Cascade Connection -Issue 11

Cascade Connection -Issue 11

Cascade connection theme insights discovery cardsThank You

Reflecting back in 2018, there are so many things to thank the Cascade Community. Your support and dedication have seen Cascade go much further than we thought possible. We are eternally grateful. Thank you.
2018 thank you cascade strengths Gallup strengthsfinder
Launching under a license with Gallup in January 2018, you responded enthusiastically telling your friends about the Cascade strengths reports. Word is quickly spreading to help other coaches benefit from the visual charts and time-saving features.

As Cascade becomes an everyday tool in the Strengths world, it is an honour to see the reports in conversations, social sites, podcasts and seminars. Here are a few of the highlights from 2018.

Gallup Called To Coach Richard SterryPodcasts

Appearing on Called to Coach in May was quite an experience. Thank you to Jim Collison and his team for being the perfect host. We talked about strengths in a church environment, Strengths Twins and saw a demo of Cascade. It is amazing how many people are watching the replay and contacting us, several months later.

need a coach richard sterry and becky hammond

Sharing my strengths story in a podcast with Becky Hammond was an enjoyable moment. Describing my journey to find a coach, I revealed the incredible impact of that first strengths-based conversation.


Gallup Clifton Strengths Summit Omaha CascadeClifton Strengths Summit

Meeting so many coaches at the Clifton Strengths Summit in July was a wonderful opportunity. With over 100 Cascade advocates, it felt like a real community. You are so much better in person and it was nice to hear your individual stories.

New Reports

Cascade My 34 theme report strengthsfinder chartOver the summer we saw the arrival of the new My 34 Theme report, a one page summary of all 34 themes for a person. Also, the new Theme Advantage worksheet, helping clients take advantage of their themes in various situations.

Team Grid export Gallup Access Excel spreadsheet cascade strengths

The feature to create a batch of PDF reports for clients is proving immensely popular and a big bonus for your clients.

Towards the end of the year, we launched new services to help coaches. Whether you just have the PDF Gallup reports or a Team Grid from Gallup Access, we can read these and extract the theme information to drop into Cascade.

Strengths Twins

Clifton Strengths Twins Gallup StrengthsFinder same top 5 themesTicking away in the background is a constant stream of people searching to find their Strengths Twin. Matching individuals every week who share the same top 5 themes is a real privilege. So far, over 260 people have found their ‘Twin’ across 56 different countries. There are Triplets, Quads, a group of Quins and one collection of 11 people sharing the same top 5 themes. We also have 5 pairs who share the same top 5 themes in the same order.


What has made 2018 so good? There are a couple of things I have learned in 2018, one is to follow your gut and the other is to embrace the community around you. Be true to your instincts and draw on the expertise and strengths of others. Sharing an African proverb at my daughter’s wedding earlier this year, it says. “Alone I go fast, together we go far.”

Looking forward

Listening to your comments and feedback we have great plans for Cascade. A new version, due out early in 2019, it is more intuitive and easier to use. The reports cover a greater range of themes, there are more options and there is simple one-click printing. Just wait until you see the new Team Grid!

As the Cascade Community grows beyond 600 advocates across 40 countries worldwide, you are all part of something special. Thank you for your support and enthusiasm to share the Cascade word. It is an honour to have so many friends and companions all over the globe.

I look forward to the Clifton Strengths Summit in June 2019 where we can continue to build the strengths movement.

In the meantime have a very Happy Holiday, Happy Chrismas or whatever you say when celebrating this special seasonal time.

Richard and the Cascade Team


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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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