Cascade Connection -Issue 32

Cascade Connection -Issue 32

Add a Personal Touch to your Cascade Reports

Cascade Connection news - Discover how to make your coaching reports more personal

The new release of Cascade has a great way to make your coaching reports even more personal for your clients.

Learn how to easily tailor your reports below – and check out the other new features in the latest version:




How to make your coaching reports special

One of the great new features in the latest version of Cascade is super simple – but very powerful. We’ve added a new feature that allows you to insert your own text at the top of the individual reports. Enabling you to make your coaching reports better fit the personal situation for each client.

We call it a “Report Topping”. You can choose whether to use the same phrase for everyone, or create something unique for each person.

Why have we done this?
Cascade report header personal text - A great way to create more personal coaching reports

It came about following a suggestion from Deon Rademeyer. He was looking for new ways to make the Cascade reports more relevant for his clients. Working with the military, he specifically wanted to detail their rank, such as Sargent Major or Captain.

You can now add a person’s job role, position or military rank – or any other text – to make the report special for the person. Some coaches have suggested adding the name of the team or a brief tip on how to use the report. The choice is yours.




New Strengths Advantage worksheets

Another significant development in the Cascade update is the addition of three new Strengths Advantage worksheets. These resources help clients apply their strengths in a range of scenarios and we are excited by the increased depth and breadth of options the new worksheets give you.

Combining Strengths with Psychological Safety

Psychological Safety Strengths Advantage in Cascade

Several coaches are currently exploring the concept of Psychological Safety when working with teams. It’s a big new area of focus generally in the coaching, management and HR world.

LeaderFactor™ have set out the 4 Stages of Psychological Safety and offer certification in their model. There is a strong correlation how Strengths can enhance the Psychological Safety for individuals and teams.

We are delighted to work with a group of CliftonStrengths® coaches and LeaderFactor™ to produce a new worksheet in Cascade. This brings Strengths and Psychological Safety together in a single focus. It can help teams become more welcoming and innovative in their approach, driving forward performance.

Thank you to coaches Alicia Santamaria, Tracy Philips, Marjan Mahoutchian and Michelle Horgan for your enthusiasm, input and guidance on creating the new worksheet.

STOP PRESS: Watch out for a big feature on Strengths and Psychological Safety in the next issue of Cascade Connection!

Focusing on Career Development

You’ll also find two more new worksheets in the latest version of Cascade. These are both designed to help with Career Development and in particular, clients moving to a new role. Thank you to Murray Guest, who inspired their development, and to Jennifer Vancil for her assistance.




Create PDFs for your labels and lanyards

Cascade PDF strengthsfinder reports team email zip

We’ve added a couple of new buttons to make it easy for you to create PDF files of labels and lanyards. Using this, you can now quickly make a set of PDFs ready for printing or to send directly to your customer.

It’s also now possible to create a PDF for a single page of labels, or run off all the PDFs for several pages. We hope this timesaver will make it much easier to prepare labels or lanyards for your in-person workshops.

Why did we do this? Because you asked us to! We take careful note of any feedback in our Cascade Strengths Community on Facebook and discovered recently that several coaches like to create a PDF of their labels instead of printing them directly from Cascade. We therefore decided to make it super easy for you to do this. Thank you to Dawn Potter Sander for the original Facebook post that started off the conversation!




Get your new version of Cascade – v2.0r05f

The new version of Cascade is 2.0r05f is now available. To update your copy of Cascade, check out our guide:

How to update Cascade to the latest version

As we’ve explained above, the main improvements to Cascade in this latest release include:

  • Report Toppings to add extra text to make individual coaching reports more personal.
  • New Strengths Advantage worksheets for Psychological Safety and Career Development.
  • PDF creation for labels and lanyards.

Plus there are a few other minor tweaks to improve the process of importing themes to the Theme Table and creating PDFs. You can check out the full list of changes in the Change Log.

If you need help updating your version of Cascade: please contact us quoting your Cascade license number.




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Richard and the Cascade Team

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Cascade Connection -Issue 31

Cascade Connection -Issue 31

Supporting our Coaching Community Across the Globe

Cascade Connection news global coaching community

We love how the Cascade Community connects coaches from all around the world. Recently we hit a new milestone of coaches benefiting from Cascade in more than 60 countries!

So as more people start using Cascade, we’d love to make it as easy as possible for everyone in our global coaching community – new and old – to get the best from the reports. We want to make sure that being part of the Cascade Community, and using our resources, makes your life easier.

Here’s what’s covered in this issue:


Strengths Bring Need Cascade popular report

Intrigued to know which Cascade resource is most helpful, we recently asked our Facebook group members.

The most popular answer was The Brings & Needs Report. The simple and invaluable document highlights 5 themes per page, describing what each one brings and what it needs to thrive.

This report is unique to Cascade. It helps both coaches and clients quickly understand the breadth of their themes.

It can also be a real time-saver. For example, have you ever prepared a workshop session and arrived to discover that one person hasn’t read any of their CliftonStrengths® assessment reports?! The Brings and Needs Report provides a brilliant, quick overview of their themes so they can still participate in your session.

Find out more about The Brings & Needs Report, including how it can increase confidence, improve working relationships and help individuals lacking in motivation.

Join In

PS. If you haven’t already, why not join our active and friendly Cascade Strengths Community on Facebook to engage in these sorts of discussions and more?




Are you New? Welcome to the Cascade Community!

Global Cascade Community Cliftonstrengths strengths finder
Cascade’s global coaching community

The Cascade Community continues to grow rapidly. There are now thousands of coaches from more than 60 countries worldwide benefiting from the Cascade reports. We especially love welcoming new members. So we’re thrilled to have you join our global coaching community!

