This Reasoning section is closely linked with the Data section. The Data section identifies an individual’s priorities or preferences (high and low) for ways of thinking, while the Reasoning section focuses on where, why, and how this thinking will most likely be applied. Just like the linkage between the Interest and Temperament sections, Data and Reasoning are coupled very tightly as well.

Robert is strongly motivated to apply thinking to the big picture through holistic ideas, concepts, options, and strategies. This does not mean, suggest, or imply that thinking is kept only in a holistic context but it does mean that the first and constant priority or preference for consideration and focus are on the big picture. (Example: Robert more likely prefers to be an executive rather than a manager, and more inclined to be a manager rather than a supervisor.) Considering how pieces of the picture are brought in to the big picture stimulates motivation for the activity.

Robert applies scientific/technical/logical thinking (to the fullest extent this ability exists) to identify, analyze, and solve challenges and/or problems; to collect data, establish facts, connect abstract and concrete variables, draw valid conclusions, determine appropriate action, devise strategies and systems to achieve objectives. (NOTE: This is engineering in the industrial and technical sense). Robert probably relates to the following quote as it illustrates this trait: “What marks the mind of the strategist is an intellectual elasticity or flexibility that enables him to come up with realistic responses to changing conditions…In strategic thinking, one first seeks a clear understanding of the particular character of each element of a situation and then makes the fullest possible use of human brainpower to restructure the elements in the most advantageous way.” (Keniche Ohmae, The Mind of the Strategist)

Robert is motivated and perhaps even mentally equipped for troubleshooting: to recognize or otherwise identify problems or developing problems in familiar operational or procedural areas; to tackle problems with intent to solve the problems and restore function to former levels or better. (NOTE: This requires onsite familiarity with those operations, a sense or suspicion of where things might or could break down, and savvy about ways to fix the problem).

Depending on the situation, Robert generally prefers simple, routine tasks in a familiar environment. This preference of Robert’s is probably limited to hearing or reading exactly what was meant and doing as instructed. (NOTE: This is a good trait for operational, administrative, or clerical activities. {In fast-food establishments for example, it is essential.}) Three kinds of persons typically have issues with this kind of job: 1) Those who don’t hear (sometimes won’t hear) or remember specific instructions, 2) those who feel entitled or licensed to do it some other way, and 3) those who simply cannot, for many reasons, “keep their nose to the grindstone” in such basic, routine tasks.

For Robert, natural preferences can comfortably adapt to get into the “swing of things” and “go with the flow.” Becoming synchronized with operational flow can be the result of many trait combinations, the most likely being mechanical savvy, attachment to the familiar, and attention to detail, plus certain social traits at even low motivational levels. It is likely that Robert is motivated in methodical, thorough, and routine activities as long as those activities are a necessary part of interests with stronger motivational levels. (Note: Many people like methodical, meticulous, routine activities as a break or departure from vocational activities that call for constant change, variety, quick decisions, risk, etc.)

Given the vocational task, Robert’s motivational level is adequate to participate where understanding of operational aspects of systems, procedures, and/or maintenance is required. Because Robert has only motivation for an activity that is based on repetition (in both function and time), it is likely that tenure will not be for the long haul unless Robert seeks, needs, or enjoys stability and routine. (NOTE: Motivation doesn’t guarantee the ability or talent just as aptitude for an activity doesn’t guarantee the motivation).