Cascade Connection -Issue 19

Cascade Connection -Issue 19

Cascade connection theme insights discovery cardsBoost your Strengths Advantage

Understanding and focusing on our strengths can give us all an advantage during these uncertain times. In this issue, we highlight how Cascade’s latest features are designed to help boost your strengths advantage further with:

  • New reports to help your clients use their strengths to navigate difficult situations with calmness and clarity.
  • New personal word clouds to provide a creative, visual way of highlighting a client’s strengths.

Update to Cascade

The latest version of Cascade is now available. Version 2.0r04f (May 2020) contains several small tweaks and improvements, including:

  • Two new Theme Advantage worksheets
  • The option to create a personal word cloud

New Theme Advantage Worksheets

Cascade Strengths Theme Advantage VUCA

Cascade’s Theme Advantage worksheets provide your clients with practical ways to use their strengths to their advantage in different situations.

Grouped into themes such as Leadership and Project Management, we already have worksheets covering a number of useful topics. But we’ve now added two new worksheets that are especially relevant during this current season…

1 Crisis Management

With each country handling the COVID-19 pandemic slightly differently, the Crisis Management worksheet helps clients to calmly navigate their own situation with clear, simple steps. Experience tells us that whenever there is a sudden and dramatic change in our lives, being intentional in using our themes helps us find positive ways forward through the turmoil.

Thank you Antonia Milkop for your contribution.


The acronym VUCA was originally used by the US military and stands for Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity, all key causes of confusion. By unpacking each aspect in turn – and by proactively focusing on what is known and controllable – the VUCA model helps you guide your client into a positive, flexible and confident approach to dealing with chaos and challenging situations.

Thank you Deon Rademeyer for your suggestion.

Strengths Word Clouds

Creating a word cloud is a powerful, visual method for communicating the CliftonStrengths® themes. We added the Cascade Team Word Cloud some time ago and have loved seeing coaches embrace their creativity with it! (You can find this feature in the Frequency page).

Cascade Strengths Word Cloud CliftonStrengths

But to give individuals a fun and creative way of focusing on their strengths at this challenging time, we’ve now added the option for creating a Cascade Personal Word Cloud too.

To do this: Head to the My 34 page. Towards the bottom right there is a cell where you can copy the themes to paste into a word cloud editor. Find more information at Creating Strengths Word Clouds including instructions on how to update your Zoom Background.

How can I get the latest version of Cascade?

To download the latest version of Cascade, use the special feature in the Menu. Go to the Modules section and click Download.

Download latest version of Cascade Strengths

Alternatively, you can use the download link from one of our previous emails.

For more information, follow the step by step guide in this article and see the changes for the latest version in the Change Log.

Please note: The download feature is only available for the first year after purchasing Cascade, or for a year after renewing your Cascade Support. Do contact us if you need any help or have any queries.

Domain Colour Change

Last year, Gallup announced that they are changing the colours of the four domains in 2020. We now know that most of the changes will appear for Gallup Access and related reports in August 2020.

Gallup new domain colors CliftonStrengths Cascade

And to mirror this, we will update the Cascade colours to match the new Gallup colours in August too.

In our last issue – Together in Isolation – we talked about how, despite varying countries and contexts, our shared experience of the COVID-19 pandemic knits us all closer together. We’re a few weeks on in this season, and the situation remains. Here we want to do all we can to help you personally and professionally, stay strong.

We hope our latest developments will assist you with that and give you the extra tools you need to play to your strengths, both now and in the times to come. Don’t forget too that our offer of a chat – about anything or everything – still stands. Find a time on our calendar now.

Thank you for being part of the Cascade Community. Stay strong!

Richard and the Cascade Team

Cascade Connection -Issue 14

Cascade Connection -Issue 14

Cascade connection theme insights discovery cardsIntroducing the New Version of Cascade

Cascade Release 3 is here!
Packing in a ton of new features, the new version of Cascade makes it even easier to create reports.

What are Coaches saying?

  • I love the new version…it is definitely a cleaner look and easier on the eye. I like having the print and PDF icon at the top of each worksheet! Cheryl Pace
  • Overall the new release is totally fab. Love the radio buttons at the top that allow me to toggle different views so easily. Making a lot of use of 15 themes, and Bottom 5! Yay! – Fiona Grant
  • Team Grid order to match Gallup – thank you! I much prefer being consistent with all the Gallup Materials. – Deon Rademeyer
  • I really like the opportunity to change the Domain Order (I prefer SIRE, your default) – Barry Rellaford
  • In a word, I love it. I had fun all weekend playing with it. You’ve done a great job listening to your audience – us coaches! – Harriette Heibel
  • I LOVE that I can now do Top 10 or 15 on one screen for the Theme Insights and Advantages. I have been dreaming about the ability to print someone’s 1-10 Theme Insights double sided. – Joe Darin
  • The home page is awesome. This makes navigating easy. I am looking forward to the faith and family pack. – Marvin Summerfield
  • Flexibility for all personal reports with how many themes to display – Top 5, Top 10, Top 15, Dominant, Bottom 5 is useful! – Yeang Cherng Poh
  • You asked what “wowed” me and it’s just everything. – Kate Christensen

What are New Features?

