Arranger: Configuring for Productivity

A CliftonStrengths Theme Spotlight

"People exceptionally talented in the Arranger theme can organize, but they also have a flexibility that compliments this ability. They like to determine how all of the pieces and resources can be arranged for maximum productivity." -The Gallup Organization

The Talents of People High in Arranger

People high in the Arranger theme tend to thrive in dynamic working environments because they are at their best when initiating and managing change. Like a maestro orchestrating the performance of several players, an Arranger has the ability to manage a lot of moving parts at once.

If you've got a mature Arranger theme, it's likely others would describe you as very efficient and resourceful. Your ability to align and realign tasks to find the most productive configuration possible means your team and workplace is more adaptable and responsive to the needs of the moment.

Arrangers typically love to work on complicated and multifaceted projects. Whether it's an interior designer arranging a space, an HR director positioning people in their respective roles, or an accountant managing a complicated financial situation, Arrangers are at their best when determining the most productive way to organize resources.

One of our clients with a dominant Arranger theme was responsible for project management and scheduling appointments. When speaking about her Arranger theme, she said:

"I'm always thinking about ways to use time more efficiently. If someone cancels an appointment, I'm immediately trying to figure out how to redeem the lost time and move other things around so we're back to an organized stretch of time."

The Temptations for People High in Arranger

Because people high in the Arranger theme are flexible and ready to reconfigure at any moment, they can sometimes struggle to establish and maintain structure in their working environments. At times they can create additional or unnecessary complexity for themselves or others, or lack an overall vision because of their tendency to constantly change priorities.

Sometimes they are difficult to follow because of their frequent realignments and adjustments, and if they don't learn to communicate well about their need for efficiency and interactivity, others can perceive them as "never satisfied" or as needlessly changing the plan at the last minute.

Sometimes Arrangers will report that they get bored quickly if they are asked to work on a long-term project that doesn't have a lot of moving parts. At times this can make them complicate projects or initiatives beyond what the team can manage.

Arrange Your Resources

Here are a couple of quick ideas to get you thinking about how to leverage and self-regulate if you've got a dominant Arranger theme:

  1. Offer to help when a project is getting off the ground, as you will have eyes to see how all the pieces and resources can work together most efficiently and productively.

  2. Before you make a big change, ask a colleague high in a Relationship Building theme like Individualization, Empathy, or Developer how the change will affect those around you. Their insights about people can prove helpful as you decide how to move forward.

  3. When leading others through realignment or change, make sure you are very open about your thought processes and your reasoning. Without a coherent vision, your followers will struggle to keep up with your frequent adjustments.

At ROI Talent Development, we try to help people fall in love with every single talent theme, even if it isn't dominant in their own theme sequence. Because when we all take the time to understand and appreciate one another, we build happy and healthy workplaces where employee talents are valued and developed.

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