Cascade Connection -Issue 24

Cascade Connection -Issue 24

Add Power and Performance with the new version of Cascade

Cascade Connection Strengths News

Want to discover the power of your top five themes and understand how they can increase performance? Read on to learn how the latest Cascade improvements will provide you with the tools you need…

We also hear from coach Murray Guest on the benefits of using strengths at home.

Cascade Version 2.0r05c

In our latest Cascade update, we’ve added new tools to help you enhance the impact of your strengths coaching.

The highlights are:

  • New Performance SeQuEnCe worksheet
  • New The Power of Me worksheet
  • Addition of the German Language Pack

You’ll find more information on each of these new elements in the sections below.

Our other improvements include strengthening the Theme Import process and the PDF creation on OneDrive. We’ve also added some little extras to the All 34 report and updated the heading for the Personal Insights report. Check out a full list of improvements in the Change Log.

Performance SeQuEnCe

Personal Performance SeQuEnCe strengths

Working with Dries Lombaard and Joe Holloway, we’ve developed a new worksheet that assesses the impact of your strengths in relation to performance. By considering four different aspects, Dries’ SeQuEnCe model explores how your themes might aid or hinder your progress of working towards a goal.

The SeQuEnCe performance elements are:

  • Speed
  • Quality
  • Endurance
  • Creativity

Discover more about the Performance SeQuEnCe in the Theme Advantage section of Cascade.

The Power of Me

power of me personal performance strengths cascade

Do you want to understand more about your inner power? Our new Power of Me worksheet cleverly draws out the power phrases from your top five themes. By combining these Descriptive Words with your Role I Play Statements, you’ll gain new insights and see what opportunities exist to build on the power of your themes.

This worksheet is adapted from the Power of 2. Find out more about The Power of Me.

Cascade in German

Working with a global team of coaches, we’re thrilled to announce the launch of the new German Language Pack. This third language option for Cascade adds to the existing French and Spanish Language Packs.

German strengths Cascade language

We had a battle to squeeze the longer German words and theme names into the Cascade report structure. But thanks to everyone’s help, we managed it!

Thank you to Gallup Licensing and coaches Nicole Seichter, Marisol von Appen, Ralph Rickenbach, Andrzej Pyrka and Kathrin Griebsch for making the German version possible.

How can I get the latest version?

Cascade version 2.0r05b2 was launched in December 2020. Click on the button below to access a step by step download guide.

Check out the full list of updates and improvements in the Change Log.

The Benefits of Strengths at Home

Understanding and building on our strengths is powerful individually. It helps personally as well as professionally. But just like how focusing on strengths within a team multiplies the effect, the same is true at home.

One of the many coaches making a difference to their community is Murray Guest. Murry lives near Newcastle, Australia and runs Inspire my Business. He writes:

In many programs, participants ask if their partner can also complete the strengths assessment. Of course, I say yes! I go on to explain the positive and helpful impact of knowing my strengths and my wife’s strengths has had. How it’s helped our communication, parenting, management of our house and generally making each other right. I also share many stories of other participants who have had similar experiences.

Once my clients’ partners have completed their CliftonStrengths® assessment, I provide them with the Power of 2 and Personal Insights worksheets. These tools from Cascade help them on their strengths-based journey as a couple and enable deeper, more meaningful conversations.

Murray Guest, Inspire My Business

Murry Guest Strengths Coach

Powerful together

Cascade strengths facebook group

Want to enjoy the power of being part of an active coaching community?

The new Cascade Strengths Facebook group is buzzing with activity.

Join in now to get top-tips, learn from others, share your ideas, and see sneak previews of new features.

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 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 21

Cascade Connection -Issue 21

Cascade connection theme insights discovery cardsDeeper Conversations

Coaches tell us that Cascade reports enable them to take client discussions to a new level. They encourage deeper conversations. And more meaningful results.

