All Rationals are good at planning operations, but Masterminds are head and shoulders
above all the rest in contingency planning. Complex operations involve many steps or stages, one following another in a
necessary progression, and Masterminds are naturally able to grasp how each one leads to the next, and to prepare alternatives
for difficulties that are likely to arise any step of the way. Trying to anticipate every contingency, Masterminds never
set off on their current project without a Plan A firmly in mind, but they are always prepared to switch to Plan B or C
or D if need be.
Masterminds are rare, comprising no more than one to two percent of the population, and they are rarely encountered outside
their office, factory, school, or laboratory. Although they are highly capable leaders, Masterminds are not at all eager to take
command, preferring to stay in the background until others demonstrate their inability to lead. Once they take charge, however,
they are thoroughgoing pragmatists. Masterminds are certain that efficiency is indispensable in a well-run organization, and
if they encounter inefficiency -- any waste of human and material resources -- they are quick to realign operations and reassign
personnel. Masterminds do not feel bound by established rules and procedures, and traditional authority does not impress them,
nor do slogans or catchwords. Only ideas that make sense to them are adopted; those that don't, aren't, no matter who thought
of them. Remember, their aim is always maximum efficiency.
In their careers, Masterminds usually rise to positions of responsibility, for they work long and hard and are dedicated in
their pursuit of goals, sparing neither their own time and effort nor that of their colleagues and employees. Problem-solving
is highly stimulating to Masterminds, who love responding to tangled systems that require careful sorting out. Ordinarily,
they verbalize the positive and avoid comments of a negative nature; they are more interested in moving an organization
forward than dwelling on mistakes of the past.
Masterminds tend to be much more definite and self-confident than other Rationals, having usually developed a very strong
will. Decisions come easily to them; in fact, they can hardly rest until they have things settled and decided. But before
they decide anything, they must do the research. Masterminds are highly theoretical, but they insist on looking at all available
data before they embrace an idea, and they are suspicious of any statement that is based on shoddy research, or that is not
checked against reality.
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