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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Richard and the Cascade Team

Cascade Connection – Issue 7

Cascade Connection – Issue 7

Cascade connection news letter tips help advice support communityWelcome to the August edition of the Cascade Connection, especially if you have recently joined the Cascade Community. We reflect on the Clifton Strengths Summit in Omaha and cover some common questions when setting out with Cascade. Deon shares how he uses Cascade with Q12 and we mention some very special Strengths Twins.

Issue 7

Clifton Strengths Summit

Common Questions

Talking to the Cascade Community, a couple of questions are frequently emerging.

Should I put all my clients in one copy of Cascade?

One early question when setting out with Cascade is how to store the themes for different groups of people.

Some coaches use a new copy of Cascade for each organisation. Apart from creating lots of Cascade files, this can get messy when there is a software update. We recommend where possible to store all your clients or staff in one copy of Cascade.

The Theme Table page has four columns (A-D) on the left to categorise your clients. You can rename the headings and use the columns to suit your client base or company. Think about how you want to group your clients together when creating reports. You can use the organisation name, the team or the workshop session etc.

In the Team page, use these categories to select the people for the Team Grid.

See the Theme Table page for more information.

Why are new clients not appearing in the reports?

Another common question occurs when adding a new person. Their themes are in the Theme Table but their name does not appear in the drop-down lists for the reports.

Cascade issue 7 QuestionsThe Team page defines the list of people for the reports. Use the Team Grid to select the organisation or team, then all the other reports will represent those people. The drop-down lists for the individual reports refer to the names on the Team Grid.

After adding a new person to the Theme Table, make sure you can see them in the Team Grid, then they will appear in the drop-down lists for the other reports.

When leaving the Team page, there is a process to regenerate the list of names for the reports. It is therefore important to view the Team page after adding people to the Theme Table.

See Getting Started for more information.

Tip: The Theme Table has two columns for the email address and Date (columns I and J). These are only present in Cascade as the columns exist in the Gallup export file. You do not need to manually enter information here as it is not used elsewhere in Cascade. Feel free to use this space for any additional information or notes.


Gallup’s Q12 assessment captures the level of engagement with 12 key questions. It is a useful benchmark to run before and after a strengths-based program to measure the effectiveness of the program. When setting up the Q12 assessment, the Group Reporting feature filters the results by additional factors. These can be by Team, Generation, Location, Part Time / Full Time, Volunteer / Paid etc.
Gallup Q12 engagement survey Cascade

 from Sydney, adds a new dimension to Cascade with Q12. He writes.

“If you use Q12 and Strengths, then you may find this approach useful.
I use Group Reporting in Q12 e.g. By Team, By Role, By Generation, By Location etc. Then I use Cascade to mirror these Groups using Columns A-D in the Theme Table Tab to align to the Q12 Groups. I then pull the Team Grid and Team Summary for each of these Groups. Now you have an engagement view by Groups and a Strengths view by Group.

In addition, I then take the Team’s Top 5 and create them as a Person in the Theme Table – this then allows me to pull a Personal Insights view of the Team as a whole.”

This is a great example of bringing the tools together to enhance the outcome. How do you use Cascade with other assessments or tools?


Feedback and Reviews

We love hearing and sharing your feedback about how Cascade is making a difference for you and your clients. Please take a moment to leave a review on our Facebook page or on our website.

Identical Matches

In July we discovered two pairs of Identical Strengths Twins. That’s two pairs of people who both share the same top 5 themes in the same order. What is more, we found both pairs on the same day!

To register your interest in finding your Strengths Twin, visit

Thank you

The Cascade Community came alive in Omaha. Thank you Rhonda Knight for arranging the Meet Up on Sunday evening and 34 Strong with Brandon Miller for your event on Monday evening. Both events actively shared the news about Cascade, thanks to your enthusiasm and the Woo-Warriors. Trying not to forget anyone, thank you Alicia, Carol Anne, Charlotte, Deon, Katherine, Kathie, Karen, Karin, Jennifer, Jim, Joe and the name I can’t remember.

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