“Well, if it’s wrong it’s because that’s the way you told me to do it.” – A High C
In the past weeks we’ve been going through the DISC Profile in detail.
This week – Week 5 – C – the COMPLIANT
When I was a youth pastor, we had a few of our graduating seniors stay at our house. We got back late from the senior trip we took them on. The next morning as we were getting ready for church the guy said to me, “Can Nancy iron my shirt”. I looked at him and said, “I don’t even ask Nancy to iron my shirt so there’s no way you are. Today, you’re going to learn to iron.”
We set up the ironing board and started. “Start with the collar, then move to the front”. A girl that was staying with us said, “No, no, no that’s not correct. The right way to do it is starting here…” I couldn’t believe I was being corrected on how to iron a shirt in my own house.
First, I didn’t even know there was a right or wrong way to iron a shirt. Ironing etiquette? Second, I’d been ironing for over 20 years at the time and no one had ever come up to me and said, “Nice try ironing, but I can see you didn’t do it right.”
That young lady didn’t mean any harm. She wasn’t being mean, wanting to start an argument or being critical, although it kinda felt like that. She’s a High C.
This week we’re talking about the “C” profile.
High C personality types are concerned about quality and accuracy.
If you’re a High C, you want to be right, research every aspect of a situation and consider every possibility before making a decision. Hight C’s like systems and procedures that produce predictable and consistent outcomes, look for what could go wrong, read the fine print and are sticklers for detail.
Some of the strengths they bring to the team and organization are being fair and objective, not letting feelings or personal biases get in the way of doing the right thing, asking the right questions and maintaining high standards despite pressures to compromise values or the quality of work.
How to recognize a C.
They tend to be quiet, indirect and formal, appear cautious, speak slowly and matter-of-factly, try to avoid mistakes, rarely speak up at meetings and prefer to go off by themselves, collect data, and make plans. High C’s prefer to work alone, have very high standards, especially for themselves.
Things you want to avoid with a C.
Don’t pop changes on them or ask them to take on multiple projects at one time, don’t spend time on their feelings, ask them how they’re really doing, or expect them to cope well with change. They are drained by dealing with sudden or abrupt change, socializing, dealing with emotionally charged situations, disclosing personal information, being rushed without enough time to process information or consider the consequences. And they DO NOT WANT to be criticized, especially by people who don’t understand the situation.
I must be honest here. C’s used to bug me big time (There’s a reason for that and I’ll tell you why next week as we wrap up.) until I learned more about the DISC and realized they are the most important people I need to surround myself with. I realize now that they will help my dreams become a reality.
As an I/D (Weeks 2 & 3 of this blog series) I’m a dreamer and big picture person. If my dreams and visions are going to become reality I need C’s to help me accomplish that. They bring HUGE value to me.
The value of knowing what your DISC is, understanding another’s DISC, why it’s important to know this to help you communicate better with others and how to leverage your DISC profile is a game changer in work and life!
If you would like to take a DISC Assessment and get over 20 pages of detailed information about yourself and how to communicate better, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.