Cascade Connection -Issue 10

Cascade Connection -Issue 10

Cascade connection theme insights discovery cardsHow do you enter client themes into Cascade?

Welcome to the November edition of the Cascade Connection. This month we launch two new services to make your life easier, we reveal a little more about the new version of Cascade and have a special offer for Black Friday.

When the export file from the Gallup Strengths Center is not available, entering the client themes into Cascade can become very tedious. To help, we are launching two new offerings. They will save you time, reduce the hassle and increase accuracy.

Save Time when Entering Client Themes

enter client themes Gallup PDF spreadsheet cascade strengths reportTaking a Gallup report, we can scan the contents and produce a small spreadsheet with the theme information, ready to paste into Cascade. We have templates for the Strengths Insight Guide, the Theme Sequence Report, the Signature Themes Reports and the new CliftonStrengths® 34 Report.

This is particularly helpful if you are preparing for a workshop where you did not supply the codes for the CSF assessment. Don’t enter the client themes manually, just send us a batch of reports. Let us do the boring bit for you.

The more reports you send, the cheaper the price per person.

Extract Themes from a Gallup Access Team Grid

Team Grid export Gallup Access Excel spreadsheet cascade strengthsSimilarly, we can take a PDF of the Team Grid from Gallup Access and extract the themes for each person. As currently there is no export feature in Gallup Access, this can save a lot of time.

Send us a PDF of the Team Grid and we can return a small spreadsheet with all the themes to paste into Cascade.

More information about The PDF Export and the Team Grid Export services are available in our shop.

CliftonStrengths 34 Report

Cascade My 34 theme report strengthsfinder chartThe new CliftonStrengths 34 Report offers a lot of depth to help clients explore their 34 themes. To help summarise the information from the 25 pages, several coaches also supply the My 34 Theme Report in Cascade. The one-page visual representations of their theme distribution can add further insights at a glance.

Looking Ahead with Cascade

A lot of work is underway to bring you the next version of Cascade. The aim is to make it more intuitive and easier to use. In addition to the features mentioned last month, here are some more benefits.

  • The Team Grid is stepping up to a new level, offering new features and display options.
  • We are also introducing One Click printing and simplifying the way to create PDFs for individual reports.
  • The Personal Insights page will have an option to show the Metaphors and Barrier Labels.
  • The reports will feature the revised theme and domain descriptions Gallup launched this month.

Most of the new features will only be available with the Bonus Pack. To reflect the additional value of the Bonus Pack, we will be increasing its price by £10 (about $13 or €11) in December. Those already with the Bonus pack do not need to do anything. However, if you don’t yet have the Bonus Pack, now is a good time to get it. Click here for more information.

Would you like to help test the new version of Cascade before the launch? If you have an eye for detail and are able to review some of the new features, please Contact Us.

Testing Cascade on the recently released Office 2019 is not identifying any issues. However, we are noticing some errors with the Mac Mojave release when creating PDFs. See the piece below for details.

Creating PDFs with Mac Mojave

The recent Mojave update for Mac, version 10.14 has new security features. There are additional steps if you want to create PDFs from Cascade to grant permission to the folders. Without these steps, you may experience Error 75 or Error 1004.

See the support article Creating PDFs with Mac Mojave for more information.

Thank you to John, Florence, Emma and Deon for your help in testing and refining the workaround.

How far would you go to get a Coach?

need a coach richard sterry and becky hammondThis week I am honored to be included in Becky Hammond’s latest podcast series as she explores my strengths story.

She asks such great questions and discovers how my strengths have changed my life. Listen to the 30-minute podcast here

Black Friday Special

Cascade Friday discountThank you for reading this far and we have a special offer for Black Friday. We are giving away a 10% discount on ALL our products!

Use the coupon code BLACK at the Checkout. This offer is only valid for Friday 23rd November 2018 and cannot be used with any other offer.

Please share this with your friends or upgrade your Cascade with the Bonus Pack or the Go Large module.

Next Issue

Next time we will reveal more about the new version of Cascade. To receive an email notification of the next Cascade Connection, sign up here.

If you have any questions, please just ask.

Cascade Connection – Issue 9

Cascade Connection – Issue 9

Cascade connection theme insights discovery cardsHow do you use the Cascade Spark Chart?

Welcome to the October edition of the Cascade Connection. We take a closer look at the Cascade Spark Chart and explore how it can enhance a workshop. Also, discover what is on the horizon for Cascade with new time-saving features.

Spark of Inspiration

Cascade spark chart strengthsfinder image graph visualThe Cascade Spark Chart visually represents the shape of a team. All the 34 CliftonStrengths® themes sit on the outside of the circle, in quadrants of the four domains. The longer the sparkline, the more people in the team have that theme.

The Spark Chart shows the intensity and distribution of the themes individually and by Domain. Comparing the Spark Charts from several teams can reveal how they differ. In addition to the theme distribution across the Domains; one team may have a wide spread of themes – lots of short lines – while another may have very specific dominant themes – a few long lines.

The Cascade Spark Chart is available as a report on it own or with the Bonus Pack, it is part of the Team Summary report. Depending on the choice in the Team Grid, the Spark Chart will show the top 5 or top 10 themes for the team.

Following the Spark Chart concept, there is a Personal Spark for an individual in the My 34 report.

Four Needs of Followers

As the executive director of ASSP, Jennifer McNelly, a Gallup-certified coach, is leveraging Cascade to better engage staff, volunteer leaders and her Board of Directors. It all starts with understanding the needs of followers and Cascade helps communicate those needs.

