Strengthsfinder has touched a nerve that is thumping, pounding, raging. We cannot get enough of this tool that channels our inner desires into meaningful work flows. StrengthsFinder makes us feel good and live productive lives.
The genius of Strengthfinder labels a lifelong attribute by which we see the world, carry out our responsibilities, or make a difference in another’s life. But what happens when one particular strength enhances another in a unique combination? You get a StrengthsFinder couplet. Consider what you have in a person that combines the themes of “woo” with “arranger.”
Woo: Winning Others Over
The person with Woo engages strangers, befriends colleagues, and gathers neighbors in an attempt to build temporal community, make people feel good, and accomplish an important task. Author Tom Rath in StrengthsFinder 2.0 says of Woo-holders, “in your world there are no strangers, only friends you haven’t met yet…” (page 169).
Arranger: Flexible Efficiency
Arrangers search for efficiency in their daily lives. They appear to be driven by perfection but we know that is only surface deep. Rather, arranger’s heartfelt desire is to be flexible, stay flexible, remain – flexible. Get it? [Come on, loosen up a little.] Rath states “you enjoy managing all of the variables, aligning and realigning them…” (page 53). Arrangers relish the opportunity.
Woo + Arranger = Someone Who Is Always in Control aka the Control Freak
What happens when you combine the StrengthsFinder themes of woo and arranger? You get a StrengthsFinder couplet that always enables you to be in control of a situation. It’s like super sizing at McDonalds, going from the person everyone likes to the person everyone needs. That’s job security. That’s the “control freak” couplet.
The woo + arranger constantly is on the lookout for a new way, a better way because he knows the next person around the corner will be the right person for whatever is needed. The woo side wins over the person while the arranger side feeds flexibility to determine a fresh outcome that no one else has considered before. Be careful what corners you turn because the woo/arranger has a plan for you.
The woo/arranger combination as a decision maker, human resource manager, or conscientious leader powerfully enables an organization to put the right people in the right circumstances at the right time to drive productivity to the next level. The results? A popular manager. An efficient operation. And a happy staff.