Johnson Cook

Atlanta tech investor. Entrepreneur.

Johnson Cook - Atlanta tech investor. Entrepreneur.

High C’s Aren’t All Cynics

If you know DISC, then you know exactly what I’m talking about. Ah, the old C.

The calculating, cautious, careful, smart types. The ones that analyze every situation, want to explore, evaluate, and then evaluate further. You’ve got to love them.

Although the thing is, they are hard to love. If you aren’t a person who thinks about people in terms of their DISC classification, then you may just label some of these people cynics. But don’t worry, they aren’t. They are just wired to question everything. Here are some examples of C behavior that could be seen as cynical:

Walk into restaurant. You say “This place is awesome.”
They say: “Wonder why the ceiling is painted black. Guess the ran out of budget on the furniture. Parking lot is laid out poorly.”

You say: “I love being an entrepreneur.”
They say: “How can you deal with all the land mines out there? Every day, something is just waiting to blow you up! Don’t you think about how risky your situation is? Have you heard about the debt crisis in Shubagostan and that latest BS in Congress!?! It’s going to bring our entire economy down.”

You say: “I want to build an invention that will cure cancer and make me invincible.”
They say: “That’s impossible because of the molecules and the sciencey reasons.”

Before I understood DISC, C’s would bring me down. Debbie downers we’d call them.

But now that I’ve learned to appreciate that this is how they are wired. They aren’t trying to bring us I’s and D’s down, they are just analyzing the world around them in a logical, scientific method kind of way. Just grin and keep moving, knowing it’s not personal.

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  • JRS says:

    Great positioning on DISC Johnson. It’s an excellent measurement and each time I’ve taken it the accuracy has been consistent. You have nailed the ‘C’ personality. Each of the four ‘food groups’ of personality complement the others in their own way. By understanding who they are, it makes for a much more productive and enjoyable engagement of business and life.

    January 9, 2015 at 9:20 am
    • Johnson Cook says:

      Thanks! Agree completely. Just understanding it is the key to everything.

      January 14, 2015 at 8:48 am

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