I teach an online class at Fresno Pacific University on "Teach With Your Strengths!" (http://tinyurl.com/twysfresno) One of the assignments I give my students is the choice to represent their Top 5 in an art form. Here are two pieces I got in this week.
This one was done by an art teacher in Ohio. Her top 5 are Arranger, Maximizer, Adaptability, Positivity and Empathy. She used her talents in this way to create this art:
* Arranger- organizing her design and color scheme.
* Maximizer- creating art that inspires people to be creative instead of saying, "I could never do that." She also worked on creating art that was completely in straight lines, never repeating the exact same color.
* Adaptability- She created this art in many stages, constantly having to tape off and retape pieces to add more colors. These short term goals helped her to stay focused on the task.
* Positivity- the colors! They are vidid and the subject matter is abstract.
* Empathy- reflected when the viewer observes her painting. It gives voice to the creativity and does not overwhelm the viewer with techniques that they cannot emulate.
Here is another:
This was done by a science teacher in New Mexico. She weaved all of her themes through the image- each touching each other, becoming the fabric of her life!
How would YOU draw YOUR Top 5?
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”.
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?"
This theme loves initiating and managing necessary change. They need a dynamic environment where they can work effectively and efficiently trough others. They do not like resistance to necessary change.
Imagine a maestro, orchestrating many various instruments and rhythms in order to create a beautiful piece of music.
People who are especially talented in the Arranger theme can organize, but they also have a flexibility that complements this ability. They like to figure out how all of the pieces and resources can be arranged for maximum productivity.