The full list of changes are in the Release Notes. We have also created a video tutorial walking you through the new features. The highlights are;

Cascade new features
Watch the video
  • A new Menu screen providing a more intuitive way to navigate between the pages.
  • Buttons on the pages helping you to quickly print or create PDFs of the reports.
  • The Team Grid offering lots more flexibility.
  • More options with the Table Tents.
  • The appearance of Cascade is more consistent and easier to follow.

New Menu

Cascade Strengths Menu Dashboard new features

Replacing the Select Name screen with a brand new Menu provides the hub for Cascade.

The three sections show the logical steps to enter clients, select teams and create individual reports.

Explore the powerful new features to quickly create reports and configure your copy of Cascade.

Read More …

Team Grid – More Options

Huge flexibility, with are over 3000 different permutations to display the Team Grid, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Cascade team strengths grid chart table themes
  • Choose the number of themes to show, Top 5, Top 10, Top 15, Top Dominant, All 34, Bottom 5 or none.
  • Display the Domains starting with Strategic Thinking (SIRE) or Executing (EIRS).
  • Show the Gallup Domain Descriptions or the Releasing Strengths Domain Contributions.
  • The fresher look improves clarity and saves your printer toner.

Read more …

Table Tents with Top 10 Themes

Listening to your comments, there are new features for the Name Tents. You can now show the Top 5 or Top 10 themes and insert the Domain Pie chart. You can also, create horizontal tents (upside down V) where the themes go across the page.

Read More …

New Worksheet

Tucked away is a new worksheet in the Theme Advantage area. It helps to generate ideas to keep themes alive on a regular basis. Called the Rhythm of Motivation, it helps your client to maintain their energy by feeding their themes. Originally it was developed for a client entering retirement following full-time employment. The worksheet helped her to structure her day, week and month with events based on her themes to maintain her motivation.

Thank You

Thank you for all your suggestions for the new version. There are many more ideas we would love to include another time.

Thank you also for the large worldwide testing team who provided valuable feedback to enhance the improvements. Special thanks to Alicia Santamaria, Andrew Sloan, Barry Rellaford, Cheryl Pace, Deon Rademeyer, Fiona Grant, Florence Hardy, Harriette Heibel, Jennifer Miller PhD, Joe Darin, Joe Holloway, Katie Christensen, Marvin Sommerfeld, Yeang Cherng Poh and Tracy Phillips.

How to get your Upgrade

You should receive an email with a link to download your new version of Cascade. The upgrades are free for the first year after purchase. You will also receive an upgrade if you renewed your support after year one.
Please contact us, quoting your license Number (C followed by 5 digits) if you want to know more or don’t receive your email.

We are sending the emails out in batches and please contact us if you have not received anything by 12th April 2019.

Clifton Strengths Summit

We are looking forward to attending the Summit in June. There will be information nearer the time where you discover more about Cascade.

Next Issue

Next time we will explore more about the new version of Cascade.

To receive an email notification of the Cascade Connection, sign up here.

Please share what you like about the new version of Cascade, either 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 6

Cascade Connection – Issue 6

Welcome to a special July edition of the Cascade Connection. We launch the new version of Cascade with two brand new reports and a massive time-saving feature. If you read all the way down to the bottom, you’ll find another gem.
We also look forward to meeting many of you at the Clifton Strengths Summit in Omaha.

July 2018

Cascade Just Gets Better!

Cascade connection news letter tips help advice support community

The new version of Cascade is now available with three major new features.

  • A new report visually displaying all 34 themes for an individual.
  • A new worksheet to help clients take advantage of their themes in different situations.
  • The ability to create PDF reports for a whole team in just a few moments.
    Read on to find out more.
My 34 Themes

Cascade My 34 theme report strengthsfinder chartAs Gallup is making it easier to access all 34 themes, we put together a special report to help with these coaching conversations.  The My 34 report shows all 34 themes for a person with their own Spark chart and domain Pie chart.

Adjusting the number of dominant themes tailors the report for your client. You can also choose which Theme Insight information you want to include.

