Cascade Connection -Issue 34

Cascade Connection -Issue 34

Thank you for Strengthening the Strengths Movement with us

Cascade Connection news - read the highlights of 2021 and how we've made significant steps forward in strengthening the Strengths movement this year

As 2021 draws to close, and we have the opportunity to reflect back on this unusual year, we wanted to pause and say “thank you”.

Despite the challenges 2021 has thrown at us all, we are proud to have made some significant steps forward in our mission – strengthening the Strengths movement. You, the Cascade Community, have played a big part in that progress. We are truly grateful for your support.

So in this issue, join us to explore the highlights of what we’ve achieved together in 2021, including:

  • New resources you’ve helped shape and are now actively using.
  • Advances made in new topics, such as mindset resilience and psychological safety, and how these are deepening coaching insights and impact.
  • Long-standing reports that continue to help coaches around the world.

We hope you find this round-up inspiring and encouraging – and also helpful in making sure you’re fully equipped with all the resources you need for 2022.



Powerful coaching tools – key new resources in 2021

Strengthening the Strengths Movement through 20 Different Strengths Advantage Worksheets

With our aim of strengthening the Strengths movement, our focus is never static. We’re always working with you to explore new ways to increase coaching effectiveness, both for you and for your clients. For example, we now have over 20 different Strengths Advantage worksheets to help you guide your clients to apply their Strengths successfully in a wide range of scenarios.

Helping you find what you need

We also want to make your life as a coach as simple as possible. So with an ever-expanding list of Cascade tools, we spent some time this summer collating everything together to produce two guides to help you quickly and easily find which resources you need. We’d suggest bookmarking these for frequent reference!

A good place to start

If you’re still quite new to Cascade – or in need of a refresher – we also created a Getting Started video this year. In it, Cascade founder Richard talks through how to use Cascade and its main features.

Personal is best

Finally, we’ve had lots of positive feedback on a recent new feature in Cascade that allows you to write your own title text at the top of a report. It’s such a simple thing! But it’s amazing how making a report more personal to better match a client’s situation makes the world of difference. Discover more here.



Digging deeper into well-being topics

In a year full of challenges, there’s rightly been a deepening focus on well-being across the coaching community and beyond. So in response, we’ve developed new resources to help us all expand our understanding of well-being topics through the power of Strengths.

Psychological Safety
One area we've worked on in 2021 to further our aim of strengthening the Strengths movement is Psychological Safety

One big area of interest has been Psychological Safety. Particularly how to nurture it in workplace environments to improve team health and performance. So one of our most important areas of progress this year has been the creation of a Psychological Safety Strengths Advantage worksheet. We were thrilled to do this in collaboration with several coaches qualified in the topic and to get the endorsement of LeaderFactor to base the resource on their model of the 4 Stages of Psychological Safety.

Check out our blog with more background info on this topic. You’ll discover how combining it with Strengths can really help you understand what’s needed to create a safe environment.

Mindset resilience
Our new resource on Mindset Resilience has also helped us in our mission of strengthening the Strengths movement

The second big highlight for us under this wide topic of well-being was the development of a new resource on mindset resilience. Again, something much needed in these current times. We created this new Strengths Advance worksheet jointly with Laura Everest, whose own story of finding mental toughness after tragedy is truly inspirational.

Read our blog on Laura’s story, and explore how her experiences and the new resource will help you widen your coaching offering.



Much-loved reports still going strong

In a survey of our Facebook group earlier this year, we were fascinated to discover the most popular Cascade resource. The result? The Brings & Needs Report!

The Power of 2 report is another favourite among the Cascade Community

By unpacking what each of a client’s top 5 themes “brings” and “needs”, this report provides a brilliant insight into how they thrive. It’s unique to Cascade. So definitely add it to your coaching arsenal if you haven’t already!

We’ve also enhanced another popular resource – The Power of 2 – to encompass The Power of Me. Again, this report provides powerful new insights for your clients in how their themes blend to make them uniquely equipped.

It’s also great for creating personal statements as the report provides key theme phrases that can be combined. With endless combinations, you and your clients can pick phrases that resonate best and will be the most helpful for them to lean into going forwards.



Get ready for 2022

If you haven’t yet upgraded to the latest version of Cascade, why not use the quiet period after the festivities to download the update and get yourself ready for next year?!

Lots of the new resources detailed above are contained within the latest version. So you do need to have this in place to get the most out of Cascade. Follow our how-to guide for instructions on how to upgrade:

How to update Cascade to the latest version

Don’t forget that you need to have renewed your support package to be able to access the latest version. You’ll get access to all the upgrades and great new features for 12 months. Plus benefit from full technical support during this period too.

If your support package has expired but you want to renew it now to get ready for 2022, click on the relevant link below:

If you need help updating your version of Cascade or renewing your support package, please contact us quoting your Cascade license number.

