Cascade Connection -Issue 31

Cascade Connection -Issue 31

Supporting our Coaching Community Across the Globe

Cascade Connection news global coaching community

We love how the Cascade Community connects coaches from all around the world. Recently we hit a new milestone of coaches benefiting from Cascade in more than 60 countries!

So as more people start using Cascade, we’d love to make it as easy as possible for everyone in our global coaching community – new and old – to get the best from the reports. We want to make sure that being part of the Cascade Community, and using our resources, makes your life easier.

Here’s what’s covered in this issue:


Strengths Bring Need Cascade popular report

Intrigued to know which Cascade resource is most helpful, we recently asked our Facebook group members.

The most popular answer was The Brings & Needs Report. The simple and invaluable document highlights 5 themes per page, describing what each one brings and what it needs to thrive.

This report is unique to Cascade. It helps both coaches and clients quickly understand the breadth of their themes.

It can also be a real time-saver. For example, have you ever prepared a workshop session and arrived to discover that one person hasn’t read any of their CliftonStrengths® assessment reports?! The Brings and Needs Report provides a brilliant, quick overview of their themes so they can still participate in your session.

Find out more about The Brings & Needs Report, including how it can increase confidence, improve working relationships and help individuals lacking in motivation.

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PS. If you haven’t already, why not join our active and friendly Cascade Strengths Community on Facebook to engage in these sorts of discussions and more?




Are you New? Welcome to the Cascade Community!

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Cascade’s global coaching community

The Cascade Community continues to grow rapidly. There are now thousands of coaches from more than 60 countries worldwide benefiting from the Cascade reports. We especially love welcoming new members. So we’re thrilled to have you join our global coaching community!

To help those new to Cascade – or as a reminder for those who aren’t so new – here are a few pointers to help you find and use the resources you need…

Getting Started

A nice and easy way to understand Cascade is to watch our Getting Started video. It’ll show you how to set up Cascade, import your themes from Gallup, create reports and more.

Which Report to Use and When?

With so many Cascade resources now available, you could find the options a bit overwhelming. So we recently published two new guides – one for individual coaching; and one for team or management level coaching. Each guide identifies a variety of coaching situations and recommends a suitable Cascade report to use in each scenario:

Making the Most of the Theme Table

One of the biggest tips we give new users is to save all your clients or staff in one copy of Cascade whenever possible. This gives you the greatest flexibility going forwards. Plus it makes things simpler when there’s a new Cascade version.

Once you’ve added your contacts, use the blue left-hand columns in the Theme Table to identify the company, team, cohort or workshop session etc you want. Then you can select just that group in the Team Grid to filter their names.

After adding people to the Theme Table, click on the Reset Formatting button. Then in the Team Grid, click on the Refresh Page button. These two steps will help the rest of Cascade run smoothly.

To remove someone from the Theme Table, highlight their name and themes, then press the Delete key. Click on the blue A/Z sort button in column G to move the empty row to the bottom of the table.

PDF Troubleshooting

When creating PDF reports, most initial errors are fixed by checking the Folder Path in the Settings section of the Cascade Menu. Click on Insert Path, then Test Path. In Windows, make sure the path starts with C:\… and not http:\\…

Help with the Reports

Cascade website help

At the top of the Cascade pages, you can find options to adjust the report and select the number of themes to show. For help with any of the reports, click on the green ? to see our dedicated web page for that report.

Need more Help?

  • We have a comprehensive online Support Section. Here you’ll find a wide range of articles giving help and guidance on specific topics. Check this out first to quickly access the answers you need.
  • If you’re still stuck, we’d love to help you get sorted. Use the Contact Us form to request assistance. If we can’t help you with a simple email reply, we offer the opportunity to connect via Zoom to guide you personally.



What’s Coming Next with Cascade?

We are continually investing to improve and develop Cascade in response to your feedback, the needs of the Strengths coaching environment, and technological advances.

This is a heads-up that we are currently working away behind the scenes with other coaches, getting a new update ready for you. We’re hoping to release it in late September. We think it’ll add a bit more sparkle to your coaching offering! 😊

For example, we’re making changes that will enable you to make the individual reports even more personal for your clients. Plus adding a new Strengths Advantage worksheet on the topic of deepening team trust and collaboration.

We’ll be sharing more information about this new Cascade release at the end of September.




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

Richard and the Cascade Team

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Cascade Connection -Issue 30

Cascade Connection -Issue 30

How to Choose the Best Coaching Tools for Teams and Individuals

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In this issue we share two powerful resources to help you select which Cascade reports to use for different coaching situations.

One guide is designed for Team Coaching scenarios, including working with Leaders and Managers. The other focuses on the best tools to use in Individual Coaching conversations.

We also feature Strengths legend Murray Guest interviewing Richard Sterry, the creator of Cascade, about how his Strengths helped him through lockdown.




Team Coaching Guide

Team Strengths Coaching tools

In team coaching, the key challenge is to not only understand what makes a good team but be able to apply that understanding to each team, helping it to become the best version of itself. That also means knowing the right coaching resource for each situation you encounter.

We’ve designed the Team Coaching Guide as a practical tool to help you quickly decide which Cascade report is the best fit for your conversation.

The guide explains why and how the Cascade resources will help you enhance the CliftonStrengths® results for the team in your workshop. There are five main subject areas, each with several sub-topics to help you quickly find what you need.

Main Subject Areas



Individual Coaching Guide

Personal coaching ideas from Cascade

How do you select the perfect tool to use in a 1:1 coaching conversation? Especially when there are so many different potential scenarios to address? And lots of Cascade reports to help your client unpack their CliftonStrengths® themes?

Designed specifically for 1:1 sessions, the Individual Coaching Guide features six main areas with several topics under each one. For every topic, we explore different situations and explain which Cascade reports will be most helpful, and why.

Main Subject Areas



Inspired Energy – Murray Guest’s Podcast featuring Richard Sterry

Inspired energy Murray Guest with Richard Sterry

Listen to Cascade Creator Richard Sterry’s inspirational conversation with Murray Guest as he shares how he uses his Strengths to shape his business.

Richard talks specifically about his powerful theme of Harmony® and how it helped him respond to the challenges of the COVID crisis and lockdown.

Plus if you listen through to the end, you’ll get to hear Richard’s own definition of Inspired Energy… it’s a good one!

PS. If you haven’t come across Murray Guest’s Inspired Energy podcast before, this is how he describes what he does:

“I love having conversations that matter and connecting with people who are passionate about their area of expertise, helping them share their inspiration and practical tips. You’ll find inspiring episodes on strengths, leadership, culture, health, mindset, fear, and more.”




Discover and Connect

  • For more help on using Cascade and the different reports and tools available, check out our Support section.
  • If you can’t find the help you need online, please contact us quoting your Cascade license number (C followed by 5 digits shown at the top of the Cascade menu).
  • Join our active and friendly Cascade Strengths Community on Facebook to learn and share with other coaches.
  • Connect with Richard Sterry on LinkedIn to build your network.
  • If you have a story to share in a future issue of Cascade Connection, we’d love to hear it! Please get in touch.

Thank you for being part of the Cascade Community!

Richard and the Cascade Team

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