Cascade Connection -Issue 27

Cascade Connection -Issue 27

Care Coaching – new Cascade resources to help you care for a loved one and take care of yourself

Cascade Connection Strengths News

Do you care for a loved one who is going through a traumatic illness? Perhaps suffering from cancer, a stroke or living with dementia?

Cascade has teamed up with Dawn F. Landry and her book ARMORED to create coaching resources to help you apply your strengths during these challenging times. Designed for use by coaches personally, or with clients who are caregivers, our new toolkit will help you provide the best care for your loved one while also looking after yourself.

In this update, we also cover:



NEW – Care Coaching worksheets

Caring for your loved one Cascade coaching

Inspired by Dawn F. Landry’s book ARMORED, we wanted to create some practical resources to help those caring for loved ones.

In the book, Strengths Coach Dawn powerfully shares how she used her strengths to provide the best care for her husband during his long-term illness. Through this experience, she developed the concept of Care Coaching.

We are delighted to work with Dawn to create a new toolkit for carers, helping you provide the best care AND taking care of yourself in these challenging situations.

Find the two new worksheets on Care Coaching in our expanded Strengths Advantage section.

More from Dawn and friends…

Shari Krueger strengths coach

Dawn’s story is special. She reminded me that we really do have what it takes to get through challenging times when we find ourselves suddenly forced to be a caregiver.

The Cascade tools gave me pause to proactively think about engaging my strengths in a potential caregiver mode to my spouse.

Shari Krueger, CEO Advisor & Gallup Certified CliftonStrengths® Facilitator

Ruth Calabrese Strengths Coach

These self-awareness questions go a long way in supporting caregivers to ask for what they need, and in return give what is most helpful to their loved one.

As a coach, I can see how helpful this clarity would be for my clients who are weathering the storm of a loved one’s crisis.

Ruth Calabrese, a Gallup Certified CliftonStrengths® and ICF Certified Leadership Coach

Dawn F Landry ARMORED

As a Cascade subscriber for several years, I have witnessed the value that it provides my clients with each use. It is such an honor to team up with Richard to offer ARMORED’s Care Coaching Worksheets in Cascade.

Throughout our development process, Richard’s and my respective strengths were not only activated, but perfectly aligned to successfully create this new enhancement to an already fantastic product — Cascade.

Dawn F. Landry, Author, Gallup Certified CliftonStrengths® Coach & CEO of Authentizity

Listen to Dawn live…

Gallup Strengths Success Story

Hear Dawn share her Success Story on Gallup’s Called to Coach webcast. Watch live on Friday 5th March 2021. 12pm CET / 6pm GMT.




Turn up the Power

The Power of 2 and the recently introduced Power of Me worksheets are proving to be very popular. We have stepped them up to the next level, from just the top 5 themes, to now show themes 6 – 10.

Chose from the radio buttons at the top of the page to show the top 5 or the themes 6 – 10 on each axis. The Power of Me worksheet can now show the top 5 across the top and the next 5 themes down the side. This is particularly helpful when most of the top 5 themes are in the same domain.

Cascade power theme selection

Thank you Holly and Deon for your suggestions that led to these improvements!




NEW – Getting Started video

Getting Started with Cascade Introduction video

Do you wonder if you are doing the right thing with Cascade? Would you like to see how to create a team report?

Watch the latest addition to our Getting Started support pages – a brief (18 minute) video introduction to Cascade.

The video will show you how to export themes from Gallup Access, then import them into Cascade. We’ll also go through how to work with the Theme Table and select teams in the Team Grid.

Even if you’re not a Cascade beginner, we’d recommend watching the video. You may even pick up a new tip – or two!




Do you have the latest release of Cascade? v2.0r05d

The current version of Cascade is 2.0r05d which includes the Care Coaching worksheets. To update your copy of Cascade, check out our guide: How to update Cascade to the latest version.

If you need help: please contact us quoting your Cascade license number. (C followed by 5 digits at the top of the Cascade Menu).


Many thanks as always to all those who have helped with the development of the latest Cascade resources. Dawn, Shari, Ruth, Holly and Deon, we are so grateful for your valuable input!

Richard and the Cascade Team

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Cascade Connection -Issue 26

Cascade Connection -Issue 26

Expanding Theme Dynamics with the Power of Me

Cascade Connection Strengths News

Have you ever combined two things and been surprised at the outcome? Think sweet and salty popcorn for example! It’s the same with Strengths themes. You might understand them fully as individual themes. But what if you combine them?

Cascade’s new The Power of Me worksheet does just that. It helps you blend your themes to gain new insights.

Read on to hear from coaches Holly Magnuson and Ron Johnson. They both share their personal experiences of this recent addition to the Cascade set of tools for Strengths Coaches.



