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  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 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!