DELIBERATIVE®

Leaders with dominant Executing themes know how to make things happen.

People exceptionally talented in the Deliberative theme are best described by the serious care they take in making decisions or choices. They anticipate obstacles.

THEME POWER & EDGE

 People with strong Deliberative talents bring a thorough and conscientious approach to their endeavors. They have  the ability to reduce risk and prevent problems through natural anticipation and careful thought.

As a result, they tend to make outstanding decisions.

THEME DESCRIPTION

You are careful. You are vigilant. You are a private person. You know that the world is an unpredictable place. Everything may seem in order, but beneath the surface you sense many risks. Rather than denying these risks, you draw each one out into the open. Then each risk can be identified, assessed and ultimately reduced. Thus, you are a fairly serious person who approaches life with a certain reserve. For example, you like to plan ahead so as to anticipate what might go wrong. You select your friends cautiously and keep your own counsel when the conversation turns to personal matters. You are careful not to give too much praise and recognition, lest it be misconstrued. If some people don’t like you because you are not as effusive as others, then so be it. For you, life is not a popularity contest. Life is something of a minefield. Others can run through it recklessly if they so choose, but you take a different approach. You identify the dangers, weigh their relative impact and then place your feet deliberately. You walk with care.

ACTION ITEMS

  • During times of change, consider the advantages of being conservative in your decision-making. Be ready to explain these advantages when asked.
  • You have confidence in your own judgment, so always do what you think is sensible, regardless of the impact on your popularity.
  • You see things that others do not. Whatever your role, take responsibility for helping others think through their decisions. Others will seek you out as a valuable sounding board.
  • Be sure to set aside some time each day for yourself. Your thoughtful approach gives you the foresight you need to make wise decisions.
  • Explain your process of careful decision-making. Clarify that you highlight risk to take control and reduce it. Don’t allow others to misconstrue your Deliberative theme as tentativeness or fear
    of action.
  • Partner with someone with a strong Command, Self-Assurance or Activator theme. Together you will make and implement many decisions, and these decisions will be sound.

THEME SCRIPT

“To me, Deliberative means think first before you act. Before making major decisions, I need to research every

alternative and review every possibility. For example, it takes me a year to plan our family vacations. I take great care to consider every option and every detail along the way and I examine the pros and cons. I create, edit and revise daily itineraries until they are perfect. Then I try to anticipate what might go wrong and make backup plans of things to do in case an unforeseen event affects our itinerary.

There are times I think I drive my husband crazy. But in the end, it’s always worth it and he knows it. I’m 100%

confident in the choices I have made and our vacations are always incredible.

I tend to think things over pretty carefully before taking action. As a result, I think I tend to make great decisions.”

Characteristics

(words that describe me):

  • observant
  • risk-averse
  • compliant
  • conservative
  • thoughtful
  • confidential
  • careful
  • vigilant
  • private
  • guarded
  • sensible
  • serious

The Value I Bring:

  • a thorough and conscientious approach and stability
  • reduce risks and anticipate obstacles
  • listen to others to gather
  • information to make a sound decision

The Role I Play

(words that describe who I am):

  • risk-assessor
  • preventer
  • guardian
  • planner

The Needs I Have:

  • time to listen and think before being expected to speak
  • opportunities to plan ahead and carefully consider the potential obstacles
  • a close, small network of competent and trusted colleagues
  • work that is rooted in careful, thoughtful thinking, not popularity or spontaneity

My Motivations (what I love/hate):

  • I love taking time to think and assess before I take action.
  • I love restraint and caution in the face of risk.
  • I hate a rush to judgment.
  • I hate being told I am too cautious.

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS

Set aside some time each day for yourself.

Invest in your Deliberative talents by setting aside some time each day for yourself. Your thoughtful approach when considering options gives you the foresight you need to make wise decisions.

You take great care as you consider options, thinking through the pros and cons of each alternative. To you, making the correct choice is more important than the time it takes to do so.

As a result, you make good decisions. In fact, you would change very few of them.

