Kathy Kolbe, an entrepreneur, educator and best-selling author, pioneered the identification of a distinct cluster of human behaviors that led to breakthroughs in the understanding and use of innate abilities. As the leading authority on human instincts, Kolbe has amassed over 500,000 case studies to validate her discoveries in the field of instinct and human behavior. Her research – spanning four decades and six continents – represents the foremost body of work within the realm of the conative dimension of the mind.
Kolbe in Business
Kolbe has worked with Fortune 500 companies, business executives, government leaders, universities, and professional sports teams to maximize performance potential by using instinctive talents. Kolbe has been profiled in Time magazine’s Man of the Year issue as one of the seven Americans “who exemplify the spirit that inspires… the choice for Man of the Year,” was honored by the White House as “one of America’s Can-Do People,” was inducted into Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism Hall of Fame, and has received numerous other honors and awards and has been a featured keynote speaker at conventions worldwide. She has dedicated her life to helping people learn to trust the power of their instincts.
Kolbe the Author
Her first book, The Conative Connection, shook the foundations of conventional wisdom regarding the mind by identifying its third and most elusive dimension: the conative. The book recounts Kolbe’s steps in putting together the puzzle of striving instincts and the development of her methodology for building upon individuals’ innate strengths. The Conative Connection became a best seller and its success fueled Kolbe’s commitment to a lifetime of casework to support her breakthrough theories. Pure Instinct, Kolbe’s business book published by Random House, details her experience with high performers in the corporate arena and her techniques for helping them to maximize their potential. Her most recent book, Powered by Instinct: 5 Rules for Trusting Your Guts, serves as an individual’s guide to increase personal productivity and well-being by learning to unlock the power of their own authentic, creative self.
Kolbe’s Work in Education
In addition to her achievements in business, Kolbe has extensive accomplishments in education. She has lectured and conducted research with over twenty universities including Stanford, Northwestern, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Chicago, and has served as an adjunct professor in the College of Education at Arizona State University. In addition to her work in education at the collegiate level, she has been asked to be a consultant to school districts and state departments of education around the country, as well as the U.S. Department of Education. As a mother of five, grandmother of eight, and an all-around child enthusiast, Kolbe has dedicated much of her life to designing specialized learning materials and programs for children and has helped them excel by utilizing their instinctive strengths. She has published over 100 children’s problem-solving workbooks that have been used in more than 30,000 schools in 15 countries. She’s trained thousands of parents, teachers, and educational administrators. Whatever area of educational practice she approaches, everyone involved – teachers, learners, and parents alike – tends to come out of the experience more confident and successful.