This topic is so near and dear to my heart and you will see why shortly.
I took the Kolbe A Index in 1991 and with it came a list of careers that make good use of my Innovator instincts. They were On-Camera TV, Sales, Comedian, Radio Interviewer, Therapist, Public Speaker, Crisis Center Director, Actor, and Alternative Program Educator. This information came into my hands right when I was looking for a job; the timing was perfect. I used and trusted this resource and referred to it when I was having a bad day. I have worked, tested, and thrived in more than half of the careers listed above.
Fast forward to 2015 when an anonymous woman decided to pay for my Kolbe certification. While I was at certification, my excitement came from the list of careers that were there in 1991 and 1997 (when my husband took the Kolbe A) to help people be right where they make the most impact. However, the list of careers that matched conative strengths was not on the Kolbe A Index anymore. I was stunned, sad, and confused on how to move forward. At that time, Kathy Kolbe assured me that I would be completely satisfied in about a year when a new career assessment would be unveiled. But at that moment I was fuming, and I was about to find out why.
When I was in high school, a bunch of us would go to the drive-in movies. We all had different things we did well, and it was natural for me to delegate jobs to people that had natural talent in that area. I would choose the meeting place and the movie, someone else would make the calls to see who was going, another would decide on snacks, another would decide on timing, and there would always be a Plan B. Little did I know at the time, I was using my conative instincts, my natural gifts, to spot talent in others.
No matter where I am, I see where people need to be naturally. Generally speaking, people are not utilized for all of the natural gifts and strengths they possess at their place of employment. I was the first in line for the new career assessment through Kolbe because it helps me to put people in the right places where they can use their innate gifts the most. The new test is called the OPgig Assessment. The reason this test is unlike any in the world is that it takes into consideration all three parts of the mind: Cognitive (thinking), Affective (feeling) and Conative (doing).
My results made me smile, and I will share them with you. The percentage shown next to the careers is the probability of you finding the freedom to be yourself in that career. Basically, it shows you the likelihood of finding sustained success in that career.
My Top OPgig Results:
92% Corporate Recruiter (Ah! Putting people where they fit!)
92% Leadership Development Specialist (Assist individuals in leadership positions develop their management skills and help them make the necessary steps to succeed as a business leader.)
90% Educational Consultant (Help a school district or student improve the quality of learning environments and curriculum.)
88% Relationship Counselor
88% Professional Coach
88% Organizational Development/Human Resources
Do you see the specific, amazing difference between the Kolbe A I took in 1991 and OPgig in 2016? Cool, right? Also, Kolbe has partnered with Indeed. and I can look up careers available in my zip code. Thankfully, I am doing many of these in my own business. My talent for finding and putting people where they are best served was seen early on and it continues to be my driving force for why I do what I do.
What is your driving force? Would you like to find out? The first 10 people that respond to this post will go into a hat and I will draw a name for a free Opgig Career Assessment. You can also call or email me to set up your complimentary consultation to begin the coaching journey.