
The result of a compelling need being denied when one’s natural drive is thwarted, creating unproductive pressure on the individual.
As defined by Kathy Kolbe, conative stress that results from natural differences of four units or more in how people function in any one Action Mode.
Having 1-3 units of mental energy in any of the Action Modes indicating an ability to resist in the mode as needed. One of three equal Zones of Operation.
See Kolbe Creative Process.
The result of using your instinctive energy (noun); to bring about (verb).
Conative actions you take to solve problems.
Actions that use your four natural Kolbe Strengths™ or instinctive abilities.
Actions you take that you know are not your best efforts or working against your MO or instincts. See Wasted Effort.
Levels of Effort
The degree to which we decide to employ our mental energy or engage our instincts as represented on a scale. See Will. Lowest level – Intention; Middle level – Attempt; Highest level – Commitment.
Energy you use to take action that goes against your grain, or is contrary to your best efforts. Working without using your natural talents. See Foolish Effort.
Erg (Mental Erg)
Unit of energy.
A person with all four Action Modes in the mid-range. Also termed Mediator.
The Action Mode that deals with detail and complexity, providing the perspective of experience.
Fear, Fatigue, Frustration.
The Action Mode that deals with structure and order, and provides focus and continuity.
Going Against Your Grain
Making efforts that do not use your instinctive talents.
See Kolbe Strengths.
The Action Mode that deals with physical space and ability to operate manually, and provides durability and a sense of the tangible.
Having 7-10 units of mental energy in any of the Action Modes indicating an ability to insist in the mode as needed. One of 3 equal Zones of Operation.
The instinctive way of approaching a solution to a problem through any Action Mode. A measurement of 7-10 units of conative energy in any Action Mode. Also referred to as insistence.
Loss of productivity caused by the uniformity of action among people in an organization.
Mental energies which are: universal, intrinsic, individual talents, seminal, valid across cultures, needs, innate, natural, authentic, inborn tendencies to strive or initiate action through probing, patterning, innovating, and demonstrating.
See Kolbe A Index.
A person’s instinctive way of dealing with detail, structure, risk and tangible effort.
Kolbe Creative Process™
The mental process that results in the development of something that has not previously existed; also the mental process that naturally takes place when the mind is focused on solving a particular problem.
Unique expression by Kathy Kolbe of her theory of individual performance driven by instinctive behaviors. Consists of psychometric measurements identifying natural talents and providing a pathway to higher productivity and greater satisfaction.
Kolbe Hierarchy of Human Effort
A hierarchical model of the graduated, sequential steps that lead to higher levels of thinking, feeling and taking action in the creative problem-solving process.
A model for assigning the status on the Hierarchy for a category of people who are affiliated, but who do not make decisions interactively.
A model of the specific behaviors an individual exhibits when making decisions at each level of the Hierarchy, in each of the three dimensions of the mind: cognitive, conative, and affective.
A model of the levels of decision making required of leaders as they develop higher standards of performance for themselves and others whose decisions they influence.
A model of the levels of decision making in all three dimensions of the mind available to a group of people who work interdependently.
Kolbe A™ Index
An instrument designed by Kathy Kolbe that quantifies the degree of natural talent an individual possesses in each Action Mode.
Kolbe B™ Index
An instrument designed by Kathy Kolbe that measures self-perceptions of job requirements.
Kolbe C™ Index
An instrument designed by Kathy Kolbe that indicates the conative requirements for success in a job as described by any third party, frequently a supervisor.
Kolbe R™ Index
An instrument designed by Kathy Kolbe to identify how one person wishes the other person would take action in a personal relationship.
Kolbe Y™ Index
Youth version of the Kolbe A Index designed by Kathy Kolbe for a fourth–grade reading level to age 17. This Index is no longer available for puchase.
The twelve ways of taking instinctive action when problem-solving. Each of us takes action in each of the four Action Modes and our uniqueness derives from the combinations.
The theory of individual performance driven by instinctive behaviors originated by Kathy Kolbe. It includes psychometric measurements identifying natural talents and providing a pathway to higher productivity and greater satisfaction.
Creating solutions through intelligence, integrity and trusting your instincts.
Activity that does not involve striving. See Recreation.
Levels of Effort
Internal power sources available to drive one’s Instincts toward goal-directed activity.
Modus Operandi (MO)/Method of Operation
A numerical representation of one’s instinctive way of taking action as measured across the four Action Modes.
Description of the natural way of operating based on the combination of talents derived from a Kolbe A result.
Having tenacity, perseverance, dogged resolution, a ruling passion, being willful, acting with determination.
Paths to Success
See Kolbe Strengths.
The instinctive way of resisting certain activities in an Action Mode as a unique method of problem solving. A measurement of 1-3 units of Mental Energy in an Action Mode. Also known as CounterAction or resistance.
To goad, inspire, push, direct, trigger action, make happen, cause.
The Action Mode that deals with originality, risk-taking and uncertainty.
Having from 4-6 units of mental energy in an Action Mode, indicating an ability to accommodate in the mode as needed.
Free time activity that involves striving. See Leisure.
As defined by Kathy Kolbe, conative stress resulting from a person’s unrealistic self-expectations of how he or she needs to perform.
An impelling need is denied when one’s natural drive is thwarted, creating unproductive pressure on the individual. See Conflict, Strain, and Tension.
Innate power sources that compel us to be productive through probing, patterning, innovating, or demonstrating.
Three equal conative Zones of Operation as measured by the Kolbe A Index.
As defined by Kathy Kolbe, Conative Stress resulting from another person’s requirements for how a person will perform.
Theory of Equality
Every individual is endowed with equal Will and is, therefore, equally capable of creating solutions.
Theory of Variance
The striving instincts are universal and do not vary by culture or opportunities. The distribution of talents for a general population falls within a natural bell curve.
Three Parts of the Mind (3-Dimensional mind)
The mind controls the actions stimulated by the Will and transmitted by the striving instincts. Every Individual has three mental faculties: Cognitive or intellectual, which controls thought; Affective or emotional, which controls feelings; Conative or functional, which controls actions.
Exercises that involve the use of all three parts of the mind to do creative problem-solving.
The loss of ability to express or recognize one’s own conative nature; loss of sense of self. Kolbe results are distinguished on the bar chart by an asterisk under the Action Mode(s) that is out of sync.
The power of control the mind has over whether, or to what degree, to engage the striving instincts. Although an intellectual awareness of the need to employ these instincts or an affective concern for their use may exist, free will makes that determination. See Levels of Effort.
What happens when something is accomplished. It is seemingly effortless.
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