‘Just off a week of Leadership Development anchored in Strengths and wanted to share a few visuals I shared with my Board from Cascade. After the initial session, I leveraged Cascade to help them understand that leadership is a two-way street. To lead, you need followers, including staff. The visual when just looking at themselves helped to identify their needs. When I switched to talk about the needs of followers, a member of the Board had their “Ah Ha” moment on the connection between their role and staff. It was super cool!’

Cascade Spark Chart compare team strengths Gallup strengthsfinder

In addition, there is the ‘Leadership’ worksheet in the Theme Advantage page of Cascade. It helps leaders see how they can use their themes to their advantage when providing the four needs of followers. Trust, Stability, Compassion and Hope.

Looking Ahead with Cascade

Over 500 coaches across 39 different countries are now benefiting from Cascade. As the Cascade Community grows, we appreciate all your support and feedback.

Responding to your ideas and comments, we have lots to offer in the months ahead.

  • To simplify navigation, we are creating a new Home screen that will provide a central dashboard to drive all the report pages. It will have a fresher look and be more intuitive for ease of use. Several new timesaving features will help streamline the production of the reports.
  • The reports will be easier to print for Top 5, Top 10 or Top 15 themes. Multiple page reports will appear in one PDF file or can be printed on both sides of the paper.
  • We are in the final negotiations with Gallup to offer the Cascade reports in alternative languages. This will include French (European), Spanish (European) and Spanish (Latin American).

As you would expect, all these new features require quite a bit of technical development. We are beavering away to hopefully release the new version by the end of the year.

We are also continuing to test Cascade on Office 2019, released in September. So far the results are looking promising.

Cascade Support Hub

Last month we launched the Support hub with answers to many of your questions. We will build on this to include sections for each of the report pages. The aim is for you to find answers to issues and discover useful features. There is a search box in the right sidebar to quickly find the right information.

Feedback and Reviews

Spending our time deep inside Cascade, we have not been very vocal recently on the social media channels. Please continue to share how Cascade is helping you with your coaching as the Strengths Movement expands. Feel free to Like or leave a review on our Facebook page, alternatively post a testimonial on our website.

Next Issue

Next time we will reveal more details about the new features for Cascade. To receive an email notification of the next Cascade Connection, sign up here.

Thank you, Jennifer McNelly, for sharing your workshop experience in this edition.

If you have any questions, please just ask.

Cascade Connection – Issue 8

Cascade Connection – Issue 8

Cascade connection theme insights discovery cardsIn the September edition of the Cascade Connection, we take a closer look at the Personal Insights report in Cascade. There is a new way to get answers to frequent questions and we are seeking feedback from Strengths Twins.
A special welcome to those who have recently joined the Cascade Community.

Issue 8

Personal Insights Report

Cascade strengths finder theme insights Gallup discovery cards One of the popular individual reports is the Personal Insights page. Reproduced under our License Agreement with Gallup, it contains the information from the Theme Insight and Theme Discovery cards. Gathering the content for a person’s top 5 themes, it creates a powerful one-page summary. This is an excellent takeaway after a workshop or coaching session.

Some coaches laminate the Personal Insights and the Bring / Need reports back to back, making a longer lasting memento.

Increase Connection

Brenda Bernstof from Tennessee, USA describes how she uses the Personal Insight report.

I use the theme insights to help people really connect with their dominant themes. As they work through the descriptive words, what each theme will be – internally, what each theme does – action-oriented, the value they bring, the needs they have to function really well in that theme, the motivators, and demotivators, they identify themselves very well with that theme and begin to understand why some things are important to them and others are not. They can see why they are who they are and why they do what they do. 

The Theme Comparisons on the insight page are very useful to clarify differences between themes – not that one is right and the other is wrong – they simply clarify differences in a comparative theme.’

Power Paragraph

Karen Weigel from Cultivate 2 Conquer in Alexandria MN, USA writes.

In Cascade, there is a snapshot of Strengths [Personal Insights report] you can use for each client. That snapshot has columns for descriptive words, the role I play, the value I bring, who I am, what I bring…etc. I make my clients do a Power Paragraph about themselves using those descriptive words from their snapshot. It’s super awesome!!

So for example, my top 5 strengths are Positivity, Empathy, Activator, Relator & Developer. My power paragraph looks like this:

Power Paragraph Karin Weigel

Have them do a paragraph now, then at your next session have them do a new one! Each time the paragraph gets bigger and more descriptive as they learn more about their special strengths in motion!!

I tell them to OWN their awesomeness!! They really love the exercise. We rarely tell ourselves how awesome we are!’

Feedback from Karin’s clients include

We rarely think about ourselves in terms of strengths and what we bring to a team! This is amazing insight! Not only for us individually but collectively!
Thank you for making us do this exercise and having us OWN our uniqueness!
I am framing this and putting in my kitchen so my family knows what a Rock Star I am!
From a Manager: ‘The way you describe and see yourselves is powerful and insightful and these will be posted in our gathering room!

Cascade Support Hub

Cascade strengths support help questions answers FAQ KBIn response to the number of questions arriving about Cascade, we are launching a Support hub with a host of helpful information. Divided into sections, there are answers to questions like;

Will Cascade run on my Computer?
How can I import themes from the Gallup Strengths Center?
Can I insert a report into PowerPoint?
How can I email people with a certain theme?

Do make use of the information available and let us know what other questions you would like us to cover. In time we will delve into some of the more complicated pages in Cascade to help you make the most of the features. The Support Hub replaces the previous Q&A page of the website.

Receiving Cascade Updates

As the number of people using Cascade nears 500, we need to find more stable and efficient ways to distribute the updates.

Previously, we sent the Cascade file out as a bulky email attachment. Increasingly, the emails found themselves in the Junk folder or were blocked completely by corporate firewalls. To create a more reliable service, we are now sending out links which will download the Cascade file. You will be able to click on the link and save the Cascade file to your computer. What is more, the name of the link will not change, so when there is an update to Cascade, you can click on the same link to receive the latest file.

