The Thinkers

Thinkers are valuable to a team because they focus on the details! They tend to be motivated by being right and producing quality work. They are very interested learning from past mistakes. They will often work more slowly to ensure accuracy. They are great listeners, especially when it relates to the tasks at hand. Emotionally, they are sensitive and careful. They often need a lot of evidence and are very thorough in their research before making a decision, sometimes this makes them seem reluctant to decide things. When stressed they tend to avoid.


Tendencies include:

  • Orderliness
  • Conscientiousness
  • Discipline
  • Preciseness
  • Thoroughness
  • Being diplomatic with people
  • Being analytical

The ideal environment includes:

  • Being able to concentrate on detail
  • Opportunities to critique
  • Stable surrounding
  • An exact job description
  • Opportunities for careful planning
  • Time to do things right


Tendencies may include:

  • Indecisiveness
  • Getting bogged down in detail
  • Rigidness on how-to's
  • Avoiding controversy
  • Low self-esteem
  • Being hesitant to try new things, Sensitivity to criticism, Pessimism

Need others to provide:

  • Quick decision making
  • Reassurance
  • Stretching of capabilities

Life development areas:

  • Being more open
  • Developing self-confidence
  • Being more optimistic

Understanding the Relater
Basic motivation: To be right, quality
Best environment: Supportive and predictable
Clearly defined
Requiring precision
Accepts/Rejects: Accepts methods
Rejects lack of quality
Behavior under tension:Avoids
Could benefit from: Declaring
Major strengths: Weaknesses:
Orderlycan result inPicky
Thoroughcan result inToo detailed
Analyticalcan result inToo cautious

Now that you've got the DIRT, find out how this information can help you strategize so that you can work together more effectively!