You can also schedule a Zoom meeting so that we can guide you through updating or using Cascade. Visit our calendar to book a free session.

Other ideas to help get yourself ready

We’re delighted that as we continue our aim of strengthening the Strengths movement, we can now call ourselves a truly global enterprise. There are thousands of coaches using Cascade in over 60 different countries.

Thank you for being part of this! And part of a community that chooses to learn, develop and overcome challenges together. All with the desire to provide the best care, insight and guidance for our coaching clients.

We hope you have a restful and restorative break this festive season. We look forward to forging ahead with you in 2022.

Richard, Jill 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.




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.

grow business with more clients power words

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.

team collaboration strengths power of 2 Cascade more clients

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.

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!

Update: As this is now an old post, the video is no longer available.




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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Cascade Connection -Issue 27

Cascade Connection -Issue 27

Care Coaching – new Cascade resources to help you care for a loved one and take care of yourself

Cascade Connection Strengths News

Do you care for a loved one who is going through a traumatic illness? Perhaps suffering from cancer, a stroke or living with dementia?

Cascade has teamed up with Dawn F. Landry and her book ARMORED to create coaching resources to help you apply your strengths during these challenging times. Designed for use by coaches personally, or with clients who are caregivers, our new toolkit will help you provide the best care for your loved one while also looking after yourself.

In this update, we also cover:



NEW – Care Coaching worksheets

Caring for your loved one Cascade coaching

Inspired by Dawn F. Landry’s book ARMORED, we wanted to create some practical resources to help those caring for loved ones.

In the book, Strengths Coach Dawn powerfully shares how she used her strengths to provide the best care for her husband during his long-term illness. Through this experience, she developed the concept of Care Coaching.

We are delighted to work with Dawn to create a new toolkit for carers, helping you provide the best care AND taking care of yourself in these challenging situations.

Find the two new worksheets on Care Coaching in our expanded Strengths Advantage section.

More from Dawn and friends…

Shari Krueger strengths coach

Dawn’s story is special. She reminded me that we really do have what it takes to get through challenging times when we find ourselves suddenly forced to be a caregiver.

The Cascade tools gave me pause to proactively think about engaging my strengths in a potential caregiver mode to my spouse.

Shari Krueger, CEO Advisor & Gallup Certified CliftonStrengths® Facilitator

Ruth Calabrese Strengths Coach

These self-awareness questions go a long way in supporting caregivers to ask for what they need, and in return give what is most helpful to their loved one.

As a coach, I can see how helpful this clarity would be for my clients who are weathering the storm of a loved one’s crisis.

Ruth Calabrese, a Gallup Certified CliftonStrengths® and ICF Certified Leadership Coach

Dawn F Landry ARMORED

As a Cascade subscriber for several years, I have witnessed the value that it provides my clients with each use. It is such an honor to team up with Richard to offer ARMORED’s Care Coaching Worksheets in Cascade.

Throughout our development process, Richard’s and my respective strengths were not only activated, but perfectly aligned to successfully create this new enhancement to an already fantastic product — Cascade.

Dawn F. Landry, Author, Gallup Certified CliftonStrengths® Coach & CEO of Authentizity

Listen to Dawn live…

Gallup Strengths Success Story

Hear Dawn share her Success Story on Gallup’s Called to Coach webcast. Watch live on Friday 5th March 2021. 12pm CET / 6pm GMT.




Turn up the Power

The Power of 2 and the recently introduced Power of Me worksheets are proving to be very popular. We have stepped them up to the next level, from just the top 5 themes, to now show themes 6 – 10.

Chose from the radio buttons at the top of the page to show the top 5 or the themes 6 – 10 on each axis. The Power of Me worksheet can now show the top 5 across the top and the next 5 themes down the side. This is particularly helpful when most of the top 5 themes are in the same domain.

Cascade power theme selection

Thank you Holly and Deon for your suggestions that led to these improvements!




NEW – Getting Started video

Getting Started with Cascade Introduction video

Do you wonder if you are doing the right thing with Cascade? Would you like to see how to create a team report?

Watch the latest addition to our Getting Started support pages – a brief (18 minute) video introduction to Cascade.

The video will show you how to export themes from Gallup Access, then import them into Cascade. We’ll also go through how to work with the Theme Table and select teams in the Team Grid.

Even if you’re not a Cascade beginner, we’d recommend watching the video. You may even pick up a new tip – or two!




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).


Many thanks as always to all those who have helped with the development of the latest Cascade resources. Dawn, Shari, Ruth, Holly and Deon, we are so grateful for your valuable input!

