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 33

Cascade Connection -Issue 33

How do you create a psychologically safe environment?

Cascade Connection news - creating a safe environment with psychological safety

There is a lot of talk in the coaching world about the concept of Psychological Safety. Especially regarding its powerful impact on generating a positive workplace culture.

We are thrilled to have worked with experts to create a new Cascade worksheet combining Strengths with Psychological Safety. This resource will help you and your clients discover what you need to feel safe, and how to create and nurture that setting for others.

The new worksheet is the main feature of this newsletter, we also cover:



Combining Strengths with Psychological Safety

Psychological Safety creating a safe environment

Lots of coaches are increasingly aware of the importance of Psychological Safety. Research shows it’s the number 1 factor influencing team performance and success. Where it exists, individuals feel welcome, able to speak up, give feedback, experiment and learn. Which results in an innovative and productive team. Something we all want to help create.

Therefore, we’ve been delighted to work with a team of CliftonStrengths® coaches, all certified in Psychological Safety, to create a new Strengths Advantage worksheet. It’s based on LeaderFactor’s 4 Stages of Psychological Safety and has their seal of approval.

Find out more about this new resource in our blog post. We also share some helpful examples of how to use the worksheet. It’ll help you – and your clients – understand how different Strengths contribute to creating a safe environment. Plus hear from the four coaches who helped us design it.

Discover the new Strengths and Psychological Safety worksheet

Psychological Safety is a belief that one will not be punished or humiliated for speaking up with ideas, questions, concerns or mistakes.”
AMY EDMONDSON, HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL




Dig deeper with other coaches

There’s now a dedicated Facebook group for Strengths Coaches using Psychological Safety. It was set up by the coaches involved in designing our new worksheet. So if this is an area you’re working on, or wish to explore further, you can request to join the group.

Join Strengths + Psychological Safety Facebook Group



Are you using the latest version of Cascade?

We recently released a new version of Cascade – v2.0r05f. To update your copy, follow our guide:

How to update Cascade to the latest version

This release of Cascade includes:

If you need help updating your version of Cascade, 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.




Discover and Connect


Thank you for being part of the Cascade community!

Richard and the Cascade Team

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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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