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Glossary

Accommodate
A mid-range positioning of 4-6 units in a given Action Mode describing the ability to bridge differences between those on the outermost limits who initiate solutions or prevent problems in the same Action Mode. See ReAct
Action Modes®
As identified by Kathy Kolbe, four distinct clusters of behavior able to be measured which result from engaging our striving instincts Fact Finder, Follow Thru, Quick Start and Implementor.
Affective/Affect
Known for centuries as one of the three parts of the mind. Pertains to or arises from feelings or emotions as measured on personality or social style instruments. An emotion or tendency (noun); to influence (verb).
Best Effort
See Effort.
CoAct
Initiating Action in a Kolbe Action Mode combined with another insistent (or highly responding) mode. The Initiating Actions will have a duality of expression in those two modes. Formerly referred to as Natural Advantages.
Cognitive/Cognition
Known for centuries as one of the three parts of the mind. Deals with knowledge, competencies and intellectual processes as measured on IQ or skills tests.
Commitment
Guarantee that the necessary instinctive power will be allocated to accomplish a goal.
Conative/Conation
Known for centuries as one of the three parts of the mind. Action derived from instinct; purposeful mode of striving, volition. Can be measured by the Kolbe A™ Index.
Conative clones
People whose instinctive way of taking action is so similar that they replicate each other's performance.
Conative Stress
The result of a compelling need being denied when one's natural drive is thwarted, creating unproductive pressure on the individual.
Conflict
As defined by Kathy Kolbe, conative stress that results from natural differences of four units or more in how people function in any one Action Mode.
CounterAct
Conative behavior(s) arising from a resistance in a Kolbe Action Mode. One of three equal Zones of Operation.
Creative Process
See Kolbe Creative Process.
Dynamynd® decision ladder
A hierarchical model of the graduated, sequential steps that lead to higher levels of thinking, feeling and taking action in the creative problem solving process.
Culture Dynamynd®
A model for assigning the status on the Dynamynd decision ladder for a category of people who are affiliated, but who do not make decisions interactively.
Individual Dynamynd®
A model of the specific behaviors an individual exhibits when making decisions at each level of the Dynamynd hierarchy, in each of the three dimensions of the mind cognitive, conative, and affective.
Leader Dynamynd®
A model of the levels of decision making required of leaders as they develop higher standards of performance for themselves and others whose decisions they influence.
Team Dynamynd®
A model of the levels of decision making – in all three dimensions of the mind – available to a group of people who work interdependently.
Effect
The result of using your instinctive energy (noun); to bring about (verb).
Effort
Conative actions you take to solve problems.
Best Effort
Actions that use your four natural Kolbe Strengths or instinctive abilities.
Foolish Effort
Actions you take that you know are not your best efforts or working against your M.O. or instincts. See Wasted Effort.
Levels of Effort
The degree to which we decide to employ our mental energy or engage our instincts as represented on a scale. See Will. Lowest level – Intention, Middle level – Attempt, Highest level – Commitment
Wasted Effort
Energy you use to take action that goes against your grain, or is contrary to your best efforts. Working without using your natural talents. See Wasted Effort.
Erg (Mental Erg)
Unit of energy.
Facilitator
A person with all four Action Modes in the mid-range. Also termed Mediator.
Fact Finder
The Action Mode that deals with detail and complexity, providing the perspective of experience.
Failure Factors
Fear, Fatigue, Frustration.
Follow Thru
The Action Mode that deals with structure and order, and provides focus and continuity.
Foolish Effort
See Effort.
Going Against Your Grain
Making efforts that do not use your instinctive talents.
Impact Factors
See Kolbe Strengths.
Implementor
The Action Mode that deals with physical space and ability to operate manually, and provides durability and a sense of the tangible.
Initiating Actions
Conative behavior(s) arising from an insistence in a Kolbe Action Mode. One of 3 equal Zones of Operation.
Initiation
The instinctive way of approaching a solution to a problem through any Action Mode. A measurement of 7-10 units of conative energy in any Action Mode. Also referred to as insistence.
Insistence
See Initiation.
Inertia
Loss of productivity caused by uniformity of action among people in an organization.
Instincts
Mental energies which are universal, intrinsic, individual talents, seminal, valid across cultures, needs, innate, natural, authentic, inborn tendencies to strive or initiate action through probing, patterning, innovating, and demonstrating.
KCI®
See Kolbe A Index.
Knack
A person's instinctive way of dealing with detail, structure, risk and tangible effort.
