The Kolbe System is a very useful tool that gives you an insight into another dimension of your colleagues - how they prefer to take action. This is something you should be aware of sooner rather than later. It is especially helpful when hiring.
What It Is The Kolbe System
The Kolbe System is similar to personality or intelligence tests that we have all taken. However, Kolbe measures something completely different, Conative Ability - your instinctive method of operation (MO).
Different roles in a design firm require you to solve problems in different ways. This is a large part of why two smart people with pleasant personalities and similar experience cannot do the same job equally well. Their instinctive method of operation is the difference.
None of us do everything really well. Kolbe explains why you might be very good at some things and not others.
The Kolbe System seems like a well-kept secret. I never hear about it, but I used it for over 15 years - and so have a lot of big companies. Kolbe is not just for designers, it is for everyone. And it is not crazy expensive. The ’A’ Index, which is the main tool you would be interested in, is just $50 per person. Check it out at www.kolbe.com
The main thing that Kolbe helps with is hiring. However, by measuring each member of your design team, you will learn each member’s instinctive method of operation. This gives you a basis for building teams that really work. You can also avoid assigning the ‘wrong’ type of tasks to team members.
The index (exam) is just 36 questions. You mark two choices for each question, your most likely and your least likely response to a situation. From your responses results are available right away.
You can take the questionnaire to see what it is like without cost. However, you are charged to see your results.
Your results are your personal index expressed in four areas. Those areas are:
How Kolbe Worked For Us
Kolbe applies to a typical architect’s office like this:
Potential Problem Profiles
Visit the Kolbe website. You can explore the 'A' Index questions there.
Download this 2007-era 'A' Index Report to see the kind of things you will learn about yourself and your team mates.