Cascade Connection -Issue 13

Cascade Connection -Issue 13

Cascade connection theme insights discovery cardsHow do you Build Teams?

Bringing two teams together can be a challenge. This month we hear how the visual reports in Cascade can focus the conversations around team strengths. We also show how to select teams in the Team Grid and we have more information about the new version of Cascade.

Combining Team Strengths

Cheryl Pace is a Gallup-certified coach and Director of Organizational Improvement at The University of Kansas Medical Center. She helps employees and students understand their natural talents and how they use them to achieve the goals of the team they work on and/or achieve success in the careers they are developing.  Cheryl describes how Cascade helps her communicate better with both teams and individuals.

“I recently worked with a new department composed of two separate departments that had been combined into one.  Before the team session, I was able to meet with each individual team member to be sure they understood their CliftonStrengths® assessment results.  The Theme Insights and Bring-Need reports in Cascade add so much value to these conversations.  And everyone loves getting a Name Tent!  The highlight of the team session was being able to show Team Grids and Team Summaries for each of the departments before they combined and then to do the same for the combined team.  There were a lot of “a-ha” moments.

compare combine team strengths Cascade report chart theme frequency
Combined Team Strengths (left), Individual Team Strengths (middle & right)

In addition to the reports generated by Cascade, I was also able to take parts of reports and show them side by side to help the new department gain insights into their differences and similarities.  I’ve included one that I created comparing just the frequency reports.  Looking at this comparison generated a rich discussion about how the combined teams have more talent themes to leverage to achieve success.  A picture can be worth a thousand words.  I don’t believe our discussion would have been as productive and meaningful without Cascade!”

Team Summary

Cascade team summary report Gallup strengths themes

Comparing the Summary reports for several teams reveals visual differences in the distribution of their strengths. In addition to seeing variations across the Domains, there may be differences in the spread and intensity of the themes.

We covered articulating the strengths of a team with
Traci McCausland last month in Issue 12.

Team Selection

Cascade can provide a central repository for all your client or staff themes. With so many people in the list, how can you easily build teams for the Team Grid and the other reports?

Columns A-D on the left of the Theme Table enable you to group people by different categories. You can change the headings to suit your needs. The example in the first picture shows a matrix of teams across departments and locations.

In the Team Grid, use the filtering to select the people you want to show. Right click on the heading and select Filter, shown in the picture on the right. Select one or more items on the list to build up your Team Grid. You can refine your selection with filters for several columns. You can also sort the list by column to group people together.

Taking this example further, you can select just the Managers or those who work in Finance. The combinations are endless.

If you want to get back and show all the names, click on the Clear Filters button at the top of the Team Grid to reset the selection.

Tip: Performing any sort of selection will remove the additional blank lines at the bottom of the Team Grid. This will save you printing out excessive empty pages.

Katie’s Experience

Katie Christensen owner of Simply Strengths in Minnesota shares how she builds her teams in the Team Grid.

“Beyond the user-friendly nature of Cascade, I appreciate the many nuanced ways it can be applied to the unique groups with which I work.  One of the functions I use often is the “Team” column in the Team Grid.  This allows me to chunk larger groups down into smaller teams and print just that small group’s Team Grid.  For example, if I run a family training with 40 people from 14 different families, giving families a team print out that contains all 40 people would not be helpful.  Families are most interested in seeing how just their family’s unique themes fit together.”

Katie kindly goes on to write “Cascade is technology that has made my life easier and really enhances the work I do.  When I have had an issue there is a huge and active community of users ready to jump in and offer support as well as the amazing Cascade support team.  In fact, since I have been given this platform it seems the perfect time to say thanks to a great network of amazing people and to Cascade for helping us connect to one another and serve our clients better.”

Cascade – New version – Coming Soon!

The new version of Cascade is currently with a group of testers and will be available next month. It contains lots of time-saving features to help you quickly create reports. There is an intuitive Menu to navigate Cascade and access all the reports.

Listening to your comments, hearing your questions and observing how you use Cascade, the new version offers;

  • An easier and more intuitive way to navigate around the pages.
  • A quicker method for creating reports and PDFs.
  • More visually appealing pages, so it looks less like Excel.

Joe Darin from Joe Darin Coaching in Sacramento comments.
“This latest version of Cascade will take my coaching and training to a whole new level. The reports have been refined and the ability to natively run reports for 1-15 Themes is awesome. The updated Theme Insights is very powerful as well, allowing my coaching to either use the Theme Comparisons or Metaphors & Barrier Labels.
I highly recommend this (or any) version of Cascade for strength coaches.”

The new version of Cascade will be out in March 2019.

Next Issue

Next time we will reveal the new version of Cascade. Those who purchased Cascade within the past 12 months or have renewed their support will receive the upgrade for free. We will contact you directly when it is ready.