Under the terms of our Licence Agreement, we a have worked with Gallup to produce the approved report. You will need the Bonus Pack to see the My 34 report in Cascade.  More Info

Fiona Grant is a leadership coach near Washington D.C. who has worked with Strengths since 2007. She writes
“I used the new My 34 page with two very different clients and was pleased to see how meaningful the summary was for each person. I used the ‘Being & Doing’ view with one, and the ‘Motivators/Demotivators’ view with another. They thought their summaries were both cool and insightful. The client with Communication as his #1 theme liked it so much he forwarded his along to his boss and suggested they consider a team workshop. Cascade is becoming an excellent sales asset for my business —  the one-page summaries are perfect for showing executives the value of the Strengths framework.”

Theme Advantage

Cascade strengths theme advantage report grid strengthsfinder matrixThere are lots of management models and theories to increase understanding of situations. Helping your client take advantage of their themes for each stage of a process will give them the edge. The new Theme Advantage page shows the client’s themes and the steps of a process on a grid. Exploring how their themes can contribute to each step will open up new opportunities. This is very much a worksheet to help start a potentially difficult conversation.

The standard version of Cascade includes various productivity areas which parallel with the four domains. The Bonus Pack opens up Leadership models and Project Management concepts.

We welcome feedback on this new worksheet and will add more models in future releases.  More Info

Florence Hardy is a Strengths coach and facilitator near Paris, France. She writes
“Wow impressed after my 30 mins exploring and testing this morning. LOVE, love, love the advantage page!!!! it’s like the Return of the Jedi for me (aka – the return of the theme map, in a much more mature version). Love it. Will apply to myself “How to get things done” lol.”

Create Multiple PDF Reports for a Team

Cascade PDF strengthsfinder reports team email zipMany coaches create PDF reports in Cascade for their clients. Whilst this is fine on an individual basis, creating 10’s of PDF documents for a team is very time-consuming. After months of research and coding, we have automated the bulk creation of PDF reports. You can now rattle off a set of personalised PDF reports for a whole team. During our testing, we created over 200 PDF documents in just a few minutes. You can quickly Zip up the files and email them to your customer.

Technical issues limit this feature to Windows with Office 2010, 2013, 2016 and Mac with Office 2016. It will not run on Mac with Office 2011.

As you may expect, this massive timesaving feature requires the Bonus Pack. More Info

Lisa Cummings an international strengths evangelist from Texas writes
“All I have to say is W00t!!! This is fantastic. I created Personal Insights Reports and Bring-Need Reports PDF for 68 people in under 5 minutes. This saves me from printing hundreds of pages. And it gives clients a handy digital file to refer back to long after our training.

Most of all, it allows me to stop travelling with carry-on bags that weigh 100 lbs. This might seem like a small thing, yet after getting stopped by security several times for “large bricks of organic matter” (my stacks of paper that must appear like cocaine in the scanners), I’m not so keen on being seen as a drug smuggler 😉 Not to mention, a few helpful people have grabbed my bag and put it in the overhead bin. After feeling the ridiculous weight from the paper, people love to ask, “Wow that’s heavy. Is there a dead body in there?” Richard, you have saved me from a perceived life of crime. All with your automated PDF function for Mac users. You’re a gem.”

Thank you

Creating new reports and testing the new features is a team effort. We want to thank you for your suggestions, ideas and time spent reviewing and checking the new version of Cascade. This is very much the Cascade Community in action. Thank you to Alicia Santamaria, Barry Rellaford, Brea Roper, Charlotte Blair, Cheryl Pace, Deon Rademeyer, Elaine Krek, Fiona Grant, Florence Hardy, Jessica Kennedy, Jennifer Miller, Jose Valcarcel, Kathie Gautille, Liz Ellis, Mary Beth Crawford, Ralph Rickenbach and Tracy Phillips.

How Can I Get the Update?

The new version of Cascade v2.0r02b is now available.

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).


Clifton Strengths Summit in Omaha

Clifton Strengths summit Gallup Omaha 2018Are you going to the Clifton Strengths Summit in Omaha? It is just a few days away and I’m looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible. I will be in Omaha on the Sunday and Monday before the Summit attending various MeetUps. Please come and say hello and it will be nice to meet you in person. I will have a small gift for you if you catch me before the Summit begins. Unfortunately, I will not be able to distribute the gifts during the Summit.

Rhonda Knight is hosting a MeetUp on Sunday evening at DJ’s Dugouts Sports Bar. More details are at Pre-Summit Coaches MeetUp


Need Help Printing?

Cascade strengths print reports PDF PowerPoint Finally, we have another gem for you. If you need help with printing reports, creating PDFs or getting reports into PowerPoint, we have a new web page that explains all.

Visit the Print Reports on the side menu to discover more.

Next Issue

Thank you Fiona, Florence and Lisa for sharing your feedback on the new features.

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