Feedback and Reviews

Thank you for all your conversations about Cascade on the Facebook groups, we really appreciate your support. Do share how Cascade is making a difference for you and your clients. Please take a moment to Like or leave a review on our Facebook page, alternatively post a testimonial on our website.

Have you found your Strengths Twin?

We are not far off discovering 100 pairs of Strengths Twins. Do you have a story or a quote we can use to share in a post about Strengths Twins? How did it feel when you first spoke to your Strengths Twin? What have you discovered? How has this helped you?

Please email or Contact Us with anything we can share.

To register your interest in finding your Strengths Twin, visit strengthstwins.com

Next Issue

Next time we will talk about some of the new features coming soon with Cascade. To receive an email notification of the next Cascade Connection, sign up here.

Thank you to Brenda and Karin for your contributions to this edition.

If you have any questions, please just ask.

Cascade Connection – Issue 7

Cascade Connection – Issue 7

Cascade connection news letter tips help advice support communityWelcome to the August edition of the Cascade Connection, especially if you have recently joined the Cascade Community. We reflect on the Clifton Strengths Summit in Omaha and cover some common questions when setting out with Cascade. Deon shares how he uses Cascade with Q12 and we mention some very special Strengths Twins.

Issue 7

Clifton Strengths Summit

Common Questions

Talking to the Cascade Community, a couple of questions are frequently emerging.

Should I put all my clients in one copy of Cascade?

One early question when setting out with Cascade is how to store the themes for different groups of people.

Some coaches use a new copy of Cascade for each organisation. Apart from creating lots of Cascade files, this can get messy when there is a software update. We recommend where possible to store all your clients or staff in one copy of Cascade.

The Theme Table page has four columns (A-D) on the left to categorise your clients. You can rename the headings and use the columns to suit your client base or company. Think about how you want to group your clients together when creating reports. You can use the organisation name, the team or the workshop session etc.

In the Team page, use these categories to select the people for the Team Grid.

See the Theme Table page for more information.

Why are new clients not appearing in the reports?

Another common question occurs when adding a new person. Their themes are in the Theme Table but their name does not appear in the drop-down lists for the reports.

Cascade issue 7 QuestionsThe Team page defines the list of people for the reports. Use the Team Grid to select the organisation or team, then all the other reports will represent those people. The drop-down lists for the individual reports refer to the names on the Team Grid.

After adding a new person to the Theme Table, make sure you can see them in the Team Grid, then they will appear in the drop-down lists for the other reports.

When leaving the Team page, there is a process to regenerate the list of names for the reports. It is therefore important to view the Team page after adding people to the Theme Table.

See Getting Started for more information.


Tip: The Theme Table has two columns for the email address and Date (columns I and J). These are only present in Cascade as the columns exist in the Gallup export file. You do not need to manually enter information here as it is not used elsewhere in Cascade. Feel free to use this space for any additional information or notes.

 

Gallup’s Q12 assessment captures the level of engagement with 12 key questions. It is a useful benchmark to run before and after a strengths-based program to measure the effectiveness of the program. When setting up the Q12 assessment, the Group Reporting feature filters the results by additional factors. These can be by Team, Generation, Location, Part Time / Full Time, Volunteer / Paid etc.
Gallup Q12 engagement survey Cascade

 from Sydney, adds a new dimension to Cascade with Q12. He writes.

“If you use Q12 and Strengths, then you may find this approach useful.
I use Group Reporting in Q12 e.g. By Team, By Role, By Generation, By Location etc. Then I use Cascade to mirror these Groups using Columns A-D in the Theme Table Tab to align to the Q12 Groups. I then pull the Team Grid and Team Summary for each of these Groups. Now you have an engagement view by Groups and a Strengths view by Group.

In addition, I then take the Team’s Top 5 and create them as a Person in the Theme Table – this then allows me to pull a Personal Insights view of the Team as a whole.”

This is a great example of bringing the tools together to enhance the outcome. How do you use Cascade with other assessments or tools?

 

Feedback and Reviews

We love hearing and sharing your feedback about how Cascade is making a difference for you and your clients. Please take a moment to leave a review on our Facebook page or on our website.

Identical Matches

In July we discovered two pairs of Identical Strengths Twins. That’s two pairs of people who both share the same top 5 themes in the same order. What is more, we found both pairs on the same day!

To register your interest in finding your Strengths Twin, visit strengthstwins.com

Thank you

The Cascade Community came alive in Omaha. Thank you Rhonda Knight for arranging the Meet Up on Sunday evening and 34 Strong with Brandon Miller for your event on Monday evening. Both events actively shared the news about Cascade, thanks to your enthusiasm and the Woo-Warriors. Trying not to forget anyone, thank you Alicia, Carol Anne, Charlotte, Deon, Katherine, Kathie, Karen, Karin, Jennifer, Jim, Joe and the name I can’t remember.

Next Issue

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If you have any questions, please just ask.

Cascade Connection – Issue 6

Cascade Connection – Issue 6

Welcome to a special July edition of the Cascade Connection. We launch the new version of Cascade with two brand new reports and a massive time-saving feature. If you read all the way down to the bottom, you’ll find another gem.
We also look forward to meeting many of you at the Clifton Strengths Summit in Omaha.

July 2018

Cascade Just Gets Better!

Cascade connection news letter tips help advice support community

The new version of Cascade is now available with three major new features.

