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Monday, August 25, 2014

Arranger -- Bringing People, Processes, and Productivity Together -- Theme Thursday Season 1

On the last Theme Thursday, we discussed the Arranger theme with Gallup Learning and Development Consultant, Mara Hoogerhuis. Mara’s top five strengths are Strategic, Maximizer, Relator, Responsibility, and Arranger. 

Arrangers are conductors. When faced with a complex situation involving many factors, people with strong Arranger talents enjoy managing all of the variables, aligning and realigning them until they are sure they have arranged them in the most productive configuration possible.

The Arranger theme is in the Executing domain, meaning that those who have high Arranger talents work tirelessly to implement a solution. They get things done by orchestrating, organizing, and facilitating the work of others. Arrangers are people of multiplicity, thriving on bringing together people, processes, and products to build productivity.

Curt Liesveld, Gallup Senior Learning and Development Consultant, compared Arranger to a similar theme, Achiever. He says that while Achievers are excellent at personal production, Arrangers get things done with and through other people. Curt then pointed out the contrasts between Arranger and Discipline. He noted that those with Arranger practice fluid, real-time planning, while those with Discipline are fixed, pre-planners.

When Mara facilitates strengths learning and development discussions, she asks participants to reach out to see if their strengths were apparent when they were young. Mara tried this herself, and found out that she was an Arranger as a child. She can remember articulately planning her birthday parties as a young girl, carefully preparing the party to make sure her guests had a great time together. 

How do you think your strengths played out when you were younger? Share your thoughts in the comments section below or on the Called to Coach Facebook page

To hear more about the Arranger theme and how people like Mara use it in their everyday lives, watch the full video above or the short theme video below.

Register now for the next Theme Thursday on Thursday, Aug. 128 at 1 p.m. EDT (-0400 GMT) when we will focus on the Includer theme. 

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