Cascade Connection -Issue 12

Cascade Connection -Issue 12

Cascade connection theme insights discovery cardsWhat do you need to thrive?

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?

Confidence Boost

Cascade bring need report strengthsfinder theme contributions motivators confidence

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.”

Team Perspective

Cascade team summary report Gallup strengths themes

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 differences in the spread and intensity of the themes.

Team Interpretation

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 iCloud.

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.

Need Help?

Cascade strengths support help questions answers FAQ KB

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.

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If you have any questions, please just ask.

Richard and the Cascade Team

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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