In this update, we explore some inspiring stories that show just how true this is. Especially in the areas of resolving conflict, team building and confident networking. Plus we share a preview of Gallup’s new Domain colours, and how we’re adapting the Cascade reports to match:

Coaching through conflict

Following Amy Fredrick’s excellent presentation in the Gallup At Work Summit, we caught up with her for a quick chat.

In this short video, Amy describes how she uses Cascade’s Power of 2 report to quickly resolve conflict between team members. And how this has a powerful effect on the whole team…

When you quickly resolve the conflict between two individuals, the tension in the team is relieved – and engagement and productivity increase.”

Empowering deeper conversations with Brings & Needs

Cascade bring need strengthsfinder deeper conversations contributions confidence

Coaches tell us that one of the most useful items in Cascade is the Brings & Needs report. By clearly identifying what a person’s themes bring and what they need, this report is a powerful tool.

We’ve been excited to hear the many different ways in which coaches are sharing and using the Brings & Needs reports with their clients.

Let’s take a look at some inspiring examples so you can see how…

A cover page to help you share with the whole team

Alicia Santamaria Gallup Strengths coach deeper conversations

Cascade’s Brings & Needs Report is one of my clients’ favorites! In addition to using them in my 1-1 coaching, they are a very powerful tool to use with teams.

Previously, I only provide people with their own Brings & Needs report. Now I make Bring/Need packets for each team member, complete with a cover page and a copy of everyone’s Brings & Needs Reports.

One activity is to have participants identify (and share) a contribution they want to make sure their colleagues know about and a key need they have that might currently be unfulfilled. There are several other ways to use the report in the session and afterwards, which are outlined on the cover page.

My clients tell me over and over again how valuable this information is to help them understand themselves and each other better. Thank you Cascade!

Alicia Santamaria CEO, adelante coaching + consulting

Finding talking points

Ken Bar Jr from Michigan is a Gallup Strengths Coach and Licensed Professional Counselor, working frequently in education and non-profit sectors. In this short film, he shares how he uses the Brings & Needs report to generate talking points.

Ken Barr Jr Brings Needs

“It has the power to change the way you interact with your colleagues.”

Building networking confidence

Meryl Naisby from Johannesburg, South Africa encourages her clients to actively share their Brings & Needs report with colleagues.

Meryl Naisby South Africa deeper conversations

I find this gives my clients the confidence to use the report to further network within their organisation and share it with people from different areas within the business.”

Read how Meryl works with the Brings & Needs report in the full conversation.

New Domain colours

In August, Gallup will be changing the Domain colours in order to make them ADA (American Disability Act) compliant.

The most noticeable difference is the Strategic Thinking domain changing from Red to Green.

To keep in step, we will reflect these changes in Cascade with a new release also in August. As you can see, we’ve already begun drafting the new-look Team Grid, Personal Insights report and Team Summary

Gallup domain colors green CliftonStrengths reports

Did you Know?

Whilst we’re always happy to answer your queries, don’t forget that our Support Hub provides help for frequently asked questions.

Cascade help support search

Many of our website pages also have a search feature to find relevant articles. Enter a keyword for the topic you need, then see a shortlist of articles.

Next Time

In our next update, we’ll have information about the release of Cascade with the new domain colours. And lots more inspirational stories of great coaching work happening around the world!

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 3

Cascade Connection – Issue 3

Cascade connection news letter tips help advice support communityWelcome to the third edition of the Cascade Connection. A special welcome to our new readers this month, particularly several from Texas and Florida. I hope you all find something here of interest.
Here we look at a report to enhance conversations about collaboration and overcoming conflict. We see what is happening with the Strengths Twins and we also share a special event on 1st May.

April 2018

The Power of 2

Improving collaboration and resolving conflicts often feature in coaching conversations. Here we discuss some practical steps to help two people increase their effectiveness when working together.

power of 2 Strengthsfinder compare top 5 theme pairs Cascade collaboration strengths conflict

The Power of 2 worksheet in Cascade is a simple matrix with one person’s themes across the top and another person’s themes down the side.

