Build a World-Class Team with the Kolbe A Index


Build a World-Class Team with the Kolbe A Index

Imagine constantly being in “the zone” at work. It’s easy, almost natural, to maintain focus for long periods. You’re energized by your work, and time slips by without your awareness of it. Everything seems to have a flow to it. Your productivity is high, and there’s very little sense of fighting the work or trudging through painful tasks.

That’s the goal of a profiling tool used by companies that run on EOS®. These companies are using the assessment and discovering a tremendous difference in their employees’ performance.

The Kolbe A™ Index is different from other personality assessments, because it measures on-the-job behaviors—not communication styles, social preferences or ways of perceiving. It’s designed to boost productivity and effectiveness, rather than increase understanding of personalities.

What Is Kolbe?

The Kolbe A Index is a diagnostic tool to discover your instincts for taking action—your modus operandi, or method of operating. It reveals your unique strengths for understanding natural abilities and acting creatively to solve problems.

The idea behind Kolbe is that people have an innate, “gut instinct” in the way they make decisions. Capitalizing on your instinctual behaviors helps them make better decisions. When you have the freedom to lean into your natural problem-solving approach, you’re able to become the most productive, stress-free version of yourself. The Kolbe A Index is designed to measure your conative strengths—your natural way of doing things. It reveals your unique strengths for acting creatively to solve problems. The result is called your modus operandi, or method of operation. Or MO, for short.

Instincts fall into four MOs:

  • Fact Finders—instinct to probe. Fact finders excel at evaluating and deliberating.
  • Follow-throughs—instinct to pattern information. They excel at coordinating, planning and scheduling.
  • Quick Starts—instinct to innovate. Quick starts excel when originating, improvising and experimenting.
  • Implementors—instinct to handle space and tangibles. They excel when they can tackle tangible solutions, or build models or devices.

Once you understand your instinct for taking action, you can know how to target your energy to achieve your goals. Understanding your MO—and having the freedom to act on it—improves your communication and leadership skills. You can solve problems more effectively and efficiently, and your performance is maximized.

Greater Success with Kolbe

But does the Kolbe A Index work? Good question! Compared to other assessments like the Meyers-Briggs Temperament Indicator®, the Kolbe Index is backed up by extensive research that supports its effectiveness in the workplace, with a remarkable ability to predict behavior 82 percent of the time.

The Kolbe A Index is one the official tools in the Entrepreneurial Operating System Toolbox, because it is such a powerful way to identify your Unique Ability™ and increase your effectiveness. It’s also helpful to identify the right people for the right seat. Many companies that run on EOS use Kolbe in their hiring process. There’s even a resource in the EOS Toolbox to help you get the most out of the Kolbe A Index.

How Traction Tools Uses Kolbe A Index

Traction Tools uses Kolbe A Index during the hiring process. We want to know what their work style is, how they process information and how they will work with the other members of the team. Kolbe gives us a clear understanding of a new hire’s Mode of Operation:

  • Do they need to be tactile with tools?
  • Will they need time to get a lay of the land?
  • Do they have a high follow-through propensity?
  • Are they fast out of the gate?

One thing to be aware of when you’re using Kolbe during hiring: we naturally tend to prefer people like ourselves, so it’s tempting to hire people that share our MO. Strong teams have a variety of strengths—Quick Starts as well as Fact Finders, Implementors and Follow-throughs. Using the Kolbe A Index during the hiring process can help you build a multidimensional team with a variety of strengths.

Gain Traction™ With Kolbe and Traction Tools

Traction Tools is committed to helping your company do more, better. The Kolbe A Index can play an important role in that—especially when it’s combined with the Entrepreneurial Operating System®. We’re all about helping first and finding a way to win, which means we’re constantly looking for better ways to equip our customers for greater business growth.

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Kathy Mayfield

About the Author

Kathy is the Integrator at Traction® Tools and, quite frankly, one of the main reasons our company took flight. After joining forces with Certified EOS Implementer™ Todd Smart as his executive assistant in 2013, she helped catapult Smart Partners, Inc. into a thriving entrepreneurial company. By that time, Kathy’s love affair with EOS® was a done deal. A few years later when the saucy little startup Traction Tools appeared on the EOS scene, Kathy switched gears and focused her attention on making Traction Tools an operational success. Her work at Traction Tools has been described by our Visionary as “akin to transforming an airplane into a rocket ship—mid-flight.” She harnessed and directed our energy toward rapid growth. She’s done the same as the director of learning and a member of the Leadership Team of the Female Integrator Mastermind (FIM).