Thank you Cheryl, Katie and Joe for sharing your experiences. If you have a Cascade story to share for a future edition of Cascade Connection, please contact us.

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If you have any questions, please just ask.

Richard and the Cascade Team

Cascade Connection -Issue 12

Cascade Connection -Issue 12

Cascade connection theme insights discovery cardsWhat do you need to thrive?

As 2019 gets underway, we look at setting the right environment to transform a role and increase confidence. We also find ways to describe the strengths of a team. Finally, what would you do if it all goes horribly wrong?

Confidence Boost

Cascade bring need report strengthsfinder theme contributions motivators confidence

How can you help a client who is feeling demotivated or uncertain about their abilities?

Articulating our strengths in practical ways tells ourselves and others how we can give of our best. The Bring / Need report is one of the most popular reports in Cascade. It shows the top themes for an individual and outlines the main contributions of each theme.

Empowering clients to identify with their abilities increases their confidence in what they can offer. Encouraging them to share these qualities with their colleagues creates opportunities for them to give of their best.

Conversely, each contribution has a need. The right environment is crucial for each contribution to thrive. Being aware and sharing the needs for each theme, builds understanding and the potential for excellence.

Imagine a manager who understands the needs of each person in their team. How much more can the individuals contribute when their needs are recognised and fulfilled?

Renegotiating Your Role

Kim Madsen in Minnesota runs online coaching programs and her regular Coaches Corner chat room. She writes;

“One of my clients in my online group coaching program was being recruited back to her previous job, which she had just left six months prior.  During our coaching sessions, and while using the Cascade tool, she was able to clearly define her motivators and needs.  Which led us to have great coaching sessions to guide her in her decision.  She was able to go back to that employer, ask for everything she needed in order to thrive, and accepted their offer.  Through coaching, she gained a high level of self-awareness around her unique gifts.  The Cascade tool was a great visual support to our coaching sessions.

I also use the Cascade tool with the students I coach.  Triston is an 18-year-old freshman in college.  His mom and dad bought him a coaching session as a Christmas present, with Triston I utilized the Bring-Need report.”

Triston writes “I have learned about who I am written down on paper. It’s been a helpful and positive experience to  know not only what I’m good at, but also how I can use these qualities of mine to be the best Triston I can be.”

Team Perspective

Cascade team summary report Gallup strengths themes

How do you articulate the strengths of a team?

The Team Summary report in Cascade shows a one-page snapshot of the team’s strengths. You can see the distribution and intensity of the CliftonStengths themes for the collective team.

Comparing the Summary reports for several teams reveals visual differences in the distribution of their strengths. In addition to seeing variations across the Domains, there may be differences in the spread and intensity of the themes.

Team Interpretation

Traci McCausland, SOAR Evangelist & Founder of Follow Your Strengths writes;

“The leadership and intact teams I work with absolutely love the Team Summary page of Cascade!  I love that it gives teams a great visual and a starting point for analysis and interpretation of what the team brings and needs.  It’s a great jumping off point for valuable conversations and discussions.  Additionally, I’ve referred numerous clients to Cascade so they can take ownership of their results and have incredible tools at their fingertips!  This not only saves me time from re-running strengths grids when team members change but more importantly, it empowers my clients to go deeper into strengths and that’s what it’s all about!”

Note: The Team Summary report in Cascade requires the Bonus Pack.

What if …?

An alarming number of people are contacting us after their computer has crashed and they have lost a lot of their data. We can supply a blank copy of Cascade but we cannot recover the client information. Depending on the situation, the client themes may be available on the Gallup Strengths Center. It is good practice and common sense, to back up all your essential files.

Use a backup process which is automatic so you don’t have to think about it and secure, so your information is kept safe.

One simple option for your documents and working files is to use cloud storage where there is an off-line copy of your data. Examples are DropBox, Google Docs and iCloud.

What would you do if your laptop crashed?

After the initial panic, how would you recover your files?

We are not a backup solution provider. However, we urge you to take precautions now, so if disaster strikes, you can keep your business running.

Need Help?

Cascade strengths support help questions answers FAQ KB

For instant answers to questions when using Cascade, head over to the Support Hub.

There is a growing number of articles covering a wide range of topics to help you get the most out of Cascade.

Do you have an eye for Detail?

As the new version of Cascade reaches the testing stage in February, we want to make it the best it can be. Please let us know if you are able to help us put it through its paces to check and review the new features.

The new version of Cascade will be out in March 2019.

Next Issue

Next time we will provide an update about the new version of Cascade. To receive an email notification of the Cascade Connection, sign up here.

