Cascade Connection -Issue 31

Cascade Connection -Issue 31

Supporting our Coaching Community Across the Globe

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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.

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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!

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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 28

Cascade Connection -Issue 28

Need more clients? Working with teams?

In this issue we look at simple solutions to get more clients and build collaboration in a team. Learn from Strengths coaches Dani Grieveson and Antonia Milkop who share how they use the Cascade reports to make a practical difference to their clients. Plus check out our latest videos to help you expand your Cascade knowledge.

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How can I get more clients?

Dani Grieveson business strengths coach more clients

Growing a business can be hard. Dani Grieveson, a business coach in the UK, shares her story of how she recently helped a businesswoman build on her Strengths to find and secure new clients. She writes:

In a recent coaching session with a lady running her own business, I was asked how she could grow her business with more clients.

Identifying her CliftonStrengths®, we looked deeply into her top themes. One report I found useful for her development was the ‘Brings & Needs’ report in Cascade. It enabled her to understand the environment she needs for herself, so she can create the best opportunities for success.

Creating a Power List

Particularly pertinent was ‘The Power of Me’ tool in Cascade.  Looking at her top themes, together we created a ‘Power List’ of her best words that most describe her and accurately what her business offers. They felt natural to her as they resonate with her top themes.

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Between last week’s session and this week’s session, she held three new client conversations. Choosing to use her ‘Power List’ of words in these conversations, all three clients converted! Winning the new contracts fulfilled her need for business growth.

By applying her ‘Power List’ of words to conversations, she is able to engage her clients on a new and deeper level, resulting in more business.

Having discovered who she really is through her CliftonStrengths® themes and Cascade, she has experienced an outcome of both personal and professional growth. 

To find out more about Dani Grieveson and how she helps people and businesses succeed, visit www.liftthislife.co.uk




How can I build better collaboration in teams?

Many of you will know the Cascade Team Summary report, which visually represents the themes for a team as a whole. By showing details for the top 5 themes of the team, members understand their team’s identity. Using the statements at the bottom of the page, they appreciate what the team brings, what it needs and how it is motivated.

Antonia Milkop in New Zealand takes the team top 5 themes to another level. By creating an entry in Cascade’s Theme Table with the top 5 themes for the team and using it within The Power of 2 worksheet, she helps team members gain new insights. She writes:

Considering how each individual player in a team contributes to the combined dominant talents of their team, I use The Power of 2 worksheet. Place the Team’s top 5 themes across the top and a member’s themes down the side.

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A team member can look at their own themes and how they might enhance the strengths of the combined team – the “Team DNA”.

Arranging Input
Antonia Milkop Gallup strengths coach New Zealand

For example; one of the Team’s dominant talents could be Input®, and team member may not have the Input® theme near the top. They can ask themselves: “How might my other dominant talents ‘feed’ this Input® talent of the team’s DNA?”

A person with the talent of Arranger® could organise an online system for the team to store any useful information and knowledge to find at a later date. The person with Arranger® may not have the ‘need’ to go off and collate all this information, but they will thrive in designing an organised system to help the team store their information!

Contributing to the team’s theme of Input® will help their team thrive and flourish.

Discover more about Antonia’s work at antoniamilkop.com



Caring for a Loved One

Gallup Strengths Success Story

Last month we featured Dawn Landry and our new Care Coaching worksheets inspired by her book, ARMORED. Listen to Dawn share her powerful story on Gallup’s Called To Coach, recorded on Friday 5th March 2021.

Read about Care Coaching.




Explore Cascade with Dawn and Cara’s Zoom session

Last week coaches Dawn Sander and Cara Nance recorded a Zoom session as they explored Cascade together. Watch the recording to get some really helpful practical insights into how to make the most of the Cascade reports.

The Highlights – jump to the timestamp
7:35 – Explanation of the Personal Insights report
12:11 – How to get more from the Bring & Needs report
19:55 – Exploring The Power of 2 worksheet
Note: The video will only be available until 25th April 2021.

Dawn Sander Cara Nance Cascade Zoom session

Recently we shared a video demonstrating the main features of Cascade and explaining how to enter themes and create reports. It’s designed to give you a quick and easy tour to get started. Watch it here.

Both video sessions offer lots of ideas on how to get more from the Cascade reports. They’re super helpful if you’re new to Cascade, but even if you’ve been using our reports for a while, we think you’ll still discover some great top tips!




Do you have the latest release of Cascade? v2.0r05d

The current version of Cascade is 2.0r05d which includes the Care Coaching worksheets. 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).


Thank you

Thank you to the contributors for this issue, Dani Grieveson, Antonia Milkop, Dawn Sander and Cara Nance. Please contact us if you have a story you would like to share in the Cascade Community.

Richard and the Cascade Team

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