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 10

Cascade Connection -Issue 10

Cascade connection theme insights discovery cardsHow do you enter client themes into Cascade?

Welcome to the November edition of the Cascade Connection. This month we launch two new services to make your life easier, we reveal a little more about the new version of Cascade and have a special offer for Black Friday.

When the export file from the Gallup Strengths Center is not available, entering the client themes into Cascade can become very tedious. To help, we are launching two new offerings. They will save you time, reduce the hassle and increase accuracy.

Save Time when Entering Client Themes

enter client themes Gallup PDF spreadsheet cascade strengths reportTaking a Gallup report, we can scan the contents and produce a small spreadsheet with the theme information, ready to paste into Cascade. We have templates for the Strengths Insight Guide, the Theme Sequence Report, the Signature Themes Reports and the new CliftonStrengths® 34 Report.

This is particularly helpful if you are preparing for a workshop where you did not supply the codes for the CSF assessment. Don’t enter the client themes manually, just send us a batch of reports. Let us do the boring bit for you.

The more reports you send, the cheaper the price per person.

Extract Themes from a Gallup Access Team Grid

Team Grid export Gallup Access Excel spreadsheet cascade strengthsSimilarly, we can take a PDF of the Team Grid from Gallup Access and extract the themes for each person. As currently there is no export feature in Gallup Access, this can save a lot of time.

Send us a PDF of the Team Grid and we can return a small spreadsheet with all the themes to paste into Cascade.

More information about The PDF Export and the Team Grid Export services are available in our shop.

CliftonStrengths 34 Report

Cascade My 34 theme report strengthsfinder chartThe new CliftonStrengths 34 Report offers a lot of depth to help clients explore their 34 themes. To help summarise the information from the 25 pages, several coaches also supply the My 34 Theme Report in Cascade. The one-page visual representations of their theme distribution can add further insights at a glance.

Looking Ahead with Cascade

A lot of work is underway to bring you the next version of Cascade. The aim is to make it more intuitive and easier to use. In addition to the features mentioned last month, here are some more benefits.

  • The Team Grid is stepping up to a new level, offering new features and display options.
  • We are also introducing One Click printing and simplifying the way to create PDFs for individual reports.
  • The Personal Insights page will have an option to show the Metaphors and Barrier Labels.
  • The reports will feature the revised theme and domain descriptions Gallup launched this month.

Most of the new features will only be available with the Bonus Pack. To reflect the additional value of the Bonus Pack, we will be increasing its price by £10 (about $13 or €11) in December. Those already with the Bonus pack do not need to do anything. However, if you don’t yet have the Bonus Pack, now is a good time to get it. Click here for more information.

Would you like to help test the new version of Cascade before the launch? If you have an eye for detail and are able to review some of the new features, please Contact Us.

Testing Cascade on the recently released Office 2019 is not identifying any issues. However, we are noticing some errors with the Mac Mojave release when creating PDFs. See the piece below for details.

Creating PDFs with Mac Mojave

The recent Mojave update for Mac, version 10.14 has new security features. There are additional steps if you want to create PDFs from Cascade to grant permission to the folders. Without these steps, you may experience Error 75 or Error 1004.

See the support article Creating PDFs with Mac Mojave for more information.

Thank you to John, Florence, Emma and Deon for your help in testing and refining the workaround.

How far would you go to get a Coach?

need a coach richard sterry and becky hammondThis week I am honored to be included in Becky Hammond’s latest podcast series as she explores my strengths story.

She asks such great questions and discovers how my strengths have changed my life. Listen to the 30-minute podcast here

Black Friday Special

Cascade Friday discountThank you for reading this far and we have a special offer for Black Friday. We are giving away a 10% discount on ALL our products!

Use the coupon code BLACK at the Checkout. This offer is only valid for Friday 23rd November 2018 and cannot be used with any other offer.

Please share this with your friends or upgrade your Cascade with the Bonus Pack or the Go Large module.

Next Issue

Next time we will reveal more about the new version of Cascade. To receive an email notification of the next Cascade Connection, sign up here.

If you have any questions, please just ask.