Strengths Insights Part 20: Arranger
Welcome to Part 20 of the Strengths Insight Series. Each week we look at a different Strength from the Gallup StrengthsFinder® framework. Reading these posts will give you an insight into those you work and live with.
Arranger – A strength theme in the Executing Domain
You are a conductor. When faced with a complex situation involving many factors, you enjoy managing all the variables, aligning them until you are sure you have arranged them in the most productive configuration possible. In your mind there is nothing special about what you are doing. You are simply trying to figure out the best way to get things done. But others, lacking this theme, will be in aware of your ability. “How can you keep so many things in your head at once?” they will ask. “How can you be so flexible, so willing to shelve well laid plans in favour of some brand you configuration that has just occurred to you?” But you cannot imagine behaving in any other way. You are a shining example of effective flexibility, whether you are changing travel schedules at the last minute because a better fare has popped up, or mulling over just the right combination of people and resources to work on a new project. From the mundane to the complex you are always looking for the perfect configuration. Of course, you are at your best in dynamic situations. Confronted with the unexpected, some complain that plans devised with such care cannot be readily changed. While others take refuge in the existing rules or procedures, you don’t do either. Instead, you jump into the confusion, devising new options, hunting for new paths of least resistance and figuring out new partnerships. Afterall, there might just be a better way.
The framework, “The Evolution of an Idea” helps leaders and managers to build a team of diverse and complimentary people. In essence an organisation’s purpose is to reveal and develop ideas into valuable service to mankind. The framework helps people fit-in so their contribution is valued.
The strength theme Arranger is particularly useful for the people involved in change. These are the Rationalisers and Refiners. These steps of the evolution of an idea need people who are inclined to be disruptive. They are always looking from different perspectives, wondering how a situation could be improved. In other steps in The Evolution of an Idea, like forming community, (Host) delivering value, (Producer) and protecting that value, (Protector) people with too much Arranger strength are unhelpful.
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Tips for maximising the value of your Arranger Strength.
- Seek complex, dynamic work environments in which there are fewer routines.
- Keep a list of suggestion of how your work environment could be improved. You might have ot be judicious in sharing it. Choose your audience and timing carefully.
- Develop strategies for getting things done. Experiment with new ideas.
- Learn what the people you work with want to achieve. Let them know you are thinking for them, to help them achieve their goals with greater ease.
- Accept projects like organising a conference that requires you to respond to complex variables.
- Explain to your colleagues that although it may look like your priorities change, they don’t at the higher level. Your principles will largely remain the same, in fact your principles will probably be the foundation that keeps you moving steadily forward.
- Allow people time to catch up with your thinking. Your thinking probably takes quantum leaps. Not everyone can do this. Most have to form bridges of logic and experience to comprehend the value of the changes you can see instinctively.
Managing people who have Arranger in their Top 5 Strengths.
- This person will thrive on responsibility. Give him as much as you are able, considering his knowledge and skills.
- He may be a good manager or supervisor where he can figure out how to best deploy each person’s strengths.
- Allow him to influence strategy for a new initiative.
- He thrives on complexity and situations that require what is commonly referred to as multitasking.
- He can be resourcesful. He may be good in situations that are not working well.
- Understand that his modus operandi for team building is through trust and relationships. He may reject someone who he believes is careless or dishonest.
How many NZers have Arranger in their Top 5?
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