Richard and the Cascade Team

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Cascade Connection -Issue 26

Cascade Connection -Issue 26

Expanding Theme Dynamics with the Power of Me

Cascade Connection Strengths News

Have you ever combined two things and been surprised at the outcome? Think sweet and salty popcorn for example! It’s the same with Strengths themes. You might understand them fully as individual themes. But what if you combine them?

Cascade’s new The Power of Me worksheet does just that. It helps you blend your themes to gain new insights.

Read on to hear from coaches Holly Magnuson and Ron Johnson. They both share their personal experiences of this recent addition to the Cascade set of tools for Strengths Coaches.



The Power of Me

power of me theme dynamics Gallup Cascade

A greater awareness of who you are and how you tick will increase your confidence in yourself as a coach and inspire confidence in your clients. So the more insights you have, and can share, the better.

By creating powerful combinations of your top themes, The Power of Me worksheet in Cascade will help you explore theme dynamics with fresh insights. The worksheet enables you to easily mix the descriptive words from one theme with the role of another. Like sweet and salty popcorn, the results can be fascinating!

For example, a person with the themes of Analytical® and Harmony® might result in ‘A questioning negotiator’. Analytical® with Focus® can be ‘A data-driven goal setter’. Harmony® with Focus® could be ‘A practical prioritizer’.

Find out more here. Or to try out the Power of Me worksheet, head to the Power of 2 section in your Cascade software. At the top, there is the option to select the theme element, choose The Power of Me. (NB. You will need Cascade version 2.0r05c. Find out how to update to the latest version here.)


Fresh Theme Dynamics – Holly Magnuson

Holly Magnuson

Holly Magnuson works with college students, faculty, and staff members in California helping them move from “naming to aiming” their Strengths in their day to day life.

The goal early in the coaching relationship is for the client to move beyond looking at their Themes individually but at how they complement each other: Theme Dynamics. This is an exercise that I added to my practice after my coaching session with Jo Self. In the exercise, I attempted to have clients choose a word from “The Role I Play” box of their number one Talent Theme and then a word from “Descriptive Words” section for Talent Themes two through five.

The problem was that many times clients would get lost on which box to look at when or they would get distracted with the other information. This problem had me to the point of trying to develop my own worksheet. But I really didn’t have the time or desire to do it. Then I downloaded the newest version of Cascade in early December and found the “Power of Me” option. I was so excited, I think I actually shouted out loud!

The layout of The Power of Me sheet helps the client narrow their focus to this one area of development: Theme Dynamics. The layout of the sheet is familiar as most of my clients have worked with Excel spreadsheets, so this adds an important visual aspect. As the client writes or types their roles with their descriptive words they begin to see the power of Theme Dynamics. I’m excited to see how this tool helps my clients go from the naming their Talents to combining them together to really aim them at the things they want to accomplish.


A New Perspective – Ron Johnson

Ron Johnson is an experienced faith-based coach who works with the international charity The Voice of the Martyrs from his hometown in California.

Exploring the concept of The Power of Me on himself first, Ron circled three key descriptive words and three key role words within each of his Top 5 Signature Themes. Then for each of his themes, he combined one descriptive word and one role word. The results for his themes of Responsibility®, Learner® and Analytical®, gave him:

  • Dependable Volunteer
  • Studious Committer
  • Dispassionate Responder
Using The Power of Me in Wellbeing Coaching

Ron writes: “I used the Power of Me with a faith-based leadership team who manages their own staff team. Our coaching session helped each of them identify their own Descriptive Words and Roles for their personal wellbeing and as a manager. Their new Gallup Theme Dynamic!

Ron received some great feedback from the team:

#1  My new theme dynamic, from the Power of Me, describes how I do my personal hiking!

#2 I like how combining two of my individual themes makes a new powerful combination of themes. 

#3 In the past I only looked at one theme at a time. This gives me an entire new way of seeing how I can use my themes!

#4 This can help me explain in a new way, why I do what I do, when I pair up two themes!

I want to thank Richard Sterry of Cascade for adding the new Gallup CliftonStrengths® chart “The Power of Me” – the combination of Descriptive Words and Roles.


Looking ahead to 2021

Our calendar for webinars in 2021 is already taking shape. But there’s still space for more, so we’d be delighted to receive any invitations to speak at Mastermind groups over the next few months.

During the sessions, we can share the benefits of Cascade for individual or team coaching and help participants get more out of the reports. We can also tailor the session to your specific needs. For both beginners and more advanced users, we can also reveal timesaving tips and secret features tucked away. Contact us if you would like to host a session and benefit those in your coaching community.

Look out for more updates coming soon regarding planned virtual events you can join.



Do you have the latest release of Cascade?

Back in December, we released a new version of Cascade with two new worksheets (Performance SeQuEnCe and The Power of Me). Plus we launched the German Language Pack.

The current version is 2.0r05c. 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).

Richard and the Cascade Team

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