Cascade Connection -Issue 26

Expanding Theme Dynamics with the Power of Me

Cascade Connection Strengths News

Have you ever combined two things and been surprised at the outcome? Think sweet and salty popcorn for example! It’s the same with Strengths themes. You might understand them fully as individual themes. But what if you combine them?

Cascade’s new The Power of Me worksheet does just that. It helps you blend your themes to gain new insights.

Read on to hear from coaches Holly Magnuson and Ron Johnson. They both share their personal experiences of this recent addition to the Cascade set of tools for Strengths Coaches.



The Power of Me

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A greater awareness of who you are and how you tick will increase your confidence in yourself as a coach and inspire confidence in your clients. So the more insights you have, and can share, the better.

By creating powerful combinations of your top themes, The Power of Me worksheet in Cascade will help you explore theme dynamics with fresh insights. The worksheet enables you to easily mix the descriptive words from one theme with the role of another. Like sweet and salty popcorn, the results can be fascinating!

For example, a person with the themes of Analytical® and Harmony® might result in ‘A questioning negotiator’. Analytical® with Focus® can be ‘A data-driven goal setter’. Harmony® with Focus® could be ‘A practical prioritizer’.

Find out more here. Or to try out the Power of Me worksheet, head to the Power of 2 section in your Cascade software. At the top, there is the option to select the theme element, choose The Power of Me. (NB. You will need Cascade version 2.0r05c. Find out how to update to the latest version here.)


Fresh Theme Dynamics – Holly Magnuson

Holly Magnuson

Holly Magnuson works with college students, faculty, and staff members in California helping them move from “naming to aiming” their Strengths in their day to day life.

The goal early in the coaching relationship is for the client to move beyond looking at their Themes individually but at how they complement each other: Theme Dynamics. This is an exercise that I added to my practice after my coaching session with Jo Self. In the exercise, I attempted to have clients choose a word from “The Role I Play” box of their number one Talent Theme and then a word from “Descriptive Words” section for Talent Themes two through five.

The problem was that many times clients would get lost on which box to look at when or they would get distracted with the other information. This problem had me to the point of trying to develop my own worksheet. But I really didn’t have the time or desire to do it. Then I downloaded the newest version of Cascade in early December and found the “Power of Me” option. I was so excited, I think I actually shouted out loud!

The layout of The Power of Me sheet helps the client narrow their focus to this one area of development: Theme Dynamics. The layout of the sheet is familiar as most of my clients have worked with Excel spreadsheets, so this adds an important visual aspect. As the client writes or types their roles with their descriptive words they begin to see the power of Theme Dynamics. I’m excited to see how this tool helps my clients go from the naming their Talents to combining them together to really aim them at the things they want to accomplish.


A New Perspective – Ron Johnson

Ron Johnson is an experienced faith-based coach who works with the international charity The Voice of the Martyrs from his hometown in California.

Exploring the concept of The Power of Me on himself first, Ron circled three key descriptive words and three key role words within each of his Top 5 Signature Themes. Then for each of his themes, he combined one descriptive word and one role word. The results for his themes of Responsibility®, Learner® and Analytical®, gave him:

  • Dependable Volunteer
  • Studious Committer
  • Dispassionate Responder
Using The Power of Me in Wellbeing Coaching

Ron writes: “I used the Power of Me with a faith-based leadership team who manages their own staff team. Our coaching session helped each of them identify their own Descriptive Words and Roles for their personal wellbeing and as a manager. Their new Gallup Theme Dynamic!

Ron received some great feedback from the team:

#1  My new theme dynamic, from the Power of Me, describes how I do my personal hiking!

#2 I like how combining two of my individual themes makes a new powerful combination of themes. 

#3 In the past I only looked at one theme at a time. This gives me an entire new way of seeing how I can use my themes!

#4 This can help me explain in a new way, why I do what I do, when I pair up two themes!

I want to thank Richard Sterry of Cascade for adding the new Gallup CliftonStrengths® chart “The Power of Me” – the combination of Descriptive Words and Roles.


Looking ahead to 2021

Our calendar for webinars in 2021 is already taking shape. But there’s still space for more, so we’d be delighted to receive any invitations to speak at Mastermind groups over the next few months.

During the sessions, we can share the benefits of Cascade for individual or team coaching and help participants get more out of the reports. We can also tailor the session to your specific needs. For both beginners and more advanced users, we can also reveal timesaving tips and secret features tucked away. Contact us if you would like to host a session and benefit those in your coaching community.

Look out for more updates coming soon regarding planned virtual events you can join.



Do you have the latest release of Cascade?

Back in December, we released a new version of Cascade with two new worksheets (Performance SeQuEnCe and The Power of Me). Plus we launched the German Language Pack.

The current version is 2.0r05c. To update your copy of Cascade, check out our guide: How to update Cascade to the latest version.

If you need help: please contact us quoting your Cascade license number. (C followed by 5 digits at the top of the Cascade Menu).

Richard and the Cascade Team

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