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People exceptionally talented in the Context theme enjoy thinking about the past. They understand the present by researching its history. Perspective and background are important for people with strong Context talents. They become wiser about the future because they can see its seeds sown in the past.
Moses is the father of historians. He records the creation story, the Garden of Eden, and man's fall. His book of Genesis is all history. He follows Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph. He gives detailed information about their lives and God's dealing with them.Read more
People who are especially talented in the Arranger theme can organize, but they also have a flexibility that compliments this ability. They like to figure out how all of the pieces and resources can be arranged for maximum productivity.
As an educator you have the instructional ability to easily prepare lesson plans in different ways. You may find yourself arranging and rearranging your classroom for maximum input on learning. (You may also have a messy desk from arranging activities for your students, staff, parents and school!)
Arrangers are often thought of as a conductor, director or juggler. But it can also be the person who is holding a dozen ping pong balls underwater all at the same time! In the chaos you can see all of the moving pieces and make beauty of it...and it all happens in real time. (Many times this occurs without you even thinking about it. It just happens!)
What can you do to strengthen this theme?
* Look for opportunities where productivity is king!
* Work with a partner that can keep you on track to where you are going.
* Balance your workload. Identify the most important tasks based on deadlines and difficulty.
* Schedule breaks to clear your mind. Check on other projects, make phone calls, etc.
* Create opportunities for group members to teach each other.
* Suggest independent study course option to your administration. Design your own curriculum.
What if I have a student/child with this theme?
* Find situations where they can be places where there are many things going on at the same time.
* Ask them for assistance when positioning other students for group projects. Let them help you figure out how each person's strengths might be the greatest value to the team.
* Make sure you coordinate study time so that you can fit extracurricular activities into your schedule, too!
Start to actively think about your Arranger. When you can start naming times you are working within this talent, you can start working it out to create a Strength! Questions to think about:
* When has your Arranger really worked for you? Why was it successful?
* What have you gotten done this week? What did people say about your work? How was it honored?
Be reminded. Be Purposeful.
Rock Your Strengths!
In researching this theme, Nehemiah's name came up quite a bit.
Gallup's definition of Arranger is: People who are especially talented in the Arranger theme can organize, but they also have the flexibility that compliments this ability. They like to figure out how all of the pieces and resources can be arranged for maximum productivity.
Arrangers are known as people who can hold a dozen ping pong balls underwater at the same time. As an orchestra leader, they see music in the chaos of many instruments, people and personality types.
It is an Executing theme. People with dominant Executing themes know how to make things happen. They hunger for getting things done.
What an Arranger wants: "I am going to touch every gear and collaboratively move us forward. I might want to tweak things, not because I'm unhappy, but I think it will be more efficient."
Nehemiah: Few people are familiar with the Biblical figure Nehemiah. But he was instrumental in the rebuilding and reestablishment of Jerusalem in the fifth century BC following the Babylonian exile.
In 586 BC, Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonian army captured the Jews. Jerusalem was destroyed, the walls were knocked down, and the temple was burned. The people were deported and were forced into slavery and Jerusalem was left in ruins.
In 445/444 BC, Nehemiah was the cup-bearer to the king. After hearing the sad state of affairs of Judah, he had asked King Artaxerxes for permission to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the city. He was given permission and the king even sent him with letters to ensure safe passage and to obtain timber from the king's forest for the gates and walls of Jerusalem.
When he arrived, he surveyed the damage to the entire city (Nehemiah 2:12-15). Then he got to work enlisting the help of the people to quickly repair the breaches in the wall.
Among many things he did, he also:
* replenished resources, assessed the need, recruited workers, inspired confidence, and handled opposition.
* set up guards to defend against the constant thread of their enemies that surrounded the city.
* made nobles and officials forgive all outstanding debts and ordered them to return all land and money that had been taken as taxes so the people would be able to feed themselves and their families.
* made a record and genealogy of all the nobles, officials and people who were living in Judah.
Chapter 3 of Nehemiah is a chapter that is often skipped over. He was able to mobilize and empower over 43 separate groups of people for the rebuilding. He pointed them to the purpose of their work- the glory of God. They weren't just working on walls, they were worshipping God! This chapter shows how the people were working side-by-side.
Things to think about:
- How many different things do you have going on right now? You like to juggle, but make sure the volume you are doing is manageable.
- Volunteer on teams that need multitasks.
