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2015 Third Quarter Newsletter


Using Conation to Help Your Kids Enjoy Back-to-School Season

Kolbe WisdomTM and conation tell us that almost everyone has the ability to deal with change – even “BIG” change – in a very positive and productive manner.  The key is that not everyone has the same instinctive strengths for handling change.  

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Rich Vincent at Conation Nation Symposium

If you missed Rich Vincent's presentation at Conation Nation Symposium, or if you were at CNS and would like to see this presentation again, you can watch it here.  The presentation is titled,"The Future of People at Work."  Rich is a thought leader in the area of global talent and leadership development.  His extensive professional background includes talent development roles with companies such as Nestlé and Amazon.com.

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Kolbe at 40

Believe it or not, Kolbe Corp celebrates its 40th anniversary this year!  As one way of marking this big milestone, each of this year’s quarterly issues of Kolbe Connection will  include highlights from one of the past four decades of exploring conation and helping people to improve their lives in the ways they care about most.

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The Buzz

6 Ways to Turn Managers into Coaches Again – HBR

Tighter budgets, a heavy workload, and too many direct reports often leave a manager without the time  to act as a coach and mentor. And yet, this function remains critical to the long-term health and productivity of the organization.

The Multiplier Mindset - Systems We Love: The Kolbe Profile- Strategic Coach

"The day I got my Kolbe results will always stand out in my mind as one of the most powerful days of my life."

Dan Sullivan
CEO, Strategic Coach

Don't change the Labrador into a Doberman- Authentic Leadership - LinkedIn

Organizations of try to change "labrador" employees into "doberman pinscher" or vice-versa using their current competency framework.  However, a labrador who is trained to behave like a doberman is not a happy dog.

10 Simple Tips For Managing Your Boss - Inc.

The description of the Kolbe assessment is not entirely accurate, but the article gives some good advice.


Save the Date for Conation Nation Symposium 2016

The next Conation Nation Symposium is scheduled for September 22nd and 23rd, 2016, at the luxurious Omni Resort & Spa at Montelucia in Scottsdale, Arizona.  This event is a rare opportunity for fans of conation to come together and learn more about how the third faculty of the mind makes a difference in our daily lives. 

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In the Spotlight...

Abacus CPAs Honored

Management at Abacus CPAs, in Springfield, MO, credit the Kolbe ATM Index with helping them to successfully hire the right people and achieve an impressive reputation for innovation and consistent growth.  The firm was recently honored with an “Economic Impact Award” from the Springfield Business Journal.  


Featured Product...

 Striving Zones - How People Act when free to be Themselves 

is the latest iteration of Kathy Kolbe’s Theory of Conation. This model of human performance, used by individuals and companies around the world, has continued to evolve since it was first described in Kolbe’s best seller, “The Conative Connection.” 



- If you have choices for things you can do today, you are living a good life.

Quote of the month...

- “We use Kolbe solutions in all of our hiring decisions.  Today, our company has a spark to it because our people are wired into what their conative instincts are.  This makes them more confident in their jobs and happy about what they’re doing." 

Shawn Gulyas
Vice President of Human Resources
La Macchia Enterprises


Blog From Kolbe

Kolbe Corp EVP Frank Reid has started a blog to share some of his insights gained over a 30+-year career in human resources.Take a look a one of his latest posts and let us know what you think.


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