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Comparing, Contrasting Arranger With Other Talent Themes

Comparing, Contrasting Arranger With Other Talent Themes

by Albert L. Winseman, D.Min.
Comparing, Contrasting Arranger With Other Talent Themes

When I was very young, I used to watch the Ed Sullivan Show with my parents and grandparents. Other than Topo Gigio, the Italian mouse puppet, the recurring act that fascinated me most was the man who spun the plates on the tall sticks while the music of Khachaturian's "Russian Sabre Dance" played in the background. How many could he spin? Would any of them drop? The drama and the tension just kept building!

That's the image I have for Arranger -- an image that stresses out most people, but energizes and excites those with strong Arranger talents. Arrangers like complexity, intricacy, motion, and configuring people and systems for optimum results. Arranger is a way of getting things done -- a flexible organizational mindset, if you will, that maximizes productivity.

In this installment of Compare and Contrast, I examine the similarities and differences between Arranger and Adaptability, Connectedness and Includer.

Arranger and Adaptability

There are a lot of similarities between Arranger and Adaptability. Both have an innate flexibility to them. Both are quick to modify their approaches when faced with change. Both have an ability to concentrate on the task at hand. But while Adaptability tends to be predominantly reactive, Arranger has the capacity to be primarily proactive coupled with the ability to react quickly to changing circumstances -- and then proactively create a new plan that accounts for the new reality. Arranger will often instigate change in order to address a new situation or new information; Adaptability is quick to respond to changes in circumstances. Those with strong Adaptability will readily implement the changes in systems and processes created by those with strong Arranger. Arranger anticipates the implications for the here and now that changes in direction necessitate -- and plans accordingly. Adaptability is energized by changes in direction and responds accordingly.

Arranger and Connectedness

Both Arranger and Connectedness have a strong team/other/relationship aspect to them. But with this common aspect comes a difference in perspective between the two. Connectedness is fascinated with and senses the inherent integration of all reality; Arranger is Focused on organizing and positioning people, systems, and processes for maximum productivity. Arranger coordinates the performance of a group, while Connectedness recognizes and celebrates the existence of a group. Those with Connectedness in their Top 5 intuitively know that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts; those with Arranger in their Top 5 intuitively know how to position each part so that the whole functions more effectively and efficiently. Both Arranger and Connectedness are essentially "if … then ..." themes. But Connectedness sees this from a philosophical perspective while Arranger sees it from a productivity perspective.

Arranger and Includer

Similar to Connectedness, both Includer and Arranger have a strong group orientation. Both are concerned with what is going on with the group, and how each member fits into the team. However, Arranger is focused on getting each member in the right role to maximize team production -- while Includer is focused on what each member contributes to the relationship and thinking of the team. Arranger coordinates the performance of a group; Includer is sensitive to exclusion from the group. Arranger doesn't necessarily want to ensure that all voices are heard -- Arranger wants maximum productivity. Includer wants to insure that all voices heard, because that will contribute to maximum productivity. Arranger is a way of Executing; Includer is a way of Relating.

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Al Winseman's Top 5 CliftonStrengths are Ideation, Futuristic, Maximizer, Strategic and Command.

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