The points of discussion come at the intersection of the two themes. Explore how the themes can enhance each other so together they can make the result exceptional. It is a bit like 1 + 1 = 11. The online book Expanding Your Strengths provides suggestions for powerful partnerships.

Conversely, how can the two themes rub against each other and appear to be pulling in opposite directions? It is all about appreciating the differences each theme can bring. Consider the intensity of each theme relative to the specific situation.

This concept can help a manager understand each person in their team better. Outside the workplace, share this with a married couple to help strengthen their relationship.

Facilitating Conversations

Alicia Santamaria, a conflict resolution expert in San-Francisco writes “There have been times in my coaching and team facilitation, where two people (colleagues or supervisor/direct report) have benefitted from dedicated time talking together about their particular partnership. Cascade’s Power of 2 matrix is a simple but powerful tool to use to structure this strengths-based conversation. Several clients have expressed gratitude for having this resource to help them self-facilitate their partnership conversation. As a result of the conversation and time spent understanding each other’s strengths, they are working even more cohesively together.”

Alicia has created an activity guide to accompany Cascade’s Power of 2 worksheet. You can see her guide here.

Measuring Effectiveness

Power of 2 review worksheet conversations PDF Strengthsfinder Cascade compare theme

Deon Rademeyer from Australia has kindly produced a checklist to identify the effectiveness of a partnership. It helps to highlight the areas working well and what needs to improve. It can also show up an imbalance of understanding between the two people.

Use the review to provide a clear benchmark at the outset of a conversation. Have each person complete the review independently, then compare notes. At the end of the coaching process, use it again to demonstrate a tangible measure of improvement.

Click on the image to see the full worksheet

Command® vs Harmony®.

Pippa Shaper a Strengths Coach in South Africa shares a recent coaching session with a business owner and his PA. She writes “Amongst the Cascade tools I used with them both was the Power of 2, to help explain how they could celebrate the strengths they shared in common, as well as see the huge possibilities arising from some of their other strengths, which were quite different.

The business owner has Command® as a theme in his top five, whilst his PA has Harmony® and Restorative®. Rather than regarding these particular strengths as strange and foreign in each other, the Power of 2 enabled them to see how Harmony and Restorative can solve problems and settle disagreements within the team when the business owner’s Command could have been a lot blunter and to the point! She was also able to see that the directness of Command could be very useful to take control of a situation when all else had failed to try and smooth things over with consensus.

Through the use of colour on the Power of 2 page, they were both able to see that the ‘boss’, being strong in the Strategic Thinking and Influencing domain, was wonderfully balanced by his PA’s strength in the Executing and Relationship domains. This session gave them both a new appreciation for the other, knowing now what strengths they should be ‘borrowing’ from each other as and when needed.”


Called to Coach

Gallup Called to Coach Richard Sterry Cascade strengths twinsOn Tuesday 1st May, Jim Collison and his team have kindly invited me on Called to Coach. I am looking forward to joining the session and sharing the story behind Cascade. If time permits, we may cover how the Strengths Twins initiative was born.

Please try to listen live where you can join in with the chat room to ask any questions. I would value your support for Cascade and how it is making a difference to your coaching practice. Let’s keep Jim busy with all of your comments!

As the event has passed, click here to listen to the recording.


Strengths Twins Reach 50

strengths twins top 5 strengthsfinder themes match triplet Last month we matched our 50th pair of Strengths Twins. Two people with the same top 5 themes, in any order. Statistically, the chances are 1 in 278,000.

As more people join the hunt to discover their ‘other self’ the number of pairings increase and new conversations begin.

Read more in the recent blog post.

Latest Updates

The most recent version of Cascade is v2.0r01d which adds enhancements to the Labels page. 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 Alicia, Deon and Pippa for your contributions this month. We would love to share your experience and discuss aspects to help you get the most from the Cascade strengths reports. Please Contact us with any comments or your Cascade story.

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