  • A new report visually displaying all 34 themes for an individual.
  • A new worksheet to help clients take advantage of their themes in different situations.
  • The ability to create PDF reports for a whole team in just a few moments.
    Read on to find out more.
My 34 Themes

Cascade My 34 theme report strengthsfinder chartAs Gallup is making it easier to access all 34 themes, we put together a special report to help with these coaching conversations.  The My 34 report shows all 34 themes for a person with their own Spark chart and domain Pie chart.

Adjusting the number of dominant themes tailors the report for your client. You can also choose which Theme Insight information you want to include.

Under the terms of our Licence Agreement, we a have worked with Gallup to produce the approved report. You will need the Bonus Pack to see the My 34 report in Cascade.  More Info

Fiona Grant is a leadership coach near Washington D.C. who has worked with Strengths since 2007. She writes
“I used the new My 34 page with two very different clients and was pleased to see how meaningful the summary was for each person. I used the ‘Being & Doing’ view with one, and the ‘Motivators/Demotivators’ view with another. They thought their summaries were both cool and insightful. The client with Communication as his #1 theme liked it so much he forwarded his along to his boss and suggested they consider a team workshop. Cascade is becoming an excellent sales asset for my business —  the one-page summaries are perfect for showing executives the value of the Strengths framework.”

Theme Advantage

Cascade strengths theme advantage report grid strengthsfinder matrixThere are lots of management models and theories to increase understanding of situations. Helping your client take advantage of their themes for each stage of a process will give them the edge. The new Theme Advantage page shows the client’s themes and the steps of a process on a grid. Exploring how their themes can contribute to each step will open up new opportunities. This is very much a worksheet to help start a potentially difficult conversation.

The standard version of Cascade includes various productivity areas which parallel with the four domains. The Bonus Pack opens up Leadership models and Project Management concepts.

We welcome feedback on this new worksheet and will add more models in future releases.  More Info

Florence Hardy is a Strengths coach and facilitator near Paris, France. She writes
“Wow impressed after my 30 mins exploring and testing this morning. LOVE, love, love the advantage page!!!! it’s like the Return of the Jedi for me (aka – the return of the theme map, in a much more mature version). Love it. Will apply to myself “How to get things done” lol.”

Create Multiple PDF Reports for a Team

Cascade PDF strengthsfinder reports team email zipMany coaches create PDF reports in Cascade for their clients. Whilst this is fine on an individual basis, creating 10’s of PDF documents for a team is very time-consuming. After months of research and coding, we have automated the bulk creation of PDF reports. You can now rattle off a set of personalised PDF reports for a whole team. During our testing, we created over 200 PDF documents in just a few minutes. You can quickly Zip up the files and email them to your customer.

Technical issues limit this feature to Windows with Office 2010, 2013, 2016 and Mac with Office 2016. It will not run on Mac with Office 2011.

As you may expect, this massive timesaving feature requires the Bonus Pack. More Info

Lisa Cummings an international strengths evangelist from Texas writes
“All I have to say is W00t!!! This is fantastic. I created Personal Insights Reports and Bring-Need Reports PDF for 68 people in under 5 minutes. This saves me from printing hundreds of pages. And it gives clients a handy digital file to refer back to long after our training.

Most of all, it allows me to stop travelling with carry-on bags that weigh 100 lbs. This might seem like a small thing, yet after getting stopped by security several times for “large bricks of organic matter” (my stacks of paper that must appear like cocaine in the scanners), I’m not so keen on being seen as a drug smuggler 😉 Not to mention, a few helpful people have grabbed my bag and put it in the overhead bin. After feeling the ridiculous weight from the paper, people love to ask, “Wow that’s heavy. Is there a dead body in there?” Richard, you have saved me from a perceived life of crime. All with your automated PDF function for Mac users. You’re a gem.”

Thank you

Creating new reports and testing the new features is a team effort. We want to thank you for your suggestions, ideas and time spent reviewing and checking the new version of Cascade. This is very much the Cascade Community in action. Thank you to Alicia Santamaria, Barry Rellaford, Brea Roper, Charlotte Blair, Cheryl Pace, Deon Rademeyer, Elaine Krek, Fiona Grant, Florence Hardy, Jessica Kennedy, Jennifer Miller, Jose Valcarcel, Kathie Gautille, Liz Ellis, Mary Beth Crawford, Ralph Rickenbach and Tracy Phillips.

How Can I Get the Update?

The new version of Cascade v2.0r02b is now available.

You are welcome to request the latest version of Cascade anytime within 12 months of purchase. Likewise, if you have renewed your support cover after this period, you can receive free updates. We email you about your support renewals during the last month of cover. There is a generous discount if you renew before it expires.

If you would like to receive an update of Cascade, contact us quoting your product licence number. (C followed by 5 digits at the top of the Welcome Page).

 

Clifton Strengths Summit in Omaha

Clifton Strengths summit Gallup Omaha 2018Are you going to the Clifton Strengths Summit in Omaha? It is just a few days away and I’m looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible. I will be in Omaha on the Sunday and Monday before the Summit attending various MeetUps. Please come and say hello and it will be nice to meet you in person. I will have a small gift for you if you catch me before the Summit begins. Unfortunately, I will not be able to distribute the gifts during the Summit.

Rhonda Knight is hosting a MeetUp on Sunday evening at DJ’s Dugouts Sports Bar. More details are at Pre-Summit Coaches MeetUp

 

Need Help Printing?

Cascade strengths print reports PDF PowerPoint Finally, we have another gem for you. If you need help with printing reports, creating PDFs or getting reports into PowerPoint, we have a new web page that explains all.

Visit the Print Reports on the side menu to discover more.

Next Issue

Thank you Fiona, Florence and Lisa for sharing your feedback on the new features.

