If Moose took the Kolbe A Index

I have a five month old puppy.  His name is Moose and he is a Shorkie, which is a fancy way of saying a combination Shihtzu/Yorkie.  This has been the summer of Moose.

He has mostly learned potty training regimen and has even created a convenient warning signal in the event there is going to be some action.  He starts hysterically digging on his pee pee pad. We are continuing to learn more and more about each other.  So anyway, since I have spent so much time with Moose, I started wondering what his Kolbe profile would be like.

Yes, I know he can’t answer the 36 questions in 20 minutes, but I think I may be able to get some insights about him just by being with him 24×7.

  • Moderate Fact Finder (4-6)– Moose is constantly gathering information — yes, its sensory information, but he is still gathering information when he is scratching, digging, staring, running, jumping, pouncing, retrieving etc.  There is so much for him to learn:  what is a duck/bird/squirrel/etc., most dogs are nice or at least tolerant of a little puppy joy, cats are mysterious and scary, car rides can give you an upset tummy, water is great to drink but not so much fun to bathe in.  He has yet to figure out why duckie, cow and fuzzy bone squeak, but I am sure he will get that soon.
  • Resistent Follow Thru (1-3) — Moose is not a good organizer.  He leaves his toys strewn about the house and never knows where they are.  He is still figuring out the breakfast/dinner routine, but he’s always game for a spur-of-the-moment cookie.  He is trainable as long as there is food available.   He can rollover, sit, stay and rollover again.  We are working on expanding his list of tricks, but it will take some more structured training time.
  • Insistent Quickstart (7-10):  As a puppy, he is all about taking action, lots of action, the faster the better.  Moose embraces risk.  He has jumped off the back of the couch several times, run into numerous walls and pounced on many 80 lb. dogs.  So far its working or him.  Take action first, think second, if at all.  Keep trying until you get what you want or need to take a nap.
  • Insistent Implementor (7-10):  The love of tactile objects may be Moose’s strongest instinct.  Any kind of chewie works for him.  The fluffy ones such as duckie, cow and fluffy bone are perfect to carry proudly in your mouth and to show off to to the world.  This also goes for any random– stick piece of paper or cigarette-butt found on the sidewalk.  Its all about what is in the mouth and the strut.

Yes, I am a “Kolbe-aholic”.  It has changed my life and my coaching practice.  Truly understanding your Kolbe numbers can open doors and provide you with a better understanding of why you do (or don’t do) certain things.  The second part of my practice helps people come to terms with how they feel about these natural proclivities.

What are your numbers?

Natural Advantage


I have been asked to talk a little bit about Kolbe’s 17 “Natural Advantage” descriptors.

Natural Advantages were developed by  Kathy Kolbe as a way to help describe the combination of strengths identified in your Kolbe A index results.

As you may  have heard me say, you are so much more than your highest number.  Each individual Kolbe score describes your prefered mode of striving. The two highest numbers of a Kolbe A index (as long as they are 7 or over) are used to determine your Natural Advantage.   If there is only one score over 7, that single number is used.

As Kathy Kolbe states in her book, The Conative Connection, “These descriptions, though useful, are stereotypes, because nobody is all of one thing.  There is truly no such thing as “can’t” — but there are combinations of talent that make people better suited to one career than another…..The particular combination of strengths in your Kolbe A Index is your personal leverage for getting things done….Natural Advantages aren’t meant to be job titles, rather frames of mind or methods of operation” on how you would approach a particular job with no other constraints, but your instincts.

The 17 Natural Advantages are…

Fact Finder                                Researcher
Fact Finder/Follow Thru      Strategic Planner
Fact Finder/Quick Start        Manager
Fact Finder/Implementor     Technologist

Follow Thru                              Designer
Follow Thru/Fact Finder      Systems Analyst
Follow Thru/Quick Start       Program Developer
Follow Thru/Implementor    Manufacturer

Quick Start                                 Innovator
Quick Start/Fact Finder         Entrepreneur
Quick Start/Follow Thru       Theorist
Quick Start/Implementor      Pioneer

          Implementor                             Demonstrator
Implementor/Fact Finder     Investigator
Implementor/Follow Thru   Quality Controller
Implementor/Quick Start      Adventurer

Facilitator                                   Mediator

I will be addressing these Natural Advantages in upcoming calls.



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 www.kolbe.com.  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!





The 12 Approaches to Problem Solving

The results of a Kolbe A Index  provide an invaluable perspective on who you are and how you conduct inspired action.  The Kolbe A Index measures how you behave when you are firing on all cylinders.

A high numbers isn’t necessarily better than a low number.  Understanding this difference is a huge factor in understanding your Kolbe score.

Take the Kolbe A Index at www.kolbe.com and call me for a consultation.  There is so much to learn.


Are you an Impostor?

I will admit it.

I spent years trying really hard to be something I wasn’t.

I created spreadsheets, analyzed numbers, discussed minutia — doing what I thought I needed to do to be taken seriously in the business world.

I was miserable.

I was an Impostor.

Then I figured it out.

I took the Kolbe ATM Index and learned my numbers.

I am a Quick Start who pretended to be a Fact Finder.

I am a Quick Start!

I like new and fresh.

I love to brainstorm.

I like to challenge the status quo.

I wait until the last minute.

I am high energy.

I trust my gut.

I am a Quick Start.

I was an Impostor.

Now I am not.

I am a Quick Start.


Come join me.  Sign up for my mailing list and join other Quick Starts who are trying to figure out where they fit in the world!