Arranger: The Flexible Conductor

As we end the school year, our last #LOCCStrengths blog posts deal with the final two themes not yet discussed: Arranger and Achiever. Both are Executing themes. Today, we will look at the Arranger theme.

Arrangers are doers whose organizational abilities help to maximize productivity. They focus on creating processes and placing people so that tasks get completed. The outcome or product is important so they anticipate potential problems and plan with that in mind. Yet, they are also flexible, making them critical when change should be implemented.

He arranged his works in an eternal order, and their dominion for all generations; they neither hunger nor grow weary, and they do not cease from their labors.  - Sirach 16:27 (NRSVCE)

This passage beautifully captures the Arranger talent. The Arranger juggles schedules, details, materials, and people so that there will be staying power and longevity upon completion. Learn more about the Arranger strength in this Gallup Strengths Center video:

When looking for someone who needs to be able to manage change in the midst of multiple moving pieces, you should consider an Arranger.

One Size Does Not Fit All: Individualization

 Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

James 1:17 (NRSVCE)
Éducation chrétienne 30 – PC: Jackie Maloney

During this past school year, Mme Maloney’s Christian Ethics 30 class learned about their #LOCCStrengths and God given talents. As a result, they had the opportunity to work with Mrs. Caralynn Gidych, Superintendent of Learning. One of Mrs. Gidych’s top five themes is #Individualization. This theme is very evident in her work with students. She sees each student as a unique person created by God. She celebrates their diversity. She sees how their differences can work to make them better. She recognizes that the path for each student might have to be different. She encourages the staff she works with to personalize learning based on the distinct needs of each individual. Thank you Mrs. Gidych for helping students to know the words of Matthew:

“Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.”

Matthew 10:31 (RSVCE)

Individualization

Remember the deepest desire of the human heart is to belong … to be welcomed … to know you are seen and worthy of kindness.

Rachel Macy Stafford

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Can you be that one friend? Like the Includer theme, the Individualization theme talents allow for deep, unique connection. When I first read this blog post, I thought about those whose strengths include Individualization. This post is is a familiar experience for many of us. As summer approaches, we must remind ourselves that it can be a lonely time for many. I hope that this article ” Am I invisible? One mom’s pain-relieving response to being excluded” helps you to extend connection and kindness to those who need it this summer.

Rachel Macy Stafford is the bestselling author of three books: HANDS FREE MAMA, HANDS FREE LIFE, and ONLY LOVE TODAY. She is a certified special education teacher who helps people overcome distraction and perfection to live better and love more. For more: www.handsfreemama.com