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.

Discover and Connect

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

Richard and the Cascade Team

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Cascade Connection -Issue 22

Cascade Connection -Issue 22

Cascade connection theme insights discovery cardsNew Domain Colors, Cascade update and motivation.

What do new Domain colors, a Cascade update and motivation have in common?

The simple answer is that they are all the focus of our latest projects to provide you with a fresh and invigorating approach to working with your clients…

New Domain Colors

Gallup is changing the Domain colors for all their reports and materials this August and September. And we’re updating the Cascade reports to match.

Gallup’s reason for the change is to make their materials ADA (American Disability Act) compliant. One difference you’ll spot immediately is the change from Red to Green for the Strategic Thinking Domain.

Our latest release of Cascade reflects all Gallup’s changes. To give you a sneak peek, here’s the new look Team Grid, Personal Insights report and Team Summary

Gallup new domain colors green CliftonStrengths reports

New Cascade Version

The new release of Cascade (v2.0r05a) has lots of small tweaks and improvements. We’ve created a short video to guide you through the main differences and to help you make the most of the new version (watch it below).

But first, here’s a summary of the main changes…

1. Print Domain Totals in the Team Grid

team grid print domain totals Cascade strengths new colors

A few coaches have asked how to print the Domain totals in the Team Grid. This is the table on the right of the page, giving the number of themes for each person by Domain.

Using the table, you can help your clients identify concentrations of themes in a particular Domain.

We’ve added a new button at the top of the table to turn the printing of the table on or off. It expands the print area on the page to include or hide the table from the Team Grid printout or PDF.

Top tip: Did you know you can sort the people in the Team Grid depending on how many themes they have in a Domain? Click on the down-arrow below the name of a Domain to open the Filter options. Selecting the Sort ‘Largest to Smallest’ will bring the people with the most themes in that Domain to the top of the grid.

2. PDF filenames

We know that many coaches like to print the team reports for the top 5 and the top 10 themes. Previously, both PDF files automatically had the same file name. So we’ve now added the number of themes to the end of PDF filename. For example, TeamName – Team Grid – T10.pdf

3. Language updates

Following the launch of the reports in French and Spanish, we’ve made some minor tweaks to the Spanish translations to improve usability. The Team Profiles, Roles and All 34 reports now support multiple languages and we’re getting ready to release the reports in German soon too.

Watch Richard explain all the latest changes in this short video:

How to download the latest version of Cascade

Download the latest version of Cascade with a link from a previous email or from within Cascade itself.

See our guide detailing the steps: How to update Cascade to the latest version.

Free updates are available for those with a current Cascade license. This applies either within the first year of purchase or with a valid Support pack.

If you need help: please contact us quoting your Cascade license number (C followed by 5 digits at the top of the Cascade Menu).

Coaching Tips to Increase your Client’s Motivation

increase motivation and resilience with strengths

Several coaches have mentioned that they are keen to help their clients increase motivation and resilience during these challenging times.

So we have put together some practical steps using the Cascade reports that give fresh inspiration and ideas.

We explain how a strengths-based approach, underpinned by some of the key Cascade tools, can help you increase your client’s energy, focus and zest for life.

Read the full article

Thank you

Thank you for being part of this Strengths Community and please get in touch if you have a Cascade story to share, or just want a chat.

Richard and the Cascade Team

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Cascade Connection – Issue 6

Cascade Connection – Issue 6

Welcome to a special July edition of the Cascade Connection. We launch the new version of Cascade with two brand new reports and a massive time-saving feature. If you read all the way down to the bottom, you’ll find another gem.
We also look forward to meeting many of you at the Clifton Strengths Summit in Omaha.

July 2018

Cascade Just Gets Better!

Cascade connection news letter tips help advice support community

The new version of Cascade is now available with three major new features.

  • A new report visually displaying all 34 themes for an individual.
  • A new worksheet to help clients take advantage of their themes in different situations.
  • The ability to create PDF reports for a whole team in just a few moments.
    Read on to find out more.
My 34 Themes

Cascade My 34 theme report strengthsfinder chartAs Gallup is making it easier to access all 34 themes, we put together a special report to help with these coaching conversations.  The My 34 report shows all 34 themes for a person with their own Spark chart and domain Pie chart.

Adjusting the number of dominant themes tailors the report for your client. You can also choose which Theme Insight information you want to include.

