The Kolbe A™ Index is a quick, easy assessment with no wrong answers. After you answer the 36 questions, you get a personalized result with tips and tricks for how to use your natural strengths.
Business owners and HR Professionals review the Kolbe Index and share the results and experience with clients and employees.
Certified Financial Planner
"Kolbe helps you get the right person in the right seat and keeps you from hiring clones of yourself, You can target the type of strengths you’re looking for.
After taking the Kolbe test, I found that I was a “quick start” type who initiates action and charges ahead without formulating a methodical, systematic plan. Because everyone in my office knows everyone else’s Kolbe result, they gain awareness of how to work together more effectively.
My firm has low turnover in part to team members’ ability to contribute their individual strengths to create a stronger collective whole."
Certified Financial Planner
"The Kolbe assessment helps in identifying different types of people, You can understand how they are built and how they deal with risk and uncertainty. Kolbe tool helps me build trust with my clients who are entrepreneurs.
The Kolbe assessment reinforces each client’s uniqueness. It explains a lot about how they operate and how they are not all the same, You learn that not all entrepreneurs are controlling, for instance."
President, St. Louis Park-based Affiance Coaching
"We start by giving everyone a Kolbe Index because my objective is to make sure employees have a chance to work within their instinctive drive.
Kolbe doesn’t measure preferences, it doesn’t measure motivations or values. It’s not an IQ test, either. It won’t tell me about somebody’s intelligence, it won’t tell me anything about their experiences, their education or any particular skills they have. It’s just about this instinctual component.
I like to start out giving individual Kolbe assessments. Then, depending on the size of company or team, I’ll sit down one on one and go over results, which often validates what people already know about themselves. Then when we get to the group session, I can say, ‘You know a lot about yourself, let’s learn about others in the room.’ That’s when you hear — ‘Oh, that’s why I get so frustrated when so-and-so does this.’ It really lends itself to a generosity of spirit. Instead of constantly getting frustrated with XY because he’s always doing something at the last minute, now I know that’s how he works."
former private detective turned internet marketer
"The Kolbe Index is a instinct assessment and it helps you to discover your strengths and weaknesses when it comes to work, motivation and problem solving.
The results were just about what I expected. Nothing really new for me jumped out, but I reckon that is because I’m pretty aware of my strengths and weaknesses through much self evaluation over the years. However, it was reassuring to read the results and find out where I should be devoting most of my time and energy.
One thing I enjoyed about the test was that it doesn’t try to correct you or penalize you for your lack of interest in certain areas of achievement. It simply recognizes where your strengths are and encourages you to excel in those areas of your life while understanding your weaknesses as well. It makes little sense to try and work on your weaknesses all the time when instead you could be playing to your strengths.
Where I see the Kolbe A Index Assessment being incredibly important is with hiring new employees. Sticking a new employee in the wrong spot can be a disaster and a big time money loss if don’t position them wisely."
"The day I got my Kolbe results will always stand out in my mind as one of the most powerful days of my life, because that profile suddenly explained where all the troubles in my life and my business came from. I believe Kolbe does the quickest job of getting you into the right place to start that inquiry—and takes away a lot of the complexity. That’s why we love it. We don’t hire anyone unless their Kolbe profile corresponds to the role we’re hiring them for. This avoids a tremendous amount of stress and missed expectations, and gives us the advantage of having a lot of gut-instinct wisdom at work within our organization."
CPA HR Director, Career Coach Jones & Roth CPAs, Eugene, OR
“Kolbe index tests has helped me identify how to get a new employee up and
running quickly by understanding how they work. It also opens the door to conversations about learning style, communication, etc. It helps us develop teams.”
“We liked that the results don’t change over time – they are inherent traits. We liked that it would help us evaluate the strengths and best use of our team and give us a common language to work with.
“It is a great resource and is very useful. We actually have the results posted outside each person’s door to remind us of how they like to work.”
Boomer Consulting Inc
Understanding and leveraging the Kolbe Index will improve how your firm hires, develops talent and builds teams.
Customized, perspective guidance to help managers get the most out of individual team members with specific Kolbe Index results.
When you leverage the Kolbe Index, you will:
- Identify your team members’ natural strengths and most effective ways of solving problems and communicating.
- Gain the ability to leverage those natural strengths when working on projects and with clients.
