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This is the fourth article in a four-part series on DISC, an assessment tool that identifies four behavioral styles.  The fourth behavioral style is called "Cautious Thinker" or "High C."  Common characteristics of this style and its related hiring results are discussed below.


- Ann Clifford, President 
Dos & Don'ts    


"As a manager, should I provide instructions to Cautious Thinkers with a slow, methodical approach or with a brief, factual manner."


                       (Answer provided at the end of the newsletter.)

Who are the "C's", and How Do They Behave?


Cautious Thinkers avoid loose ends.  They are punctual and intensely organized.  They are good problem solvers and like to analyze everything from top to bottom.. Cautious Thinkers are self-reliant and are focused on completing tasks.   Getting tasks done right is more important than speed.  They set high standards for themselves and of others.  Here are a few characteristic traits of a Cautious Thinker:

  • First Impression - Reserved and quiet
  • Gestures - Very little or none at all
  • Stress Relief - Alone time
  • Fears - Lack of procedures

How Should I Manage a "C"?


Cautious Thinkers work best under guidelines and set rules.  Coach them patiently and methodically.  Although quick to judge, Cautious Thinkers will keep their thoughts to themselves and will cringe if you criticize other team members in a harsh manner.  Encourage them to be more attentive to the needs of others, and to acknowledge their feelings.  Below are ideas when managing Cautious Thinkers:

  • Clearly define job responsibilities
  • Set reachable goals
  • Involve them in developing new processes
  • Encourage them to speak up in meetings
  • Provide new solutions to weak work habits
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How Will You Know a Cautious Thinker by Phone? 


They prefer brief, to-the-point telephone calls. The like formality and may address you or themselves as Mr. or Mrs.  They will communicate with concrete facts or gain control with strategic questions.  Like Steady Relaters, Cautious Thinkers tend to express themselves in a rather tentative manner.

Answer to Today's Dos & Don'ts  


"As a manager, should I provide instructions to Cautious Thinkers with a slow, methodical approach or with a brief, factual manner."  



Cautious Thinkers love facts, yet they prefer to learn in a slow, methodical manner.   Although they would prefer to hear instructions slowly, they think quickly and will ask a lot of questions to make sure they understand exactly.  On larger projects, have frequent review sessions.  They can be sensitive to criticism, so be careful to avoid sarcastic remarks when providing feedback

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Which famous person has a high C personality?


A.  Robin Williams
B.  Albert Einstein
C.  Dolly Parton
D.  Rush Limbaugh



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