The Planner in DISC
People with the Sc (Planner) personality type tend to be easy-going and fairly even-keeled in their temperment. They often provide predictability and consistency in their interactions and seek the same thing in return.
With a position on the lower bottom right of the DISC, Planners may be more detail-oriented than most people, and be very comfortable letting others direct conversations. They can hesitate to be assertive with their desires at times, in order to maintain a peaceful environment and avoid interpersonal conflict.
In summary, Sc personality types tend to…
Work cooperatively with others.
Take direction from trusted leaders.
Be humble, unassuming, and reluctant to talk about accomplishments.
Accommodate the requests others rather than risk conflict.
Seek predictability and consistency.
Every personality archetype has strengths and blind spots, and these are often amplified in professional settings where we often encounter a diverse group of people with vastly different backgrounds and value systems.
Strengths that are typically associated with the Sc personality type include...
Asking for feedback at regular intervals.
Approaching decision-making carefully.
Responding to questions with patience and understanding.
Being highly organized and attentive to details.
Providing a calming, stabilizing presence for others in tough situations.
Using low-risk solutions that have proven effective in the past.
Promoting the benefits of teamwork and cooperation when motivating others.
Using a structured approach to developing others whenever possible.
Blind spots that are typically associated with the Sc personality type include…
Not bringing underlying conflict to the surface when necessary.
Displaying discomfort when managing people who actively resist close supervision.
Delaying making decisions perceived as high-risk.
Correcting or redoing work rather than confronting someone who becomes hostile.
Minimizing negative feedback, leaving others unclear about the problem.
Not being forceful or assertive when necessary.
Hesitating to try solutions that have not been tested.
Spending too much time analyzing information before making a decision.
You should discuss important issues in-person, ask lots of questions, and leave lots of time to fully understand what they are feeling.
Meetings should be done in-person when possible, with a prepared agenda.
Emails should be warm, sincere, and well-formatted.
Feedback should be thoroughly detailed and delivered with recommendations.
Interpersonal conflict should be handled with caution, as Planners tend to be very sensitive to the emotions of others.
When people experience pain, stress, or dissatisfaction at work, it can usually be attributed to energy-draining activities. Therefore, it’s important to know what kinds of activities energize each personality type and which activities drain them.
Planners tend to be motivated and energized by…
Listening to questions from other people and responding thoughtfully.
Playing a supporting role on the team and staying out of the spotlight.
Building long-term trust and loyalty with consistent, predictable behavior.
Promoting teamwork and cooperation between parties.
Asking for feedback regularly.
Establishing consistent daily routines.
Organizing and clarifying information for other people.
Presenting and analyzing all aspects of an important decision.
Taking time to understand how people are feeling about a recent change.
Captains tend to be drained by…
Presenting ideas and strategies to groups of people.
Directing and pushing others to improve their performance.
Looking for new opportunities without any guidance.
Communicating with quick conversations and messages, rather than thoughtful discussion.
Setting up and participating in competitions.
Making decisions on behalf of other people without much group input.
Frequently working on a tight deadline.
Bouncing between multiple ideas at once.
Thinking on their feet and figuring things out as they go.
Planners can be most effective detecting risks and potential consequences of a decision, creating schedules of others, and providing supporting information. They are usually adept at managing change in a smooth, diplomatic way, making sure everyone is on the same page.
Common jobs for people with the Sc personality type are:
Quality Assurance Analyst