While both are extremely rich, there’s more in common between Bruce Wayne and Warren Buffet than just money. (Spolier alert!) If Batman was a real person, I believe he would share the most complex of the 34 CliftonStrengths with Buffet. That is DeliberativeⓇ!
People with DeliberativeⓇ are known for their intense, arduous research and decision-making phases. But once they make their mind up, they are completely confident in their choice because of all the time and effort they put into deciding what they consider to be the best option. They are incredibly skilled at identifying and avoiding risks. Thus, they tend to separate their work and personal lives as much as possible, to the point that they might have separate values, relationships, and even personas in these different worlds. In other words, if there is one strength that is poised to be a secret superhero, it is DeliberativeⓇ!
After his extreme wealth, Warren Buffet is likely best known for his penchant for long-term investments. His methodical decision-making and risk aversion are signs of DeliberativeⓇ. In the planning phase, deliberative people require ample time to study all information available. They have a knack for sifting out potential dangers and will imagine could-be solutions. If the perceived risks are still too great, the DeliberativeⓇ person will likely look into alternatives. Afterall, Buffet says, “risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing.” And, he is motivated to know everything possible about his decisions.
The greatest pet peeve for a deliberative person at this juncture is to receive necessary information after they have made a decision. Then, the decision and the process required to arrive at that decision is moot. To waste such time and energy due to missing info strikes at DeliberativeⓇ’s fear of not making the best decision. They will take this delay of information personally, and will blame themselves for possibly making the decision too hastily. For this reason, it can be difficult for DeliberativeⓇ to trust co-workers once they have made mistakes.
This very pet peeve took place for Buffet when he bought Berkshire Hathaway. When unanticipated changes occurred, Buffet vindictively fired the manager and made uncharacteristic moves that cost him $200 billion.
Considering part of being human is to err, deliberate people tend to not trust easily, as a result. Moreover, it is rare for someone(s) to have access to all of their worlds. Take Bruce Wayne. He keeps his personal, business, and “extra-curriculars” divorced of one another. Only Alfred has access to all of his worlds, and that is merely because he auditioned for the privilege through 20+ years of selfless service. Those are some high trust boundaries.
Warren Buffet has exemplified this separation, as well, in his love life. His wife lived in California, while his mistress lived in his home with him in Nebraska. Managing separate lives like this might look strange to someone low in the DeliberativeⓇ talent; but, to Buffet and Wayne, this type of compartmentalization is necessary to keep conflicts from different parts of their lives from bleeding into one another. In Buffet’s case, he did not want to divorce, and his wife desired a different life. So, they cooked up a different type of arrangement.
Dick Cheney is another great DeliberativeⓇ example in this vein. He is quiet, but his voice has power when he speaks. His decisions are well thought out. If someone tries to challenge his decision, he is already prepared with a succinct retort. And with DeliberativeⓇ, he is equipped to love a gay daughter while espousing anti-LGBTQ politics because, in his mind, politics and family are separate worlds that shall not meet. No matter where your views are politically, you can’t deny that DeliberativeⓇ talent!
So, do you have DeliberativeⓇ? How many “worlds” do you have? Or, if you are close to someone with DeliberativeⓇ, to what “worlds” do you have access? Are you their Alfred?
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