Under the terms of our Licence Agreement, we a have worked with Gallup to produce the approved report. You will need the Bonus Pack to see the My 34 report in Cascade.  More Info

Fiona Grant is a leadership coach near Washington D.C. who has worked with Strengths since 2007. She writes
“I used the new My 34 page with two very different clients and was pleased to see how meaningful the summary was for each person. I used the ‘Being & Doing’ view with one, and the ‘Motivators/Demotivators’ view with another. They thought their summaries were both cool and insightful. The client with Communication as his #1 theme liked it so much he forwarded his along to his boss and suggested they consider a team workshop. Cascade is becoming an excellent sales asset for my business —  the one-page summaries are perfect for showing executives the value of the Strengths framework.”

Theme Advantage

Cascade strengths theme advantage report grid strengthsfinder matrixThere are lots of management models and theories to increase understanding of situations. Helping your client take advantage of their themes for each stage of a process will give them the edge. The new Theme Advantage page shows the client’s themes and the steps of a process on a grid. Exploring how their themes can contribute to each step will open up new opportunities. This is very much a worksheet to help start a potentially difficult conversation.

The standard version of Cascade includes various productivity areas which parallel with the four domains. The Bonus Pack opens up Leadership models and Project Management concepts.

We welcome feedback on this new worksheet and will add more models in future releases.  More Info

Florence Hardy is a Strengths coach and facilitator near Paris, France. She writes
“Wow impressed after my 30 mins exploring and testing this morning. LOVE, love, love the advantage page!!!! it’s like the Return of the Jedi for me (aka – the return of the theme map, in a much more mature version). Love it. Will apply to myself “How to get things done” lol.”

Create Multiple PDF Reports for a Team

Cascade PDF strengthsfinder reports team email zipMany coaches create PDF reports in Cascade for their clients. Whilst this is fine on an individual basis, creating 10’s of PDF documents for a team is very time-consuming. After months of research and coding, we have automated the bulk creation of PDF reports. You can now rattle off a set of personalised PDF reports for a whole team. During our testing, we created over 200 PDF documents in just a few minutes. You can quickly Zip up the files and email them to your customer.

Technical issues limit this feature to Windows with Office 2010, 2013, 2016 and Mac with Office 2016. It will not run on Mac with Office 2011.

As you may expect, this massive timesaving feature requires the Bonus Pack. More Info

Lisa Cummings an international strengths evangelist from Texas writes
“All I have to say is W00t!!! This is fantastic. I created Personal Insights Reports and Bring-Need Reports PDF for 68 people in under 5 minutes. This saves me from printing hundreds of pages. And it gives clients a handy digital file to refer back to long after our training.

Most of all, it allows me to stop travelling with carry-on bags that weigh 100 lbs. This might seem like a small thing, yet after getting stopped by security several times for “large bricks of organic matter” (my stacks of paper that must appear like cocaine in the scanners), I’m not so keen on being seen as a drug smuggler 😉 Not to mention, a few helpful people have grabbed my bag and put it in the overhead bin. After feeling the ridiculous weight from the paper, people love to ask, “Wow that’s heavy. Is there a dead body in there?” Richard, you have saved me from a perceived life of crime. All with your automated PDF function for Mac users. You’re a gem.”

Thank you

Creating new reports and testing the new features is a team effort. We want to thank you for your suggestions, ideas and time spent reviewing and checking the new version of Cascade. This is very much the Cascade Community in action. Thank you to Alicia Santamaria, Barry Rellaford, Brea Roper, Charlotte Blair, Cheryl Pace, Deon Rademeyer, Elaine Krek, Fiona Grant, Florence Hardy, Jessica Kennedy, Jennifer Miller, Jose Valcarcel, Kathie Gautille, Liz Ellis, Mary Beth Crawford, Ralph Rickenbach and Tracy Phillips.

How Can I Get the Update?

The new version of Cascade v2.0r02b is now available.

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).


Clifton Strengths Summit in Omaha

Clifton Strengths summit Gallup Omaha 2018Are you going to the Clifton Strengths Summit in Omaha? It is just a few days away and I’m looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible. I will be in Omaha on the Sunday and Monday before the Summit attending various MeetUps. Please come and say hello and it will be nice to meet you in person. I will have a small gift for you if you catch me before the Summit begins. Unfortunately, I will not be able to distribute the gifts during the Summit.

Rhonda Knight is hosting a MeetUp on Sunday evening at DJ’s Dugouts Sports Bar. More details are at Pre-Summit Coaches MeetUp


Need Help Printing?

Cascade strengths print reports PDF PowerPoint Finally, we have another gem for you. If you need help with printing reports, creating PDFs or getting reports into PowerPoint, we have a new web page that explains all.

Visit the Print Reports on the side menu to discover more.

Next Issue

Thank you Fiona, Florence and Lisa for sharing your feedback on the new features.

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