Thoughts on the DiSC Profile 4: Thoughts on ‘C’

I’m now at the last of the four basic DiSC ‘types’ and will know have made enemies with all of you. :-)

  1. It might be helpful to realise that C’s feel strongly and personally about being right and accurate. They are not just being fussy or pedantic. They genuinely feel strongly about correctness and feel distressed by sloppiness. And they sincerely want to help by pointing out when something is in error. This might help you be more considerate and sympathetic.

  2. C’s can tend to be more deadpan in their interactions, and so encouragements to smile and laugh speak in an animated manner will help them in build bridges with others. this is especially important if they are in ‘constructive criticism’ mode - they need to be gentle and friendly when they disagree.

  3. C’s resent being dumped with the details if those ‘delegating’ don’t show interest or respect for this important work. However if you pay attention to their updates and demonstrate that you value their details work, they will happily take it off your plate.

  4. Like D’s, C’s prefer concrete and to the point email communication. Unlike D’s, they not only want the bottom line, but also the bullet points and attachments.

  5. Coach C’s to realise that for them to truly get something ‘right’ it needs to be not only at top quality, but also on time, on budget and according to its original purpose. Something is no longer ‘perfect’ if it’s three weeks late!

  6. Help them assess teams, projects and circumstances based on the people and relationships, not just the facts and goals.

  7. C’s need concrete and precise instructions wherever possible. Giving them broad, abstract guidance or feedback about the ‘vibe’ won’t be helpful but rather paralysing or frustrating.

  8. C’s value you doing thing in the right process and through the proper channels. It is a way of showing respect.

  9. C’s can be great at giving constructive criticism, proposals, assessments and surveys. They tend to not be so good at vision setting.

  10. Coach a C to communicate while they’re thinking. Even saying things like ‘let me think about that’ or even just grunt and hmph, so that people don’t have to just wait for your cogs to turn!

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