People strong 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.

  • Needs on a team:To design a plan
  • As a Leader: Configure for productivity
  • In Conflict: Are flexible 
  • Partner with: Anyone. 
  • Academic Advising:  loves to design their own educational plan – this student likes the challenge of creating their own major or mapping out their own courses and may need little help from an advisor to do that – provide the needed information, then get out of their way! – this is the student who will thrive in independent study courses, who probably would enjoy study abroad or taking courses from other universities –this is also an ideal Teaching Assistant for professors.

You can tell a person strong in Achiever by these attributes (source: Dr. Hulme, APU):

 Highly organized


Order out of chaos


Able to find the right combination of people and resources to get things done

At their best in dynamic situations, confronting the unexpected

A more detailed explanation from Gallup:

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.

The genius of your Arranger talent begins with what you can see and perceive. You can see patterns and perceive how things go together or could go together. Whereas most people only see things as isolated items, you see groupings and connections. The genius of your arranger perception comes to light in that you can take many different items, bits of information, factors, people, and/or events and then see patterns among and between them. This enables and empowers you to arrange items, facts and information, people, and the many things that must come together for successful events and activities. You are a genius at coordinating people and events because of your Arranger talent. Accordingly you can “multi-task” like few others. You can deal with chaotic situations by seeing how to combine and coordinate as you will see connections and linkages. But the ultimate genius of your Arranger talent is seen in what you do after you have completed a project. You go back and arrange and rearrange in your mind what you did. This results in increased effectiveness and efficiency each time you use your arranger talent. 

Action Plan Worksheet for Arranger


Worth Reading


Patrick Lencioni on the meetings


Go deeper

  • Using your strengths in school and college wth great ideas on building relationships, study techniques, class selection, and extra curricular activities. 

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