- Build better teams by having balanced synergy and higher understanding.
- Gain confidence that you're selecting the right talent in future hires.
STEM Learning and Research Center
Kolbe Indexes measure how you naturally DO things. These tests are different from other self assessments because they don’t measure how smart you are (thinking) or what your personality is like (feeling).
CAAR Canadian agri-retail
Having the right team in place directly contributes to the success of an agri-retail business, but it can be challenging to know whether a new hire or current employee is a good fit for a certain task or work group. Rather than focusing on personality or learned skills, the Kolbe assessment is designed to measure people’s actions in particular situations. A system used to determine instinctual abilities is giving managers and owners new insight into employee effectiveness.
Digital Marketer, Connex Digital Marketing
Kolbe is not an excuse for laziness, just more of a helpful tool in predicting and explaining inter-personal relational difficulties or successes.
Oh and yes Kolbe scores change over time, I used to be a 7-6-5-3 and now I’m a 5-4-9-2 which means I’ve moved into a more experimental phase in my life, wanting to operate out of trying new things more than finding all of the information (high fact finder). I’ve also lowered my system building tendency and my tendency to work with my hands in the physical space.
Ronald S. Rosbruch
Partner Emeritus of Strategies for Wealth
One day, we were talking about hiring, how to find the right person, of course, but someone who would fit in with the team and stay for the long haul, which can be a problem in a strong job market. My coach recommended that I use a personal assessment tool called the Kolbe Index, an alternative to personality tests, intelligence tests and other tests given in the workplace. It’s very unusual, based on instinct. Kolbe Indexes help my employees define and work with their personal strengths. So we arranged to use the test for new hires then gave the test to four qualified candidates for the position of executive administrator. Without the test, maybe we wouldn’t have been savvy enough to have chosen the right candidate for the position. What I especially liked about it was that the results validated who I said I was and how I regard myself.
President/CEO Healthcare Management Consultants, Speaker, Leadership Coach, Kolbe Certified Consultant
When we discovered the Kolbe A™ Index we entered a new realm of understanding each other. We discovered how each of us uniquely solves problems. This new understanding allowed us to become much more passionate in our meetings. It is critical that you understand how your teammates are wired to solve problems. This gives you a necessary insight and respect for how they are approaching a problem.
President and co-founder of Transformation Through Leadership
“I first became Kolbe CertifiedTM in 1995 when I was working for Xerox as the Manager of Management and Quality Consulting” John says. At that time, he was working closely with Kathy Kolbe, and he “was responsible for designing and implementing management and quality workshops and providing consulting services to 39,000 employees. During my career with Xerox and in the years since I started our consulting business, I have probably introduced over 5000 people to conation and the Kolbe Theory.
“I’ve used Kolbe Theory to introduce senior executives to the emotional, intellectual, and conative areas of the mind and to explain how those areas work together to help determine how well an individual will perform in a specific job or as a member of a specific team.”
"Kolbe Indexes can turn out to be really helpful in many spheres of life.
Entrepreneurs can improve their businesses as Kolbe’s unique collection of employee assessments and WAREwithal® software are powerful diagnostic tools that help decision makers in businesses of any size. i.e.: hire and keep the right people, maximize employee potential and build successful project teams. Kolbe also offers specialized training on the Kolbe System.
We consider the Kolbe Index really awesome and even revolutionary in its uncommon approach."
Financial Adviser for New Planner Recruiting
"I became familiar with the Kolbe test fairly early in my career, and didn’t really get to know it well until we began to use it in our New Planner Recruiting business to help ensure that the planners being hired were a good match for the job description of the firm and the people they’d be working with (in particular, the advisor/boss to whom they’d be reporting). Unlike the MBTI, which provides interesting reflections on personality but is not necessarily very predictive of actual on-the-job behaviors, there is far more research to support and validate Kolbe’s use in the workplace, and I’ve found it very accurate regarding what I tend to do (and don’t do) in tackling challenges.
Outcome is probably the best demonstration of the value of using the Kolbe Index – it helps you to understand both your strengths (to focus on them) and your weaknesses (to partner or hire others to help fill them in). This is notable, because the reality is that we like to hire people who are just like ourselves – a form of “mini-me” – when in truth most advisors would have far better results by finding someone to complement them, not mimic them."