To receive an email notification of the next Cascade Connection, sign up here.Thank you for all your conversations about Cascade on the Facebook and Yammer groups, we really appreciate your support. Please visit our Facebook page where we love to hear your reviews and comments. If you are looking to share a link for Cascade the best one is http://cascadestrengths.com

If you have any questions, please just ask.

Cascade Connection – Issue 5

Cascade Connection – Issue 5

Cascade connection news letter tips help advice support communityWelcome to the June edition of Cascade Connection. A warm welcome if you recently joined the Cascade Community, especially if you are still deciding whether to use Cascade. I hope you all find something here of interest.
As Gallup is making it easier for clients to access their full 34 theme sequence, we show how Cascade can assist these coaching conversations. We also look at some of the new features planned for the next release of Cascade.

June 2018

All 34 Theme Report

Coaching conversations initially focus on the top 5 themes. Revealing all 34 themes provides deeper insights and a greater perspective. Using the All 34 Report in Cascade you can see the full 34 theme sequences side by side for a team.

Cascade Strengths All 34 theme report Gallup strengthsfinderPlay with the display options to find a view that works best for you. Try selecting the ‘Top 10 and Bottom 5’ themes to create a cleaner page, it hides the supporting themes in the middle. Viewing the themes beyond the Top 5 requires the Bonus Pack.

Theme Identification
Use the yellow selection boxes on the right of the page to choose which themes to identify. This will pick out a particular theme across the people on the page. You may notice some themes of similarity and contrast amongst the team members. These observations can be good conversation starters.

Tip: Under each person’s name is a small radio button. Click on this button for one person then press the Identify Top 5 button. A box appears around the Top 5 themes for that person, along with those same themes for everyone else.

If there are more than six people in the team, change the names and print out another report.

Coaching with the All 34 Theme Report

Charlotte Blair from Australia, who is presenting a session at this year’s Summit, shares her experience with the All 34 theme report.

“I have used the 34 tab for a number of different groups to date. Where I find it the most effective is with Executive Teams. Recently I used it to show an Exec team of 8 to show their collective Full 34 talents and in this instance where the Responsibility® lay collectively for them (which was Top 10 for 6/8 of them) it was useful for them to think about how this might be seen or experienced by others, where it Helps and where it might Hinder.

I really like the fact that the full 34 are shown in their domain colours which helps participants easily see where they sit in the 4 domains, something that is not shown in the Gallup theme sequence report.  I find it so handy that I can choose Top 10 and bottom 5 as well as full 34.  Showing Top 10 and bottom 5 has been valuable with another exec team who were very high in Competition® and Command® but low in Empathy® and Harmony® except for one.  This again was a simple visual representation that lead to deeper discussions.

All 34 strengths theme sequence Charlotte Blair Cascade Report

 

Another way I use it is when Pairing people off.  In a group of 10 this week I have created a double-sided sheet with all 10 participants full 34 but purposely shown them next to each other with some contrasting people and themes so they can see where they think, feel and behave so differently to each other.”

I like the way Charlotte pairs people together with contrasting themes for a greater impact. This technique can also work well with the Team Profiles report.

Strengths Twins and Beyond

The Strengths Twins registrations are very popular at the moment. As a result, we are pairing more people together who share the same Top 5 themes. One group now has seven members, forming Strengths Septuplets. Interestingly, all the themes for this group are in the Strategic Thinking domain.

Yesterday at the Gallup Alumni in London, I met a pair of Strengths Twins who were connected via the website. They had instantly clicked and are loving their new friendship.

Called To Coach with Richard Sterry

Thank you for all your support and feedback following the Called to Coach session last month. If you missed it, you can still listen on the replay where there is also a transcript. You can jump to the different parts of the conversation.Gallup Called to Coach with Richard Sterry Cascade strengths church

 

  • 3:30 Introducing Strengths in a church setting
  • 6:50 Local issues when sharing Strengths in Europe
  • 10:20 The story behind Cascade
  • 26:00 Cascade Demo

What’s Next with Cascade?

Listening to your comments and identifying opportunities, Cascade continues to strive forward. The next release of Cascade will feature three major enhancements.

  • Create personalised PDF reports for each person in a team with just a few clicks. (This feature will require Excel 2016 for Windows or Mac).
  • Dig deeper with all 34 themes. A new report showing all 34 themes for an individual with theme insights and a personal Spark Chart.
  • Create specific worksheets for coaching sessions. Help clients see how they can apply their themes across the domains and in given situations such as; Leadership, Change, Decision Making, Project Management etc.

We plan to release these improvements along with other minor tweaks early in July. Some of the features will only be available with the Bonus Pack.

2018 Summit

In July I will be at the Summit in Omaha. It will be great to meet as many of you as possible, either on the Sunday and Monday beforehand or at the event itself.

Your Story

Thank you Charlotte for your contribution this month. Also a special thank you to those are testing and providing feedback on the new Cascade developments.
We would love to share your experiences with the Cascade reports inspiring others with their workshops and coaching. Please Contact us with any comments or your Cascade story.

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Cascade Connection – Issue 4

Cascade Connection – Issue 4

Cascade connection news letter tips help advice support communityWelcome to the May edition of Cascade Connection. A special welcome to our new readers from US, UK, Austrailia, New Zealand, Canada, Swaziland, Colombia and Cambodia. Coaches in 29 different countries benefit from Cascade and I hope you all find something here of interest.
This month kicked off with an interview on Called To Coach. We look at ways to use the Bring / Need report and enhancements to the Labels page.

May 2018

Called To Coach with Richard Sterry

Gallup Called To Coach Richard SterryJim Collison kindly invited me on Called To Coach to talk about my coaching in a church environment and show off Cascade. Thank you to those who listened live for your support, it was a wonderful experience. We covered the Strengths Twins initiative and the benefits of finding someone who shares the same top 5 themes.

