As 2019 gets underway, we look at setting the right environment to transform a role and increase confidence. We also find ways to describe the strengths of a team. Finally, what would you do if it all goes horribly wrong?
How can you help a client who is feeling demotivated or uncertain about their abilities?
Articulating our strengths in practical ways tells ourselves and others how we can give of our best. The Bring / Need report is one of the most popular reports in Cascade. It shows the top themes for an individual and outlines the main contributions of each theme.
Empowering clients to identify with their abilities increases their confidence in what they can offer. Encouraging them to share these qualities with their colleagues creates opportunities for them to give of their best.
Conversely, each contribution has a need. The right environment is crucial for each contribution to thrive. Being aware and sharing the needs for each theme, builds understanding and the potential for excellence.
Imagine a manager who understands the needs of each person in their team. How much more can the individuals contribute when their needs are recognised and fulfilled?
Renegotiating Your Role
Kim Madsen in Minnesota runs online coaching programs and her regular Coaches Corner chat room. She writes;
“One of my clients in my online group coaching program was being recruited back to her previous job, which she had just left six months prior. During our coaching sessions, and while using the Cascade tool, she was able to clearly define her motivators and needs. Which led us to have great coaching sessions to guide her in her decision. She was able to go back to that employer, ask for everything she needed in order to thrive, and accepted their offer. Through coaching, she gained a high level of self-awareness around her unique gifts. The Cascade tool was a great visual support to our coaching sessions.
I also use the Cascade tool with the students I coach. Triston is an 18-year-old freshman in college. His mom and dad bought him a coaching session as a Christmas present, with Triston I utilized the Bring-Need report.”
Triston writes “I have learned about who I am written down on paper. It’s been a helpful and positive experience to know not only what I’m good at, but also how I can use these qualities of mine to be the best Triston I can be.”
How do you articulate the strengths of a team?
The Team Summary report in Cascade shows a one-page snapshot of the team’s strengths. You can see the distribution and intensity of the CliftonStengths themes for the collective team.
Comparing the Summary reports for several teams reveals visual differences in the distribution of their strengths. In addition to seeing variations across the Domains, there may be
Traci McCausland, SOAR Evangelist & Founder of Follow Your Strengths writes;
“The leadership and intact teams I work with absolutely love the Team Summary page of Cascade! I love that it gives teams a great visual and a starting point for analysis and interpretation of what the team brings and needs. It’s a great jumping off point for valuable conversations and discussions. Additionally, I’ve referred numerous clients to Cascade so they can take ownership of their results and have incredible tools at their fingertips! This not only saves me time from re-running strengths grids when team members change but more importantly, it empowers my clients to go deeper into strengths and that’s what it’s all about!”
Note: The Team Summary report in Cascade requires the Bonus Pack.
What if …?
An alarming number of people are contacting us after their computer has crashed and they have lost a lot of their data. We can supply a blank copy of Cascade but we cannot recover the client information. Depending on the situation, the client themes may be available on the Gallup Strengths Center. It is good practice and common sense, to back up all your essential files.
Use a backup process which is automatic so you don’t have to think about it and secure, so your information is kept safe.
One simple option for your documents and working files is to use cloud storage where there is an off-line copy of your data. Examples are DropBox, Google Docs and
What would you do if your laptop crashed?
After the initial panic, how would you recover your files?
We are not a backup solution provider. However, we urge you to take precautions now, so if disaster strikes, you can keep your business running.
For instant answers to questions when using Cascade, head over to the Support Hub.
There is a growing number of articles covering a wide range of topics to help you get the most out of Cascade.
Do you have an eye for Detail?
As the new version of Cascade reaches the testing stage in February, we want to make it the best it can be. Please let us know if you are able to help us put it through its paces to check and review the new features.
The new version of Cascade will be out in March 2019.
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Thank you for all your support and to Kim and Traci for your contributions. Please contact us if you would like to share how you use your Cascade reports in your coaching.
If you have any questions, please just ask.
Richard and the Cascade Team