It is not a big secret that most people are not aware of their personal talents and therefore do not live to their full potential. I was totally miserable trying to figure out why I didn’t like my job or why can’t I follow through on certain subjects. I wanted to figure out why I do things the way I do it. I wanted to find out about my talents, then refine them and turn them into strengths. It is an ongoing process of refining personal talents and it should never end.
Although there are multiple ways to uncover personal talents, taking perosnal tests is the easiest way to do that. It takes most guesses out to the picture. People spent decades figuring out the question of talent. Now we can take advantage of all of their research. It is incredible.
If you into self-development and personal growth field, you most likely already tried to identify ways to discover what you most good at. I am the same. I tried to figure stuff out about myself for years. I discovered a lot of things about me and my personality. Taking various assessments helped me to become much clearer on what my talents are which brought me to totally new level of understanding myself.
Here are the 3 assessments I found most effective that work great to uncover your personal talents:
1. Kolbe Index A Assessment
2. Strength Finder 2.0
3. Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
Today I want to talk about one of the assessments I took and you can take too to get clear on your innate talents. It is Kolbe Assessment. Lets take a look on what is about and is it worth it or not to take the test.
Take a Kolbe A Index assessment
I came across Kolbe A assessment several months ago. I never heard of them before and therefore don’t feel that it is something I want to take. I like to make sure that information I consume and paid for is credible and the best one I can get.
I didn’t take their assignment the first time I came across their website. Later I receive some email from one of the newsletters I subscribed to. They mentioned Kolbe Corporation and how credible they were. I decided to go back on their website and read more information about them. Here is what I found from their website:
Kolbe is an organization that exists over 30 years. Kolbe Corporation helps people to identify their instinctive talents and use this information to develop peoples self confidence, and succeed in various life situations such as running own business or getting through school.
“Kathy Kolbe started Kolbe Corp with a passionate commitment to helping elementary and high-school students of all ability levels navigate the educational system, learn more, and achieve their personal goals. In fulfilling that mission, Kolbe Corp’s team of educators, academics, and artists created over 100 books, games, and interactive activity kits. These award-winning products became the basis – and the gold standard – for a new genre in educational publishing. Teachers and parents have been using Kolbe products, methods, and techniques for decades with extraordinary success. Their extremely positive feedback tells us that many have been excited and amazed to discover how the Kolbe approach to learning helps children thrive, develop outstanding problem-solving skills, and embrace each of their individual, unique, exceptional capabilities.”
The system has been used by organizations such as Intel, Volkswagen, Honeywell, and other companies from the very small to the very large. The results have been impressive enough to garner attention from media outlets across the nation, including The Wall Street Journal, ABC Nightly News, USA Today, and CNN.
Kathy Kolbe is a founder of that company. Here is her quote:
“My definition of success is the freedom to be yourself”
I couldn’t agree more with that.
Let’s take a look what their system is about:
Kolbe assumes that we have 3 part of the mind that modern psychologist and ancient philosophers shared:
Cognitive – Thinking
Conative – Doing
Affective - Feeling
Action derived from instinct; purposeful mode of striving, volition. It is a conscious effort to carry out self-determined acts. The Latin ‘conatus’, from which conation is derived, is defined as “any natural tendency, impulse, or directed effort.”
Connative (doing part) contain the instincts that drive a person’s natural way of taking action (Modus Operandi). This is the unique set of innate strengths and talents every person has which remains unchanged from birth. Everyone has an equal amount of conative energy for engaging the thinking (cognitive) and feeling (affective) parts of the mind to produce purposeful action.
Kathy Kolbe was the first who identify 4 universal human instincts. She found a way to quantify them and that is what you can define by taking Kolbe Index A assessment.
Here is document you can download from their website to get more information regarding history and theory behind conative part of the mind: Wisdom of the Ages
Here are those 4 instincts, Kolbe called it Action Modes:
Fact Finder – the instinctive way we gather and share information.
Follow Through – the instinctive way we arrange and design.
Quick Start - the instinctive way we deal with risk and uncertainty.
Implementor – the instinctive way we handle space and tangibles.
Here is the sample picture from their website and what they said:
The Kolbe A Index result is a graphical representation of an individual’s instinctive method of operation, or modus operandi (MO). The numbers in each Action Mode represent different points on a continuum, rather than relative values. Each point on the continuum indicates a positive trait. There is no such thing as a negative or “bad” Kolbe Index result.
From those 4 action modes derived 12 unique ways to solve problems. Each of us will use four of these approaches, one in each Action Mode, when we tackle challenges in the way we are most naturally comfortable.
Here are picture of those 12 ways:
Each of us will be most productive when we operate in our own unique way.
By taking assessment on their website you can figure out what are your natural instincts and how they can help in different areas such as: Improve relationship, improve job performance, become affective parent, understand how to use it in your business or line of work you involved.
I took their assessment. It was around 50$. I was skeptical first, because their questions seemed fairly simplistic and look like most assessments I already took, but actually when I look on the results and analyze them it was quite revealing in certain instances. (I have been interested in personalities kind of information for a long time, so I thought that I knew everything)
My action modes are 3-3-9-3. First 3 mean for me that I gather information by simplifying it. What it means that I don’t like the details and pay attention to a bigger picture. And I feel stressed when I have to deal with all the details.
It is actually explains why I never like math that much. I always like psychology, religion, philosophy but no disciplines with a lot of numbers involved. You can see that it might have a practical implication.
If you work as a computer programmer and have to deal with numbers but your natural instinct saying opposite you may feel miserable and feel as if you are not really happy on a job.
By becoming aware of that, it is possible to develop action plan to move out of current job and do something you really like.
I know that some people would argue that natural personal talents exist at all. I will leave you with that.
In next several posts I will provide you with 2 completely different systems that use the same assumption that natural personal talents exist and ways to apply them so you can get clear understanding on this important concept. This will lead to better quality of life, more fun, more money, self-fulfillment and satisfaction.
To discover you natural talents and ways to apply them click here.
Please leave comments on either you agree or not on existence of natural talents. Take the assessment and lets discus our results.