I have been asked to talk a little bit about Kolbe’s 17 “Natural Advantage” descriptors.
Natural Advantages were developed by Kathy Kolbe as a way to help describe the combination of strengths identified in your Kolbe A index results.
As you may have heard me say, you are so much more than your highest number. Each individual Kolbe score describes your prefered mode of striving. The two highest numbers of a Kolbe A index (as long as they are 7 or over) are used to determine your Natural Advantage. If there is only one score over 7, that single number is used.
As Kathy Kolbe states in her book, The Conative Connection, “These descriptions, though useful, are stereotypes, because nobody is all of one thing. There is truly no such thing as “can’t” — but there are combinations of talent that make people better suited to one career than another…..The particular combination of strengths in your Kolbe A Index is your personal leverage for getting things done….Natural Advantages aren’t meant to be job titles, rather frames of mind or methods of operation” on how you would approach a particular job with no other constraints, but your instincts.
The 17 Natural Advantages are…
Fact Finder Researcher
Fact Finder/Follow Thru Strategic Planner
Fact Finder/Quick Start Manager
Fact Finder/Implementor Technologist
Follow Thru Designer
Follow Thru/Fact Finder Systems Analyst
Follow Thru/Quick Start Program Developer
Follow Thru/Implementor Manufacturer
Quick Start Innovator
Quick Start/Fact Finder Entrepreneur
Quick Start/Follow Thru Theorist
Quick Start/Implementor Pioneer
Implementor/Fact Finder Investigator
Implementor/Follow Thru Quality Controller
Implementor/Quick Start Adventurer
I will be addressing these Natural Advantages in upcoming calls.