IF THIS IS A LESSER THEME FOR YOU …

“Wait” and “watch out” may not be common words in your vocabulary. You might know how to get started, but slowing down and stopping may be more challenging for you.

 When you want to respond quickly, pause for a moment and consider all of the information available before you act.

  • Use a coding method on your calendar or to-do list to mark items that are important to sleep on or run by others before moving forward.
  • Resist the urge to answer every email or text message right away.
  • Write a reminder to yourself — something quick and easy, like “remember to pause,” “stop and think” or “wait to answer” — and post it where you will see it often, such as on your computer, by your phone or on your calendar.

The document below is a quick reference tool that can help you increase your understanding of the Deliberative theme and its potential applications.

MANAGER FOCUS

HOW CAN THIS HELP YOU AS A MANAGER

You know that to go fast and far, you must first stop, listen and assess — and then take action. This approach helps you make good decisions. Your track record speaks for itself. You consider factors that others do not, and you navigate well even when the situation is uncertain. You are sound-minded and logical, and people appreciate the stability you provide.

You naturally pause before jumping in. Use this time to refine your thinking and to gather team members’ ideas to bring even greater clarity to your work.

HOW CAN THIS HINDER YOU AS A MANAGER?

If your team members do not understand your Deliberative nature, they may wonder what takes you so long to act. They may even think you’ve forgotten about them or their request for help. Let your team members know when you need time to think before making a decision. Keep them posted while you deliberate so they know you are still considering all of the potential next steps for moving forward.

You may tend to withhold praise for exceptional performance, and you might neglect to give it readily for work you consider part of a person’s role. Positive recognition can increase the frequency of the behavior you commend and can be a strong force for driving engagement.

TIPS TO MANAGE TEAMS WITH THIS DOMINANT THEME

 Tips for Managing Employees With Dominant Deliberative Talents

Typically, when managing employees with dominant Deliberative talents, you should help them find ways to encourage others to think through decisions before acting too quickly. People with dominant Deliberative talents have good judgment and tend to question people’s actions.

  • A person with dominant Deliberative talents has the natural ability to reduce risk and prevent problems through innate anticipation and careful thought. As a result, they tend to make outstanding decisions.
  • Do not position people with strong Deliberative talents in roles that require snap judgments. They will likely feel uncomfortable making quick decisions.
  • These employees may add tremendous value to impulsive project teams or groups. They will have a temporizing effect, adding thoughtfulness and anticipation to the mix.
  • Before making critical decisions that could affect your team members, ask employees with dominant Deliberative talents to help you identify the land mines that may derail your plans.
  • Allow these team members to withhold their opinions when facing new challenges. After they’ve had the opportunity to consider their options, they will be able to make a valuable assessment that will lead them or their team to a better decision.
  • Help them find occasions to offer their Deliberative talents to people or groups that need help thinking through their decisions. These employees are a valuable sounding board.
  • Respect that team members with dominant Deliberative talents may be private people. Unless invited, do not push to become too familiar with them too quickly. And for the same reason, do not take it personally if they keep you at arm’s length.

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS

Transforming your talents into strengths requires active and deliberate learning and practice. The section below has ideas for investing in your talents. Use these items to practice using your dominant themes in ways that will be most meaningful and beneficial to you.

Keep your team members informed while you’re considering their requests.

It is important that your team members understand your Deliberative nature. Let your employees know when you need time to think before making a decision. Then, keep them informed while you are deliberating so that they know you are still considering their requests.

You take great care as you consider options, thinking through the pros and cons of each alternative. To you, making the correct choice is more important than the time it takes to do so. As a result, you make good decisions. In fact, you would change very few of them.

However, if your team members do not understand your Deliberative nature, they may wonder what takes you so long to act. They may even think you’ve forgotten about them or their request for your help, which could be disengaging.

Set aside some time each day for yourself.

Invest in your Deliberative talents by setting aside some time each day for yourself. Your thoughtful approach when considering options gives you the foresight you need to make wise decisions.

You take great care as you consider options, thinking through the pros and cons of each alternative. To you, making the correct choice is more important than the time it takes to do so.

As a result, you make good decisions. In fact, you would change very few of them.