Kicking the Tires…

Bright Shiny New Car Kolbe Style


Okay, I know many of you know I am a Kolbe Consultant, but I don’t think that you know what the heck that means.

Kolbe is a seemingly simple online test that helps to identify your strengths from both a personal and a professional standpoint.  You can take the Kolbe A test at  A Kolbe Consultant can help you figure out what all those numbers mean to you and those around you.  Anyway…

There are four modes — Fact Finder, Follow Through, Quick Start and Implementor.

So what, you ask.

This is the “so what”.  Understanding how you approach a new task vs. the guy in the next cubicle or your partner, or your kid, gives you an enormous advantage in figuring out how they live their lives vs. how you live your life.  Knowledge is power.  It’s also a lot less stress and a lot more appreciation of who does what and why and why you shouldn’t let it get to you so easily.

Knowing the difference, makes a difference.

So here’s a story that might help you get some perspective.

You want to buy a car -a  brand new shiny whatsis that makes your heart sing.  Based on the insights learned by taking the Kolbe A test, you will learn that you are strongest in one or two of the Kolbe categories.

  • If you are a  Fact Finder (like my beloved expert husband) you go on line and research the best car out there in terms of price, features, doodads, availability, industry ratings.  No action is taken until all of the information is understood clearly and in a concise manner.
  • An individual whose results indicate they are a Follow Through focuses on the process.  There will be several steps that they will need to take to evaluate each car.
  • The Quick Start wants to drive the car, test it out, see how it feels in a variety of terrains.  Instant gratification and shiny objects are icing on the cake.  Color is also an important consideration.
  • Finally, the Implementor  kicks the tires, slams the doors, and evaluates the beauty of the engine from a quality and value perspective.

So big surprise, there is no right way to buy a car.  By taking the perspective/approach from each profile, you can find yourself a beautiful new car that pushes someone’s buttons!


Thanks to Penny Paucha for inspiring this rant!