Kolbe System...enhanced individual and company performance.
About the Kolbe System
Developed by Kathy Kolbe over 25 years ago, the Kolbe System is a statistically proven methodology used to leverage people’s instincts for enhanced individual and company performance. The Kolbe method is based on the knowledge that creative instincts are the source of the mental energy that drives people to take specific actions. Kolbe Consultants work with companies worldwide to positively impact ROI through better alignment of their people’s innate talents.
Defines the Influence of Instinctive Power
Creative instincts are separate and distinct from passive thoughts and feelings. They manifest in an innate pattern (modus operandi or MO) that determines each person’s best efforts. Although subconscious, a person’s MO is quantifiable and observable, and governs an individual’s actions, reactions and interactions. It determines a person’s use of time, as well as his or her natural form of communication. Exercising control over this mental resource gives people the freedom to be their authentic selves. MOs vary across the general population with no bias by gender, age or race.
Predicts Individual and Team Performance
Unlike other psychological tools that focus on personality or cognition, the Kolbe system measures conation, instinctual behaviors which remain the same throughout a person’s lifetime, so Kolbe has greater validity over time. Individual performance can be predicted with great accuracy by comparing instinctive realities, self-expectations, and requirements. It will fluctuate based on the appropriateness of expectations and requirements. However, in more than 6,000 interpretations by trained consultants, more than 90% of respondents confirmed that the Kolbe A™ index accurately identified how they act.
When groups of people with the right mix of MOs function interactively, the combined mental energy produces synergy. Such a team can perform at a higher level than is possible for the same group of people functioning independently. Team performance is accurately predicted by a set of algorithms that determine the appropriate balance and makeup of MOs.
Optimizes Individual and Team Performance
Leaders can optimize individual and group performance by:
• Giving people the freedom to be themselves
• Assigning jobs suited to instinctive strengths
• Building synergistic teams
• Reducing obstacles that cause debilitating stress
• Rewarding committed use of instinctive energy
• Allowing for the appropriate use of time
• Communicating in ways that trigger the effective use of the natural, universal, and unbiased energy of creative instincts
Examples of how Kolbe has been used in other companies:
Stanford University used Kolbe to put together teams for the Stanford MBA program, and Kathy Kolbe has lectured at Stanford’s Executive Program.
American Express increased its management team effectiveness through use of the Kolbe system.
U.S. Army psychologists went through Kolbe certification and used it with high-level groups like the Delta Force Team, and tactical helicopter squadrons from Fort Campbell, KY. CIA Special Services also used the Kolbe system, although Kolbe cannot release specific information about work they conducted.
Xerox used Kolbe with their management team to facilitate a higher level of productivity by helping team members recognize and capitalize on their innate strengths.
What others say about Kolbe:
“Kathy Kolbe has created a book that is a god-send to managers trying to pull together the human resources needed to get their jobs done. This is one of the most useful and best books of the year.”
-Jerry Porras, PhD., Professor, Stanford University, Graduate School of Business Management, and co-author of Built to Last, speaking about Pure Instinct, Kathy Kolbe’s introductory book
“Kathy Kolbe has produced a fascinating and insightful work that adds a rich dimension of understanding to the critical task of job performance and individual success. It should be invaluable in helping to direct one's own efforts as well as directing the efforts of others."
-Steven C. Wheelwright, PhD., Professor, Harvard University, Graduate School of Business Administration
“Using Kolbe has made the difference between a mediocre management team and one that works together and wins all the time.”
Richard Weden, Executive, American Express
“Nothing has ever so clearly pinpointed organizational problems or been so prescriptive in helping to solve them.”
-JoAnn Jones, Director of Quality Improvement Process, Honeywell, Inc.
Presentation content reproduced with permission from Kolbe Corp. Copyright 2002 Kathy Kolbe and Kolbe Corp.