The official session is now available here with a transcript. You can jump to the different parts of the conversation.

  • 3:30 Introducing Strengths in a church setting
  • 6:50 Local issues when sharing Strengths in Europe
  • 10:00 The story behind Cascade
  • 26:00 Cascade Demo

I Bring / I Need Report

Cascade bring need report strengthsfinder theme contributions Exploring the wider dimensions of the themes, the I Bring / I Need report in Cascade provides deeper insights. It can help people resonate with their themes and take them to new levels of understanding.

The contributions on the left of the page provide a range of aspects which the theme brings. These can be real confidence boosters, empowering people to ‘own’ their theme. The Learner® theme includes ‘Courage when venturing into the unknown’ which helped me enormously when I left full-time employment and set up my own business.

On the right is a list of the energisers supplying the needs of the theme. Help your client interpret these into relevant activities. For example, my Relator® needs ‘Opportunities for one on one interactions’. I therefore feed my Relator theme by scheduling several online chats and having coffees with friends.

Providing the needs for the themes will increase motivation and enable the theme to thrive. As a manager, this report for each person in the team is like gold dust. If they focus on providing the needs of their staff, the contributions will follow.

Karen Weigel from Cultivate 2 Conquer in Alexandria MN, US writes.

“I use Bring/Need as a learning tool when talking to clients about balconies and basements. It is a valuable tool in teaching them how to turn up, or turn down their strengths, depending on their audience!

In a team setting, we focus first on the BRING side. The team members pick a strength they love and then share what greatness they BRING to the table. The BRING portion drives home each member’s excellence, what makes them a rock star, what beautiful unique value they add. I make them form a complete sentence that encompasses what makes them unique and special.

Then we move to the NEED portion. In a team setting, we focus on each person’s role in the team and how what they NEED is an important part of them using their strengths most effectively. When the team knows what each member needs, they begin to understand their HOW. The Need portion is what we use for examples of how someone’s actions may be mistakenly devalued, misinterpreted, or viewed as a weakness. The discussions around this are magnificent, they sometimes share an irritant, that now knowing the NEED, has resolved. Or they learn a new area where they can use someone more productively, where their talents would shine more brightly based on that individual’s NEEDS.

The BRING represents the balconies and the NEED represents basements (meaning that they can be misinterpreted).”

Labels & Lanyards

StrengthsFinder theme print name tags badge lanyard labels cascade spreadsheetWorkshops and seminars are not complete without name badges or lanyards. They increase your professionalism and provide a corporate identity. The Labels page in Cascade can print a wide range of labels to suit a variety of templates. Create a one page Top 5 certificate, two corporate lanyards or up to 16 badge labels on a page.

Design the header and footer to top and tail the participant’s name and their top 5 themes. Once set up there is no mailmerging required, you can print directly from Cascade.

A recent enhancement in Cascade version 2.0r01d increases the label combinations on each page. There can now be 1 or 2 labels across and up to 8 labels going down the page. The Bonus Pack enables a feature to hide the surname for more informal workshops. It can also add a team name to the footer of the label, which is helpful when dividing the participants into groups.

More information to create your own labels is available here. Some of the set up can be a bit tricky. Focus on the paper size and label dimensions before designing the format for each label. If you get stuck or need help, please contact us.

Marie-Hélène Langlois at RCP | Coaching | Conseils RH in Canada writes.

Marie Helene Name Frame top 5 strengths themes

“The Labels page really helped us making our personalized picture frames and name tags for our workshops. This feature in Cascade made it much easier and faster for us to prepare for small and large groups, compared to what we used before.
The content generates itself from the main page, and we only need to enter the measurements once, which saves us precious time, every time!!”

Latest Updates

The most recent version of Cascade is v2.0r01d released on 22nd March 2018. If you are not yet on version 2.0 it is worth getting in touch to take advantage of the latest features. (The version number It is on the Select Name page and at the bottom of the Welcome page).

You are welcome to request the latest version of Cascade anytime within 12 months of purchase. Likewise, if you have renewed your support cover after this period, you can receive free updates. We email you about your support renewals during the last month of cover. There is a generous discount if you renew before it expires.

If you would like to receive an update of Cascade, contact us quoting your product licence number. (C followed by 5 digits at the top of the Welcome Page).

Your Story

Thank you to Karin and Marie-Hélène for your contributions this month. Also a special thank you to Cheryl Pace who kindly writes the notes during Called To Coach. It is a valuable hidden task which Cheryl performs so well.
We would love to share your experiences with the Cascade reports inspiring others with their workshops and coaching. Please Contact us with any comments or your Cascade story.

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Cascade Connection – Issue 3

Cascade Connection – Issue 3

Cascade connection news letter tips help advice support communityWelcome to the third edition of the Cascade Connection. A special welcome to our new readers this month, particularly several from Texas and Florida. I hope you all find something here of interest.
Here we look at a report to enhance conversations about collaboration and overcoming conflict. We see what is happening with the Strengths Twins and we also share a special event on 1st May.

April 2018

The Power of 2

Improving collaboration and resolving conflicts often feature in coaching conversations. Here we discuss some practical steps to help two people increase their effectiveness when working together.

power of 2 Strengthsfinder compare top 5 theme pairs Cascade collaboration strengths conflict

The Power of 2 worksheet in Cascade is a simple matrix with one person’s themes across the top and another person’s themes down the side.

The points of discussion come at the intersection of the two themes. Explore how the themes can enhance each other so together they can make the result exceptional. It is a bit like 1 + 1 = 11. The online book Expanding Your Strengths provides suggestions for powerful partnerships.

Conversely, how can the two themes rub against each other and appear to be pulling in opposite directions? It is all about appreciating the differences each theme can bring. Consider the intensity of each theme relative to the specific situation.