Kolbe Creative Process
The mental process that results in the development of something that has not previously existed; also the mental process that naturally takes place when the mind is focused on solving a particular problem.
Kolbe Concept®
Unique expression by Kathy Kolbe of her theory of individual performance driven by instinctive behaviors. Consists of psychometric measurements identifying natural talents and providing a pathway to higher productivity and greater satisfaction.
Kolbe Indexes
 
Kolbe A™ Index
An instrument designed by Kathy Kolbe that quantifies the degree of natural talent an individual possesses in each Action Mode.
Kolbe B™ Index
An instrument designed by Kathy Kolbe that measures self perceptions of job requirements.
Kolbe C™ Index
An instrument designed by Kathy Kolbe that indicates the conative requirements for success in a job as described by any third party, frequently a supervisor.
Kolbe R™ Index
An instrument designed by Kathy Kolbe to identify how one person wishes the other person would take action in a personal relationship.
Kolbe Y™ Index
Youth version of the Kolbe A Index designed by Kathy Kolbe for a fourth–grade reading level.
Kolbe IF™ Index
An instrument designed by Kathy Kolbe that quantifies the underlying pattern of a child's (ages 2 - 8) actions as described by a third party who knows the child extremely well, frequently a parent.
Kolbe Strengths™
The twelve ways of taking instinctive action when problem solving. Each of us takes action in each of the four Action Modes and our uniqueness derives from the combinations.
Kolbe Theory™
The theory of individual performance driven by instinctive behaviors originated by Kathy Kolbe. It includes psychometric measurements identifying natural talents and providing a pathway to higher productivity and greater satisfaction.
Kolbe Wisdom™
Creating solutions through intelligence, integrity, and trusting your instincts.
Leisure
Activity that does not involve striving. See Recreation.
Levels of Effort
See Effort.
Mediator
See Facilitator.
Mental Energy
Internal power sources available to drive one's Instincts toward goal-directed activity.
Modus Operandi (M.O.)/Method of Operation
A numerical representation of one's instinctive way of taking action as measured across the four Action Modes.
Natural Advantage™
Description of the natural way of operating based on the combination of talents derived from a Kolbe A result.
Obstinate
Having tenacity, perseverance, dogged resolution, a ruling passion, being willful, acting with determination.
Paths to Success
See Kolbe Strengths.
Prevention
The instinctive way of resisting certain activities in an Action Mode as a unique method of problem solving. A measurement of 1-3 units of Mental Energy in an Action Mode. Also known as CounterAction or resistance.
Provoke
To goad, inspire, push, direct, trigger action, make happen, cause.
Quick Start
The Action Mode that deals with originality and risk-taking, and uncertainty.
Recreation
Free time activity that involves striving. See Leisure.
Resistance
See Prevention.
Responding
Having from 4 to 6 units of mental energy in an Action Mode, indicating an ability to accommodate in the mode as needed. See ReAct.
Strain
As defined by Kathy Kolbe, conative stress resulting from a person's unrealistic self-expectations of how he or she needs to perform.
Stress
An impelling need is denied when one's natural drive is thwarted, creating unproductive pressure on the individual. (See Conflict, Strain and Tension).
Striving Instincts
Innate power sources that compel us to be productive through probing, patterning, innovating, or demonstrating.
Striving Zones
Three equal Conative zones of performance as measured by the Kolbe A Index.
Tension
As defined by Kathy Kolbe, conative stress resulting from another person's unrealistic requirements for how a person will perform.
Theory of Equality
Every individual is endowed with equal Will and is, therefore, equally capable of creating solutions.
Theory of Variance
The Striving Instincts are universal and do not vary by culture or opportunities. The distribution of talents for a general population falls within a natural bell curve.
Three Parts of the Mind
(3-Dimensional mind) The mind controls the actions stimulated by the Will and transmitted by the striving instincts. Every Individual has three mental faculties • Cognitive or intellectual, which controls thought • Affective or emotional, which controls feelings • Conative or functional, which controls actions
Think-ercise!®
Exercises that involve the use of all three parts of the mind to do creative problem solving.
Transition
The loss of ability to express or recognize one's own conative nature; loss of sense of self. Kolbe results are distinguished on the bar chart by an asterisk under the Action Mode(s) that is out of sync.
Wasted Effort
See Effort.
Will
The power of control the mind has over whether, or to what degree, to engage the striving instincts. Although an intellectual awareness of the need to employ these instincts or an affective concern for their use may exist, free will makes that determination. See Levels of Effort.
Work
What happens when something is accomplished. It is seemingly effortless.