Kathy Kolbe was the first to identify four universal human instincts used in creative problem solving. These instincts are not measurable. However, the observable acts derived from them can be identified and quantified by the Kolbe A™ Index. These instinct-driven behaviors are represented in the four Kolbe Action Modes:
Fact Finder - the instinctive way we gather and share information.
Follow Thru - 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.
The Kolbe A Index result is a graphical representation of an individual's instinctive method of operation, or modus operandi (M.O.). 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.