Thank you for all your support and to Kim and Traci for your contributions. Please contact us if you would like to share how you use your Cascade reports in your coaching.

You can Like or leave a review on our Facebook page, alternatively post a testimonial on our website.

If you have any questions, please just ask.

Richard and the Cascade Team

Cascade Connection – Issue 2

Cascade Connection – Issue 2

Cascade connection news letter tips help advice support communityWelcome to the second edition of the Cascade Connection. We have lots of new readers this month and I hope you find something of interest. We look at one report which is growing in Australia, a creative way to discuss team dynamics and we delve into some new features of the Team Grid. Oh yes, we also have a special announcement if you make it to the end.

March 2018

Team Summary

Cascade strengths summary report Deon Rademeyer SydneyThe Team Summary report, available in the Bonus Pack, provides a quick overview of the theme distribution for a team. This is one of the more popular reports in Cascade which includes the Theme Frequency and the Cascade Spark charts. Identifying the team’s top 5 themes it reveals the top motivators and contributions the team can bring. If you work with several teams who know each other, comparing the Team Summary report for each team will help to show how they differ.

Deon Rademeyer in Sydney went one stage further with his workshop, he printed the Team Summary report in A2 size (420 x 594 mm or 16.5 x 23.4 in) for all to see. What do you do with your reports to make them special for your customers?

Team Dynamics in Conversation

Cascade strengths reports for Kathie Gautille workshopIn a recent workshop, Kathie Gautille shared her range of handouts for the participants. The impressive array of reports added to the professionalism of her workshop.

Kathie writes “I always feel like a hero when participants understand the team dynamics better after using the instruments from Cascade. I have two activities I love to do with the reports and after this workshop, I found another way.

I ask each small group to use the Team Grid to analyze the various talent themes and domains that are represented in the room. But this time I had one group with that particular assignment — the rest of the groups were to take their own small group and identify the same information — what domain is most frequent, what is less frequent in your group, what’s missing, that sort of questioning.

After we do that exercise, the next exercise I give them a hypothetical project and the questioning I use hits all four domains to help identify the various people in their team that would be good at say communicating, detail planning or building cohesive collaborative effort’s etc.

I don’t know that I could do this activity without Cascade. What I really love are all the aha moments because I can tell each participant or most participants are completely embracing Clifton Strengths.”

Team Grid

strengthsfinder Cascade strengths reports team grid menu show themesThe Team page in Cascade has received a few updates over recent weeks to help customise the page. Often when printing or inserting a screen clip into PowerPoint, it is helpful to hide unused columns for clarity or make the some of the columns a bit wider. The new menu provides easy options to adjust the screen.

 Make the Team Grid you own and insert your logo or the logo for your client. You don’t have to live with the image of the people sitting at the table.

Domain Order

We specifically place the domains for the Team Grid in the order of Strategic Thinking, Influencing, Relationship Building and Executing. When introducing the domains and how they fit together, this order provides a natural flow. To hear more, the synergy between the domains is explained more in the 4 Leadership Domains article.

Refreshing Recovery

The Team page with all its features is the most complicated page in Cascade. Very occasionally it may go horribly wrong or it could have been subject to some over-enthusiastic resizing of the rows/columns. Please don’t panic, there is a button ‘Refresh Page’ that will restore order. This recreates the page, resetting it back to its original state. You won’t lose any data, it simply updates over twenty thousand cells with the right formulae and formatting. It can also recover an issue if some names are not appearing in the other reports.

Printing Perfection

The Team Grid has the potential to print 17 pages or 64 pages if you have the Go Large module. To print the relevant pages for your desired team without the endless blank pages, here are a couple of options.

In the heading for the Name column, click on the drop-down arrow to reveal the data filtering choices, then untick zzBlanks. The blank rows will disappear and the number of pages to print will reduce down to 1 or 2.

Another way is to use the Print Preview button on the new menu. This hides any blank rows before viewing the page to print. (A recent update in v2.0r01c corrects a small issue with this button).

Called to Coach

Gallup Called to Coach Richard SterryOn Tuesday 1st May, Jim Collison and his team have kindly invited me on to Called to Coach.  I am looking forward to sharing the story behind Cascade and the Strengths Twins initiative.

Do try to listen live where you can join in with the chat room and ask any questions. It starts at 1:00 pm EDT. Click here to register for the event.

Latest Updates

The most recent version of Cascade is currently v2.0r01c. 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 shown 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. The support renewals are emailed out during the last month of cover and we offer 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. It is visible on the Welcome page (C followed by 5 digits).

Your Story

How do you use Cascade and which reports do you find most helpful? We would love to share any pictures of the workshop materials you produce in Cascade. Have you done anything creative with the reports and what impact do they have on your clients?

Please Contact us with any comments or your Cascade story.

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