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Kathy Kolbe is an acclaimed theorist, bestselling author, entrepreneur, educator, organizational strategist, consultant and speaker, and is the founder of Kolbe Corp and the Center for Conative Abilities. She is considered to be the world's leading authority on human instincts and conation* and has dedicated her life to helping people to find the freedom to be themselves through understanding and using their conative abilities.
The author of multiple research studies, Kolbe has proven her long-held theory that conation is a third faculty of the brain. Additionally, over 750,000 case studies have tested and validated her theories on the inherent, instinctive nature of human conation. Kolbe's work has earned her widespread recognition and awards.
She has authored a number of assessment and performance tools used across the world by business, schools, families and individuals, including the Kolbe A™ Index, the only valid and reliable assessment tool for measuring an individual's method of operation (M.O.) within the conative faculty of the brain.
Kolbe's motivation for her life's work is rooted in her own cognitive challenges. A severe dyslexic, she discovered early on that instinctive, purposeful action could trump any learning disability. Additionally, in midlife Kolbe survived a near-fatal car accident that left her unable to perform simple cognitive tasks. Rather than focusing on what was lacking, Kolbe relied on deep-rooted conative instincts to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles.
*Conation is the faculty of the brain that drives you to take purposeful action according to your instincts. Conative abilities are the natural, inherent and unchanging talents that, when acted on, lead to success and well-being as you use your creative energy to solve problems.