What Makes People Tick?

What motivates us? Why are some students driven to learn, while others won’t crack a book unless they have to? Have you ever wondered why we do the things we do, or why we say the things we say? Why do we react or stay silent?  Why do people in very similar situations sometimes have reactions and behaviors that range from one end of the spectrum to the other? There are many experts that focus on external factors, however, our unique internal drive also plays a role, and there is a name for it.

The INSTINCTIVE ways that we react to situations and people is referred to as the “CONATIVE” faculty of the mind. There are many assessments that measure our intelligence and personality traits in order to make predictions. However, the ability to measure our instinctual ways of DOING things provides a degree of insight that takes us to a much greater level by providing us with very specific information.

If you are looking to change careers, enhance your performance at work, help your teenager gain insight, or learn more about what methods of communication and processes will enhance your understanding of others and yourself I highly recommend this assessment.

Your Kolbe result is so individualized only 5% of the population is likely to have it!

There are only 36 questions based on 4 categories:

(1) Fact Finder

(2) Follow Thru

(3) Quick Start

(4) Implementor

After reading each question you rank yourself (most or least) based on 4 choices. The following is one example of a question on the test.

If free to be myself I would……………….

  1. If I were trying to get off the hook for something my arguments would be

Most                   Least





It’s important to remember there is no right or wrong answer. It is simply an assessment that gives reliable information and helps us, both personally and professionally. Finding out how we PREFER to take action is important, because our innate, natural strengths are at the core of how we respond to our environment and those around us.

”Once you understand your instinct for taking action — and the four paths best for you to take — you can target your energy purposefully to achieve your goals,” (Kathy Kolbe)

I took the assessment and was surprised at the insight I gained.  Each of the 4 parts were examined and specific “tips” in all areas were provided to maximize performance in personal and professional arenas. If you would like to learn more please visit Kolbe.com So, what makes people tick? I still can’t answer that question, but finding out what “instincts” drive us is an important piece of the puzzle and can help us make choices that compliment our natural abilities and innate talent. At the very least choosing the right career path can add happiness to our professional lives and increase our quality of contentment in other aspects of our lives as well. Are you thinking about taking the plunge and changing careers? Remember………….

“There is nothing to fear, but fear itself.” (Franklin Delano Roosevelt)

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