Natural resistances in the way you act, react and interact (in other words, the way you get “Get Conative”) are essential to your being at your best.
- Trust a conative strength to resist and you will find yourself avoiding problems.
- Resistances are as necessary to making good decisions as trusting your methods for taking the initiative.
- Natural resistances have nothing to do with your personality.
A major detriment in our current Good-Job culture is that we over-reward taking initiatives that involve low levels of effort, and under-reward efforts that require a conative resistance. This happens even after a resistance has prevented a nonproductive, even potentially harmful initiative. Who noticed?
Our culture, which notices and praises emotions, often mistakes a constructive resistance with a negative attitude.
What happens when we don’t benefit from the natural counter-balance of our instincts to resist initiatives?
- Academic programs have too much analysis/paralysis
- Large institutions have too much bureaucracy
- Innovators sell before they have a reliable product or service (think vaporware)
- Physical protectors construct solutions that come with too high a price to be realistic.
Pay attention to how you use your resistant strengths in your conative MO (modes of operation), and pat yourself on the back for having the gumption to do it. You’ll notice how unlikely it is in today’s world that you’ll get praise from others.
Also watch the outcomes. You’ll find they will payoff for you – and that others benefit, too.
If your Kolbe A ™ Index result finds you prevent in a Kolbe Action Mode, here are the possible ways you could prevent problems (you can complete it at kolbe.com/At):
Fact Finder Resist: You solve problems despite a lack of specific information, and cut into complex discussions to clarify issues.
Follow Thru Resist: You work well despite constant interruptions, and mix things up so systems aren’t too boring and repetitious.
Quick Start Resist: You stick with what’s working despite others’ desires for change, and avoid taking unnecessary risks.
Implementor Resist: You are able to make buying decisions despite not being able to see the thing in person, and can imagine what the results will be.