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An Introduction to the Arranger® CliftonStrengths Theme

Looking to learn more about Arranger? Whether you want to know more about how to use your Arranger theme to succeed, or how to help someone harness theirs, you've come to the right place.

What Is the Definition of Arranger?

Arranger and the rest of the CliftonStrengths themes are comprised of natural talents that Gallup has identified through decades of research.

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

People complete the CliftonStrengths assessment to learn which of the 34 themes, like Arranger, are strongest in them.

The following theme description highlights the thoughts, feelings and behaviors you are likely to experience if you have strong Arranger:

You are a conductor. When faced with a complex situation involving many factors, you enjoy managing all of the variables, aligning and realigning 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 awe of your ability. "How can you keep so many things in your head at once?" they will ask. "How can you stay so flexible, so willing to shelve well-laid plans in favor of some brand-new 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 accomplish 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 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 -- because, after all, there might just be a better way.

Arranger is a theme in the Executing domain of CliftonStrengths.

People with dominant Executing themes like Arranger make things happen.

Each of the 34 CliftonStrengths sort to one of four domains -- Executing, Influencing, Relationship Building and Strategic Thinking. These domains help you understand how to use individual CliftonStrengths to succeed when you join, create or lead a team.

Learn more about the CliftonStrengths domains

How to Better Understand Your Arranger Theme

Making the most of your Arranger talents starts with gaining valuable insights into what you naturally do best.

How people with strong Arranger talents describe themselves:

  • "I am comfortable with lots of moving parts."
  • "I need a dynamic environment."
  • "I love initiating and managing necessary change."
  • "I hate resistance to necessary change."
  • "I bring flexibility and interactivity."

How to Apply Your Arranger to Succeed

The most successful people invest in their strongest talents. The only way to develop your Arranger talents is to use them every day -- at work, at home and everywhere else. The following are a few ideas for how to apply your Arranger to achieve your goals:

Work With Arranger: Be sure to keep track of ongoing deadlines for your many tasks, projects, and obligations. Although you enjoy the chance to juggle lots of activities, others with less powerful Arranger talents may become anxious if they don't see you working on their projects frequently. Inform them of your progress to ease their fears.

Lead With Arranger: You are flexible in the way you organize people, as well as in how you configure space. Figure out how you can improve workflow by rearranging spaces and/or procedures to maximize efficiency and to free up time for you and for others.

Live With Arranger: Give people time to understand your way of doing things when you present it to them. Your mental juggling is instinctive, but others might find it difficult to break with existing procedures. Take the time to clearly explain why your way can be more effective.

Check out our in-depth videos from Gallup experts for more ways to use Arranger to make the most of your potential.


Managing Team Members With Strong Arranger Talents

Discovering the collective talents of your team using the CliftonStrengths assessment is just the first step.

To successfully manage or lead others, you must individualize your approach. You must understand what makes each of your team members unique. And you must lead meaningful conversations about performance that focus on what each person naturally does best.

Gallup's research in the bestseller It's the Manager proves that this strengths-based approach to being a coach, not a boss, is essential to leading a high-performance team.

Read the following example of how you can help team members develop and apply strong Arranger talents to succeed in their roles.

An Example of Managing Team Members With Arranger:
  • When you launch a project, work with them to select and position the members of the project team. People with high Arranger talents are good at figuring out how each person's strengths might add the most value to the team.

For more examples of how to use a strengths-based approach to guide your team to success, check out the CliftonStrengths Resource Guide for Managers.

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Use the CliftonStrengths Assessment to Discover More About Arranger

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How Strong Are Your Arranger Talents?

Purchase CliftonStrengths 34 to reveal your complete unique talent profile and learn just how strong your Arranger talents are. You'll get personalized insights into your CliftonStrengths results and ideas for maximizing your potential.

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How to Work With Others With Strong Arranger Talents

Gallup offers resources and products you can use to help others succeed by developing their Arranger theme and all their CliftonStrengths.