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  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Kolbe Corp. (July 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201570955
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201570953
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #688,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

As a Quick Start/Follow Thru, Kathy Kolbe is a theorist with incredible energy. Her natural instinct to innovate has allowed her to create a successful company whose mission is to help people find the freedom to be themselves.

Fortune 500 corporations, small businesses, athletes, celebrities, and just plain folks around the world have all benefited from Kathy's ground-breaking work on the power of natural human instincts.

After working on her toughest, and most rewarding task of raising two kids, Kathy began her professional career by working to improve elementary and high school education. This crusade included convincing school districts to begin teaching problem solving skills. It also included developing materials that thousands of teachers and schools used to instill these skills in kids, and inspired the kids to reach their intellectual potential. This was the beginning of the Kolbe Pure Instinct System, and it earned Kathy recognition in numerous magazines, television shows, and newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News and World Report, the ABC Nightly News, and USA Today. In the 1985 "Man of the Year" issue, Time magazine named Kathy Kolbe one of seven Americans who possess the spirit to inspire.

She then wrote her widely acclaimed best-seller, Conative Connection, which explains her revolutionary theories on instincts and her statistically-proven methodology for building on individuals' innate strength.

The techniques Kathy developed to identify people's instinctive talents also proved their worth in the business world. Kathy and her company, Kolbe Corp, became leading consultants to businesses such as Hershey Foods, the Phoenix Suns basketball team, and IBM. Her alma mater is Northwestern University.

In each phase of her career, Kathy has focused on finding ways to help people find the freedom to be themselves and make the most of their god-given talents. Now, in addition to working with families and individuals, she is spending as much time as possible with her kids and grandkids.

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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By G. straza on June 25, 2000
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If I had found this book sooner, it would have helped stop me from many years of lamenting "I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up". And it would have saved me many years of stress while attempting to fit my round peg into too many square holes.
The Conative Connection is based on a system to discover our action orientations which are our instinctual methods of 'acting' or performing tasks. The four basic 'action modes' are Fact Finder, Follow Thru, Implementor and Quick Start. There are three levels of performance for each Action Mode. People either insist on one or more of the modes, resist or accommodate.
Facilitators are fairly equal in their use of all the action modes. Though some who seem to be this way have actually forced themselves for so long to fit and meet all expectations that they are 'in crises' and no longer recall what their less stressful original orientations were. It seemed to me that any job I had ever had expected everyone to be the same and to be facilitators, therefore creating a lot more stress and burnout than necessary.
What I discovered about myself from reading this book confirmed some insights I had had in high school from which I had strayed. More than "What Color is Your Parachute", this book helped me to get more on track and find a job that was less stressful and more satisfying. The Conative Connection even surpasses the useful "know yourself" information I discovered in "Please Understand Me"(a wonderful book on the Myers/Briggs type and temperament personality test administered by some companies).
As Marshall McLuhan said, "Education is a process of shutting off our talents". Now we have the tool to turn them back on.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Authors Andrew Dornenburg & Karen Page on April 24, 2001
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Kathy Kolbe's penetrating insights into our conative (or instinctual) dimension are nothing less than revolutionary. It would be hard to make a better investment in understanding yourself than to buy this book ... Doing both (which led to my learning my MO as a Quick Start / Fact Finder) confirmed and clarified my gut-level instincts about my own talents, and provided direction for leveraging my strengths while pointing out how not to get blind-sided by my weaknesses! --Karen Page
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Sheila on February 28, 2001
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Most of us know at least one enormously talented person who seems to be adrift, not accomplishing much. And we know someone else with what would appear to be far fewer "gifts" who is nevetheless a definite winner. Why? Why would a top salesman bungle the job of sales manager? Or the effective manager stumble when she goes into business for herself? Why are so many people suffering from job stress? Those are all good questions--and Kathy has answers for them. Better yet, she can show readers how to sidestep the pitfalls on their way to achievement and job satisfaction. And she can help parents understand why a child who can't wait to go to school in the primary grades comes home bored and/or frustrated in middle school. If you've ever been curious about any of these issues, read this book. It will change the way you look at yourself and the people around you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 29, 2013
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I cannot say enough about Kathy Kolbe and the Conative Connection. To know how you attack problems, and those around you do, is invaluable. After becoming knowledgeable about this theory, I have matched my office staff to increase productivity and communication with the Kolbe-A test. Even my husband and I have improved our relationship with this knowledge.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mikado48 on December 2, 2014
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This is an area of educational psychology that really should be explored more, but this text leaves some to be desired. It's evidence-free in its approach and reads more like a self-help book than an instructional text.
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