Which professional assessment is your team taking? Is it the right one?


Since you are reading this blog, most likely you are in tune with the work of The Instinctive Advantage - and, therefore have taken the Kolbe A™ Index.  I will fully own my bias in that Kolbe Wisdom™ is my tool of choice.

Clients often ask me why this is the case and there are a few reasons:

  • Kolbe Corp™ has produced research studies that this information is constant over time.  I can’t even tell you how many people I have met with later in their career who have said “if only I knew this sooner”.
  • We all know that we have an instinctive drive; but Kolbe Wisdom™ offers the vernacular to explain these differences

  • The reliability.  I have met with thousands of individuals in the years that I have been doing this work and have yet to meet anyone who disagrees with the material.

  • Intuitive understanding of how one person’s score can relate to someone else’s

With the confession of my love (or obsession?) with Kolbe Wisdom™, I will be the first to acknowledge that Kolbe is not the answer to every challenge in the workplace.  I have received many questions over the years on various tools. In this blog post we’re going to give you some perspective on a few of the common professional assessments, and why you may want to take them.

*Note: This is just a snapshot. Each of these assessments have quite robust backgrounds and uses. I suggest that you explore them all.

(1) Kolbe Index

In case you need a refresher, the Kolbe A™ Index is designed to measure the conative part of the mind — the actions you take that result from your natural instincts. This quick assessment validates your natural talents, the instinctive method of operation (MO) that enables you to be productive. Also, it’s the only validated assessment that measures a person's conative strengths.  

Areas it helps teams with:

  • Increased self-knowledge for team members
  • Quantitative-backed metrics to build teams

  • EEOC certified hiring process

Learn more here: www.theinstinctiveadvantage.com

(2) DISC Profile

What is the DISC Profile: The DISC profile is a non-judgemental tool used for discussion of people’s behavioral differences. By taking the assessment, individuals are able to see how their personality affects their behaviors, allowing them to work with others more effectively.

Why it helps teams:

  • Increased self-knowledge for team members

  • Further recognition of communication needs for entire teams

  • Facilitation of better teamwork communication

Learn more here: www.discprofile.com

(3) StrengthsFinder

What is the StrengthsFinder: The StrengthsFinder assessment consists of 177 paired statements where individuals choose which fits them best. From these choices a list of your 5 top strengths is created. This allows individuals and teams to align themselves in positions that relate to the strengths they have.

Why it helps teams:

  • Helps teams understand team contribution

  • Allows team members to be the best version of themselves

  • Positions teams structurally in alignment with their strengths (not weaknesses)

Learn more here: www.gallupstrengthscenter.com

(4) Myers-Briggs

What is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator: The MBTI® is a personality inventory used to make sense of seemingly random behavior around the concepts of perception and judgement. In doing so, the MBTI® identifies an individual's favorite world vantage point, how they interpret information, how they make decisions, and the structure (or lack thereof) they prefer. This allows for a snapshot of a person's whole self.  

Areas it helps teams with:

  • Helps people determine their internal functioning

  • Helps leaders prepare and address conflict

  • Develops a larger personality perspective of the entire team

Learn more here: www.myersbriggs.org

Like I said before, there are all different types of assessments, and picking one for your team can be difficult. If you’d like to talk more about these options and how to weight them, I’d be happy to connect.

In whatever you choose, please don’t just take them blindly. Be intentional.


Stephen Tisch