This concept can help a manager understand each person in their team better. Outside the workplace, share this with a married couple to help strengthen their relationship.

Facilitating Conversations

Alicia Santamaria, a conflict resolution expert in San-Francisco writes “There have been times in my coaching and team facilitation, where two people (colleagues or supervisor/direct report) have benefitted from dedicated time talking together about their particular partnership. Cascade’s Power of 2 matrix is a simple but powerful tool to use to structure this strengths-based conversation. Several clients have expressed gratitude for having this resource to help them self-facilitate their partnership conversation. As a result of the conversation and time spent understanding each other’s strengths, they are working even more cohesively together.”

Alicia has created an activity guide to accompany Cascade’s Power of 2 worksheet. You can see her guide here.

Measuring Effectiveness

Power of 2 review worksheet conversations PDF Strengthsfinder Cascade compare theme

Deon Rademeyer from Australia has kindly produced a checklist to identify the effectiveness of a partnership. It helps to highlight the areas working well and what needs to improve. It can also show up an imbalance of understanding between the two people.

Use the review to provide a clear benchmark at the outset of a conversation. Have each person complete the review independently, then compare notes. At the end of the coaching process, use it again to demonstrate a tangible measure of improvement.

Click on the image to see the full worksheet

Command® vs Harmony®.

Pippa Shaper a Strengths Coach in South Africa shares a recent coaching session with a business owner and his PA. She writes “Amongst the Cascade tools I used with them both was the Power of 2, to help explain how they could celebrate the strengths they shared in common, as well as see the huge possibilities arising from some of their other strengths, which were quite different.

The business owner has Command® as a theme in his top five, whilst his PA has Harmony® and Restorative®. Rather than regarding these particular strengths as strange and foreign in each other, the Power of 2 enabled them to see how Harmony and Restorative can solve problems and settle disagreements within the team when the business owner’s Command could have been a lot blunter and to the point! She was also able to see that the directness of Command could be very useful to take control of a situation when all else had failed to try and smooth things over with consensus.

Through the use of colour on the Power of 2 page, they were both able to see that the ‘boss’, being strong in the Strategic Thinking and Influencing domain, was wonderfully balanced by his PA’s strength in the Executing and Relationship domains. This session gave them both a new appreciation for the other, knowing now what strengths they should be ‘borrowing’ from each other as and when needed.”

 

Called to Coach

Gallup Called to Coach Richard Sterry Cascade strengths twinsOn Tuesday 1st May, Jim Collison and his team have kindly invited me on Called to Coach. I am looking forward to joining the session and sharing the story behind Cascade. If time permits, we may cover how the Strengths Twins initiative was born.

Please try to listen live where you can join in with the chat room to ask any questions. I would value your support for Cascade and how it is making a difference to your coaching practice. Let’s keep Jim busy with all of your comments!

As the event has passed, click here to listen to the recording.

 

Strengths Twins Reach 50

strengths twins top 5 strengthsfinder themes match triplet Last month we matched our 50th pair of Strengths Twins. Two people with the same top 5 themes, in any order. Statistically, the chances are 1 in 278,000.

As more people join the hunt to discover their ‘other self’ the number of pairings increase and new conversations begin.

Read more in the recent blog post.

Latest Updates

The most recent version of Cascade is v2.0r01d which adds enhancements to the Labels page. If you are not yet on version 2.0 it is worth getting in touch to take advantage of the latest features. (The version number It is on the Select Name page and at the bottom of the Welcome page).

You are welcome to request the latest version of Cascade anytime within 12 months of purchase. Likewise, if you have renewed your support cover after this period, you can receive free updates. We email you about your support renewals during the last month of cover. There is a generous discount if you renew before it expires.

If you would like to receive an update of Cascade, contact us quoting your product licence number. (C followed by 5 digits at the top of the Welcome Page).

Your Story

Thank you to Alicia, Deon and Pippa for your contributions this month. We would love to share your experience and discuss aspects to help you get the most from the Cascade strengths reports. Please Contact us with any comments or your Cascade story.

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Cascade Connection – Issue 2

Cascade Connection – Issue 2

Cascade connection news letter tips help advice support communityWelcome to the second edition of the Cascade Connection. We have lots of new readers this month and I hope you find something of interest. We look at one report which is growing in Australia, a creative way to discuss team dynamics and we delve into some new features of the Team Grid. Oh yes, we also have a special announcement if you make it to the end.

March 2018

Team Summary

Cascade strengths summary report Deon Rademeyer SydneyThe Team Summary report, available in the Bonus Pack, provides a quick overview of the theme distribution for a team. This is one of the more popular reports in Cascade which includes the Theme Frequency and the Cascade Spark charts. Identifying the team’s top 5 themes it reveals the top motivators and contributions the team can bring. If you work with several teams who know each other, comparing the Team Summary report for each team will help to show how they differ.

Deon Rademeyer in Sydney went one stage further with his workshop, he printed the Team Summary report in A2 size (420 x 594 mm or 16.5 x 23.4 in) for all to see. What do you do with your reports to make them special for your customers?

Team Dynamics in Conversation

Cascade strengths reports for Kathie Gautille workshopIn a recent workshop, Kathie Gautille shared her range of handouts for the participants. The impressive array of reports added to the professionalism of her workshop.

Kathie writes “I always feel like a hero when participants understand the team dynamics better after using the instruments from Cascade. I have two activities I love to do with the reports and after this workshop, I found another way.

I ask each small group to use the Team Grid to analyze the various talent themes and domains that are represented in the room. But this time I had one group with that particular assignment — the rest of the groups were to take their own small group and identify the same information — what domain is most frequent, what is less frequent in your group, what’s missing, that sort of questioning.