Michael R. Bossy
President, Founding Partner of Bossy Nagy Group and Kolbe Certified ™ Consultant
“I have been using the Index for the past five years as part of my business consulting services, and my approach tends to be the same, regardless of the type of industry involved. The Index is not so much of a test as it is an assessment. All results are valid, and a strong team will have a balance of each of the Index’s strength areas. The Kolbe A Index can be a useful tool when it comes to hiring new employees, as well as moving current employees into new or existing roles. Someone may be performing well in one role, but that does not mean that they will perform as well in a different role within the same company.
One of the mistakes that I see businesses do all the time is that they take their best salesperson and make them a manager. And a manager has a different Index than somebody who is your best salesperson."
President at Avonbank Ag Solutions
“We are making some changes within our management and ownership, so we thought it would be a worthwhile exercise, We hoped it would help us understand the traits that our current staff and the new people all had, and to figure out where they would fit in with the new roles. We had tried other assessments before, but they didn’t break employees out into different groups as well as the Kolbe A Index did. It certainly opened our eyes to how different people are and how they react differently to situations, The biggest benefit of using the Index for management purposes is pinpointing employees’ strengths when it comes to getting things done. If you know the traits of the people that are working around you, it helps you to designate who should deal with a certain problem or opportunity within your organization What the Kolbe A Index does is help to define who might be the best person to approach something, whether they’re strong in research and coming up with questions and answers to problems or opportunities, or whether they’re someone like me just going with their gut. In that sense, it helps you to surround yourself with people that might be the best ones to help with specific decisions and strategies.”
Body Transformation Coach and Entrepreneur
"I know that incorporating Kolbe within health and fitness coaching programs is significant. I think that it’s been used incredibly well in other forms of coaching across other industries. And I absolutely feel like this revolution requires this level of detail in making sure that people have strategies that are right their instincts. It’s always worth understanding one’s Kolbe. For those people that haven’t, again I would strongly recommend taking that 36 question assessment and being able to put yourself in a position where a coach that understands that can help you integrate that into your fitness strategies. And really think about what qualities are you looking within a trainer. We looked at those kind of signs that you’ll know that a trainer isn’t the right one. And try and find something where you can bring that all together into a very highly strategic plan."
"Pretty cool to see that what I’m doing is exactly what my personality profiling test results suggest.
This is just one of them…I highly recommend you take the Kolbe Index A test so you can see where you naturally excel. Then, fit your business and the activities you do on a daily basis around your natural talents –
You’ll find your business will grow while you reduce the stress and anxiety of doing things you suck at and/or just plain hate doing.
You can see from my results that prioritizing & dealing with unknowns in complex problems are part of my strengths…"
Entrepreneur and personal development geek
"The Kolbe test was recommended to me by a close personal friend of mine. After looking into it further, the test quickly jumped to the top of my shortlist for this self-awareness series. On the one hand, I love that the test has been built on a foundation of almost one million test results. That’s a huge amount of data to help with the test’s accuracy.
But outside of simply being an accurate test, I really like the premise of the results. Instead of telling me my strengths (what the majority of tests claim to do) this test helps me understand my motivations. It’s not answering the “what am I good at” question; it’s answering the “what will I actually do” question or even the “why do I do” question.
I feel like this test can get you closer to understanding your True Purpose and helping you discover a clearer path to moving forward in your life."
Joan O. Wright
Author, SOULinks – pursuing multi-generational significance
"Kolbe provides materials, insights, and experts to help people of all ages identify their instinctive talents, develop their confidence, and use their innate abilities to succeed in a number of situations, from parenting, to getting through school and running a business."
"I require all of my coaching clients take the Kolbe A Index & Career MO. It reveals your “GUT” response, not your personality, quadrant or anything like that. It’s exhausting to do something you’re not called to do. That’s why it’s SO IMPORTANT to find your gifts. This helps. It reveals who you are & how you’ll respond on a good day or even off your game. THIS reveals clues to what kind of biz you should do"
Teresa Shields Parker
"The Kolbe score reveals your first instinct or how you DO things. I am a factfinder, implementor, stabilizer and imaginer. Kind of a weird combo, hey that’s me! I took this two years ago and I’ve actually changed my score in a couple of areas that really relate to what I’m up to today."