The “C” Personality Type Conscientious, Correct, Careful
The DISC Behavioral model describes four basic patterns, none of which is better or worse than any of the others.
Very few people are purely one type. (Most of us are a combination of types.) This description is of someone who is almost completely a “C”. See if it describes you or someone you know. (Again, remember it describes an extreme form of a behavior that is often much more nuanced.)
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If you are a C personality type you are concerned about QUALITY and ACCURACY.
- You want to be right.
- You research every aspect of a situation and consider every eventuality before making a decision.
- You value your reputation for being accurate and logical.
- You like systems and procedures that produce predictable and consistent outcomes.
- You look for what could go wrong.
- You read the fine print. You are a stickler for detail.
- You prefer to work alone.
- You have very high standards, especially for yourself. You can be a perfectionist.
You are energized by…
- Being right
- Having access to information and data
- Having time to investigate the problem, formulate a plan, and carry it through to completion
- Being dealt with in a reserved, business-like manner
- Being recognized and rewarded for specific accomplishments
You lose energy by…
- Dealing with sudden or abrupt change
- Being required to socialize, to deal with emotionally charged situations, and to disclose personal information
- Lacking the time to process information or to evaluate consequences
- Being criticized by people who don’t understand the situation
- Working in a system that lacks quality control or safety regulations
At your best you can…
- Be fair and objective, not letting feelings or personal biases get in the way of doing the right thing.
- Ask the right questions.
- Maintain high standards in spite of pressures to compromise values or the quality of work.
You can be a clear thinker, an analyst, a diplomat.
When you are stressed out you can…
- Suffer from analysis paralysis. You get bogged down in details.
- Withhold information and become stubborn.
- Become overly critical — of others and of yourself.
- Tell ideas instead of selling ideas.
At your worst, you can be a nit picker, a hoarder, an automaton.
To be your best…
- Become more open to other people’s ways of thinking and communicating.
- Learn when it is appropriate to settle for good enough.
- Gain perspective on the consequences of being wrong.
- Know that you don’t have to know everything before voicing an opinion or making a decision.
Cultivate acceptance. Become more assertive.
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How to RECOGNIZE a C personality type…
- They tend to quiet and indirect and formal. They appear cautious.
- They speak slowly and matter-of-factly, trying to avoid mistakes.
- They rarely speak up at meetings.
- They prefer to go off by themselves and to collect data and make plans.
- Their offices are neat.
How to WORK with a C personality type…
- Get right down to business. Present the facts. Focus on the issue.
- Involve them in defining standards and developing procedures.
- Ask their opinions. Wait for them to answer. Listen.
- Involve them in long term planning.
- Respect their personal limits.
- Train them in people skills and negotiating.
What NOT to do around a C personality type…
- Pop changes on them.
- Ask them to take on multiple projects at one time.
- Spend time on their feelings or ask them how they’re really doing.
- Expect them to cope well with change.
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