After we do that exercise, the next exercise I give them a hypothetical project and the questioning I use hits all four domains to help identify the various people in their team that would be good at say communicating, detail planning or building cohesive collaborative effort’s etc.

I don’t know that I could do this activity without Cascade. What I really love are all the aha moments because I can tell each participant or most participants are completely embracing Clifton Strengths.”

Team Grid

strengthsfinder Cascade strengths reports team grid menu show themesThe Team page in Cascade has received a few updates over recent weeks to help customise the page. Often when printing or inserting a screen clip into PowerPoint, it is helpful to hide unused columns for clarity or make the some of the columns a bit wider. The new menu provides easy options to adjust the screen.

 Make the Team Grid you own and insert your logo or the logo for your client. You don’t have to live with the image of the people sitting at the table.

Domain Order

We specifically place the domains for the Team Grid in the order of Strategic Thinking, Influencing, Relationship Building and Executing. When introducing the domains and how they fit together, this order provides a natural flow. To hear more, the synergy between the domains is explained more in the 4 Leadership Domains article.

Refreshing Recovery

The Team page with all its features is the most complicated page in Cascade. Very occasionally it may go horribly wrong or it could have been subject to some over-enthusiastic resizing of the rows/columns. Please don’t panic, there is a button ‘Refresh Page’ that will restore order. This recreates the page, resetting it back to its original state. You won’t lose any data, it simply updates over twenty thousand cells with the right formulae and formatting. It can also recover an issue if some names are not appearing in the other reports.

Printing Perfection

The Team Grid has the potential to print 17 pages or 64 pages if you have the Go Large module. To print the relevant pages for your desired team without the endless blank pages, here are a couple of options.

In the heading for the Name column, click on the drop-down arrow to reveal the data filtering choices, then untick zzBlanks. The blank rows will disappear and the number of pages to print will reduce down to 1 or 2.

Another way is to use the Print Preview button on the new menu. This hides any blank rows before viewing the page to print. (A recent update in v2.0r01c corrects a small issue with this button).

Called to Coach

Gallup Called to Coach Richard SterryOn Tuesday 1st May, Jim Collison and his team have kindly invited me on to Called to Coach.  I am looking forward to sharing the story behind Cascade and the Strengths Twins initiative.

Do try to listen live where you can join in with the chat room and ask any questions. It starts at 1:00 pm EDT. Click here to register for the event.

Latest Updates

The most recent version of Cascade is currently v2.0r01c. If you are not yet on version 2.0 it is worth getting in touch to take advantage of the latest features.
(The version number It is shown on the Select Name page and at the bottom of the Welcome page).

You are welcome to request the latest version of Cascade anytime within 12 months of purchase. Likewise, if you have renewed your support cover after this period, you can receive free updates. The support renewals are emailed out during the last month of cover and we offer a generous discount if you renew before it expires.

If you would like to receive an update of Cascade, contact us quoting your product licence number. It is visible on the Welcome page (C followed by 5 digits).

Your Story

How do you use Cascade and which reports do you find most helpful? We would love to share any pictures of the workshop materials you produce in Cascade. Have you done anything creative with the reports and what impact do they have on your clients?

Please Contact us with any comments or your Cascade story.

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Cascade Connection – Issue 1

Cascade Connection – Issue 1

Cascade connection news letter tips help advice support communityWe have a big announcement and news to share for this first issue of the Cascade Connection. In future editions, we will discuss how to get the most out of Cascade from the designer and other coaches.

February 2018

Gallup Cascade US UK 1stHeadline News!

The big news at Releasing Strengths is the completion of a Licence Agreement with Gallup for Cascade. Following a successful demonstration of Cascade to Gallup Executives, they said they really like it and it is perfect for their licensing program. After several months of negotiation, the licence is agreed and Cascade is back on the road.
We now look forward to promoting Cascade to a wider audience so together we can work with coaches like you and enhance the strengths movement.

New Frontiers

Cascade is breaking new boundaries with two firsts. It is the first digital third-party product licensed by Gallup, and it is the first licence awarded to the UK. Both aspects added complications to the Licence Agreement and we are delighted to pioneer new ways forward.

Cascade shop store buy purchaseCascade Shop

Cascade is now available at our new online shop.

Listening to feedback, prices are in $US dollars, €Euros or £GB pounds with a range of payment methods at the checkout.

Cascade Products

Reviewing the Cascade products, there are two different licence types to suit our range of customers.

  • Cascade Personal for coaches running their own business or consulting practice. The Cascade licence is for just one person and replaces the Single User licence.
  • Cascade Professional for coaches working in a department for an organisation. Other coaches in your office can use Cascade. This replaces the Single Site licence for coaches in just one location.

Cascade strengths report go large 2000 clientsGo Large

As the size of your client base or the number of staff increase, the 500 client limit in Cascade can be restrictive. Following requests, we now have a Go Large module to expand the capacity of Cascade to 2000 clients. Visit the Cascade shop for more information.
The Go Large add-on nicely enhances the existing Bonus Pack.

Cascade Updates

Cascade matures to version 2.0 with lots of small enhancements to make it easier and better when preparing for workshops. The pages have received a bit of a facelift and there are more opportunities to customise a number of pages.

If you would like to receive an update of Cascade, contact us quoting your product licence number. You can find it on the Welcome page (C followed by 5 digits).

Licence Renewals

Some of the early adopters of Cascade are reaching the end of the 12 months free support and updates. We will notify you separately with your options to continue receiving our support and the latest versions of Cascade.

Next Time

Thank you for reading all the way down to this part. Next time in Issue 2 we will share some handy tips to help you make the most of Cascade.

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Thank you for your support and together we can enhance the strengths movement.