Welcome 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.
The 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
In 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.”
The 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.
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.
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.
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
On 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.
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).
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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