- In Bible study, pay attention to stories of how God and others “find a better way”.
Two years ago I lost my job and found myself, for the first time since I was 20 years old, looking for a job. I suppose I had never really had a "job" in the 25 years of me being employed because it rarely felt like work. I was a teacher! I began my career teaching blind students. We learned all kinds of things from each other. I taught them how to become filmmakers and they taught me to stop and listen for my Mom's footsteps when she came into the house, they taught me to not rush eating my lunch because each item had a different texture and flavor...basically ... I taught them math, reading and writing, and they taught me about LIFE!
Then I went on to teach for actors Will and Jada Pinkett Smith. I taught their children as well as all of the most amazing children in our village. Again, I taught movie making, music composition ... and they taught me about the ins and outs of being a celebrity. I learned about keeping kids safe while expanding their worlds. I learned about joy and sorrow.
And when that school closed, I figured I would just go right back to my public school and start teaching there again. Wrong! There were a few problems...1) I had 25 years of experience in a classroom...they were only accepting 3. 2) I had too much education and masters...they wanted teachers with none, so they didn't have to pay them as much.
So the very thing that I knew, breathed and identified my entire career with, was suddenly gone. My Focus had nothing to Focus on. I had nothing to Achieve or Learn. And there's nothing more sad than Positivity on a depressed day.
I'm sure my husband was a little worried, so he tried to help by finding me jobs to apply for. He found on, in particular, that he thought I'd be great for. It wasn't really my "thing" (whatever that was anymore), but I went. I got dressed up, drove to LA and had a pretty good interview...until they asked me this question: "What sets you apart from the other candidates?"
(Hmmm... I have no idea. Who are they? What are they like?) All of my attention was immediately drawn to a group of people that I had never met or didn't know anything about. I was tongue tied.
After I left that interview, here's what my thoughts were: "That will NEVER happen to me again. Because I KNOW who I am! I just want to run right back up those steps and give them my REAL answer!" ....And you know what that real answer would have been??? Here's what it would have sounded like had I marched back in the building:
"You know, I don't know who the other candidates are, but even without knowing them, I can definitely tell you what sets me apart from them.
#1 I am an Achiever. That means I work hard and have a great deal of stamina. I take great satisfaction in being productive. My inner drive to accomplish things is intense, full of energy and has an incredible work ethic to get it done, and get it done right.
But that's not all! I am also a Learner and have a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve. If there are new things to learn, you will have just lit my mind on fire of possibilities of the things I can enjoy learning. And I love to learn with teams of people!
#3 I have Focus. I can take direction, follow through and make the necessary corrections to stay on task. I prioritize then act. This can look intense at times, especially when paired with my Achiever. If there is a goal that needs to be met, I will do my best to get it done. I am persistent, dependable and follow-through.
#4 My Positivity colors my world. It touches all that I do. I use this talent to cheer myself up when I'm in the midst of a long, and difficult task, and also to cheer up others around me. I have a lot of energy and enthusiasm. The glass is always half full.
And last, I have Woo. Woo is Winning Others Over. There is no greater joy than meeting new people and winning them over. I love to break the ice and make connections with other people. In this position, if you need to bring social energy to a room, I'm your girl!
If I had said those words, like I wanted to, after I left, It wouldn't have mattered if they hired me or not. Because I would have told them exactly who I was. And if that's not what they were looking for, it wouldn't bother me. But, seriously, who wouldn't want someone who can work hard, focus on learning everything there is to learn about new things, then bringing people in to celebrate all the work that the company had accomplished....and ALL with a good attitude!!?
My point is this. Know. Your. Strengths. Know them well enough that when you are in an interview, and your prospective employer asks what makes you different from all the others...you will HAVE an answer!
Have a ready answer when someone asks you about your Strengths. Be able to articulate them. Practice! (Yep, sounds weird, but when you are in the moment, you'll be so happy you have a ready answer! You never know when those opportunities will pop up in your life. Be prepared for them!)
Rock Your Strengths!
(And let me know when you get that job so we can all celebrate with you!) Oh, what job did I end up getting? I worked for Discovery, Google and Apple as an education consultant, I started my own Strengths business and now am working on marketing a brand new skincare line! I'm also the worship leader at my church, mother of 2 almost grown daughters and wife to a pastor. Basically, I'm retired now! Retired...because I only do things now that I am completely passionate about! It's just how I like it!