To help those new to Cascade – or as a reminder for those who aren’t so new – here are a few pointers to help you find and use the resources you need…

Getting Started

A nice and easy way to understand Cascade is to watch our Getting Started video. It’ll show you how to set up Cascade, import your themes from Gallup, create reports and more.

Which Report to Use and When?

With so many Cascade resources now available, you could find the options a bit overwhelming. So we recently published two new guides – one for individual coaching; and one for team or management level coaching. Each guide identifies a variety of coaching situations and recommends a suitable Cascade report to use in each scenario:

Making the Most of the Theme Table

One of the biggest tips we give new users is to save all your clients or staff in one copy of Cascade whenever possible. This gives you the greatest flexibility going forwards. Plus it makes things simpler when there’s a new Cascade version.

Once you’ve added your contacts, use the blue left-hand columns in the Theme Table to identify the company, team, cohort or workshop session etc you want. Then you can select just that group in the Team Grid to filter their names.

After adding people to the Theme Table, click on the Reset Formatting button. Then in the Team Grid, click on the Refresh Page button. These two steps will help the rest of Cascade run smoothly.

To remove someone from the Theme Table, highlight their name and themes, then press the Delete key. Click on the blue A/Z sort button in column G to move the empty row to the bottom of the table.

PDF Troubleshooting

When creating PDF reports, most initial errors are fixed by checking the Folder Path in the Settings section of the Cascade Menu. Click on Insert Path, then Test Path. In Windows, make sure the path starts with C:\… and not http:\\…

Help with the Reports

Cascade website help

At the top of the Cascade pages, you can find options to adjust the report and select the number of themes to show. For help with any of the reports, click on the green ? to see our dedicated web page for that report.

Need more Help?

  • We have a comprehensive online Support Section. Here you’ll find a wide range of articles giving help and guidance on specific topics. Check this out first to quickly access the answers you need.
  • If you’re still stuck, we’d love to help you get sorted. Use the Contact Us form to request assistance. If we can’t help you with a simple email reply, we offer the opportunity to connect via Zoom to guide you personally.



What’s Coming Next with Cascade?

We are continually investing to improve and develop Cascade in response to your feedback, the needs of the Strengths coaching environment, and technological advances.

This is a heads-up that we are currently working away behind the scenes with other coaches, getting a new update ready for you. We’re hoping to release it in late September. We think it’ll add a bit more sparkle to your coaching offering! 😊

For example, we’re making changes that will enable you to make the individual reports even more personal for your clients. Plus adding a new Strengths Advantage worksheet on the topic of deepening team trust and collaboration.

We’ll be sharing more information about this new Cascade release at the end of September.




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Thank you for being part of Cascade’s global coaching community!

Richard and the Cascade Team

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Cascade Connection -Issue 30

Cascade Connection -Issue 30

How to Choose the Best Coaching Tools for Teams and Individuals

Cascade Connection news

In this issue we share two powerful resources to help you select which Cascade reports to use for different coaching situations.

One guide is designed for Team Coaching scenarios, including working with Leaders and Managers. The other focuses on the best tools to use in Individual Coaching conversations.

We also feature Strengths legend Murray Guest interviewing Richard Sterry, the creator of Cascade, about how his Strengths helped him through lockdown.




Team Coaching Guide

Team Strengths Coaching tools

In team coaching, the key challenge is to not only understand what makes a good team but be able to apply that understanding to each team, helping it to become the best version of itself. That also means knowing the right coaching resource for each situation you encounter.

We’ve designed the Team Coaching Guide as a practical tool to help you quickly decide which Cascade report is the best fit for your conversation.

The guide explains why and how the Cascade resources will help you enhance the CliftonStrengths® results for the team in your workshop. There are five main subject areas, each with several sub-topics to help you quickly find what you need.

Main Subject Areas



Individual Coaching Guide

Personal coaching ideas from Cascade

How do you select the perfect tool to use in a 1:1 coaching conversation? Especially when there are so many different potential scenarios to address? And lots of Cascade reports to help your client unpack their CliftonStrengths® themes?

Designed specifically for 1:1 sessions, the Individual Coaching Guide features six main areas with several topics under each one. For every topic, we explore different situations and explain which Cascade reports will be most helpful, and why.

Main Subject Areas



Inspired Energy – Murray Guest’s Podcast featuring Richard Sterry

Inspired energy Murray Guest with Richard Sterry

Listen to Cascade Creator Richard Sterry’s inspirational conversation with Murray Guest as he shares how he uses his Strengths to shape his business.

Richard talks specifically about his powerful theme of Harmony® and how it helped him respond to the challenges of the COVID crisis and lockdown.

Plus if you listen through to the end, you’ll get to hear Richard’s own definition of Inspired Energy… it’s a good one!

PS. If you haven’t come across Murray Guest’s Inspired Energy podcast before, this is how he describes what he does:

“I love having conversations that matter and connecting with people who are passionate about their area of expertise, helping them share their inspiration and practical tips. You’ll find inspiring episodes on strengths, leadership, culture, health, mindset, fear, and more.”




Discover and Connect

  • For more help on using Cascade and the different reports and tools available, check out our Support section.
  • If you can’t find the help you need online, please contact us quoting your Cascade license number (C followed by 5 digits shown at the top of the Cascade menu).
  • Join our active and friendly Cascade Strengths Community on Facebook to learn and share with other coaches.
  • Connect with Richard Sterry on LinkedIn to build your network.
  • If you have a story to share in a future issue of Cascade Connection, we’d love to hear it! Please get in touch.

Thank you for being part of the Cascade Community!

Richard and the Cascade Team

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