We learned that the worker is the person who takes raw materials and uses their skills and experience to produce something that has more value than the individual input components.
The organizer is the worker who can see how a plethora of raw materials and possible outputs can be arranged so that the most possible work is done. An organizer is someone who will take many pieces of work and find a way to schedule the work, resources, meetings, trip to the hardware store. When they are done, they have been able to do more work than anyone thought possible.
When an organizer looks at what they are going to do with their work-day, they see a landscape of possibilities and paths that they can take. A worker might look at the work that needs to be done and dive into the first item that needs to be done. The worker adds value to one item and then moves on to the next. An organizer will look at the horizon and see that if they start with piece A, it will help them with task C. And if they do task B and D at the same time, it will give them education towards a future responsibility that they have only heard a rumour about so far.
Organizers are valuable people. If you listen to them describe what they plan to do, it isn’t a task list. Organizers will share about the connections that they make. They will talk about working on the donation reconciliation, which will feed into the bank rec. Task B is better because Task A is done.
You don’t have to be an organizer, but if you know one, pay attention to them. They will be able to tell you can be a better worker. Watch what they do and mimic their schedule. If you aren’t an organizer, you won’t be able to keep up because the landscape continually changes. But if you are trying to copy an organizer, you will see patterns and ways of working that you would have never considered before.
A worker uses their skill to add value to raw ingredients.
An organizer sees the big picture and arranges each piece of work to enhance the others.