The Power of Me

power of me theme dynamics Gallup Cascade

A greater awareness of who you are and how you tick will increase your confidence in yourself as a coach and inspire confidence in your clients. So the more insights you have, and can share, the better.

By creating powerful combinations of your top themes, The Power of Me worksheet in Cascade will help you explore theme dynamics with fresh insights. The worksheet enables you to easily mix the descriptive words from one theme with the role of another. Like sweet and salty popcorn, the results can be fascinating!

For example, a person with the themes of Analytical® and Harmony® might result in ‘A questioning negotiator’. Analytical® with Focus® can be ‘A data-driven goal setter’. Harmony® with Focus® could be ‘A practical prioritizer’.

Find out more here. Or to try out the Power of Me worksheet, head to the Power of 2 section in your Cascade software. At the top, there is the option to select the theme element, choose The Power of Me. (NB. You will need Cascade version 2.0r05c. Find out how to update to the latest version here.)


Fresh Theme Dynamics – Holly Magnuson

Holly Magnuson

Holly Magnuson works with college students, faculty, and staff members in California helping them move from “naming to aiming” their Strengths in their day to day life.

The goal early in the coaching relationship is for the client to move beyond looking at their Themes individually but at how they complement each other: Theme Dynamics. This is an exercise that I added to my practice after my coaching session with Jo Self. In the exercise, I attempted to have clients choose a word from “The Role I Play” box of their number one Talent Theme and then a word from “Descriptive Words” section for Talent Themes two through five.

The problem was that many times clients would get lost on which box to look at when or they would get distracted with the other information. This problem had me to the point of trying to develop my own worksheet. But I really didn’t have the time or desire to do it. Then I downloaded the newest version of Cascade in early December and found the “Power of Me” option. I was so excited, I think I actually shouted out loud!

The layout of The Power of Me sheet helps the client narrow their focus to this one area of development: Theme Dynamics. The layout of the sheet is familiar as most of my clients have worked with Excel spreadsheets, so this adds an important visual aspect. As the client writes or types their roles with their descriptive words they begin to see the power of Theme Dynamics. I’m excited to see how this tool helps my clients go from the naming their Talents to combining them together to really aim them at the things they want to accomplish.


A New Perspective – Ron Johnson

Ron Johnson is an experienced faith-based coach who works with the international charity The Voice of the Martyrs from his hometown in California.

Exploring the concept of The Power of Me on himself first, Ron circled three key descriptive words and three key role words within each of his Top 5 Signature Themes. Then for each of his themes, he combined one descriptive word and one role word. The results for his themes of Responsibility®, Learner® and Analytical®, gave him:

  • Dependable Volunteer
  • Studious Committer
  • Dispassionate Responder
Using The Power of Me in Wellbeing Coaching

Ron writes: “I used the Power of Me with a faith-based leadership team who manages their own staff team. Our coaching session helped each of them identify their own Descriptive Words and Roles for their personal wellbeing and as a manager. Their new Gallup Theme Dynamic!

Ron received some great feedback from the team:

#1  My new theme dynamic, from the Power of Me, describes how I do my personal hiking!

#2 I like how combining two of my individual themes makes a new powerful combination of themes. 

#3 In the past I only looked at one theme at a time. This gives me an entire new way of seeing how I can use my themes!

#4 This can help me explain in a new way, why I do what I do, when I pair up two themes!

I want to thank Richard Sterry of Cascade for adding the new Gallup CliftonStrengths® chart “The Power of Me” – the combination of Descriptive Words and Roles.


Looking ahead to 2021

Our calendar for webinars in 2021 is already taking shape. But there’s still space for more, so we’d be delighted to receive any invitations to speak at Mastermind groups over the next few months.

During the sessions, we can share the benefits of Cascade for individual or team coaching and help participants get more out of the reports. We can also tailor the session to your specific needs. For both beginners and more advanced users, we can also reveal timesaving tips and secret features tucked away. Contact us if you would like to host a session and benefit those in your coaching community.

Look out for more updates coming soon regarding planned virtual events you can join.



Do you have the latest release of Cascade?

Back in December, we released a new version of Cascade with two new worksheets (Performance SeQuEnCe and The Power of Me). Plus we launched the German Language Pack.

The current version is 2.0r05c. To update your copy of Cascade, check out our guide: How to update Cascade to the latest version.

If you need help: please contact us quoting your Cascade license number. (C followed by 5 digits at the top of the Cascade Menu).

Richard and the Cascade Team

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Cascade Connection -Issue 25

Cascade Connection -Issue 25

A Community Celebration: the Highlights of 2020

Cascade Connection Strengths News

There’s no doubt that 2020 has been a year of disruption. The global COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges to us all, personally and professionally. However, with every challenge comes new opportunities. So it’s been wonderful to see the coaching community respond in positive and creative ways.

In this final update of the year, we share our highlights of 2020. As business models have needed to pivot to survive, coaches from all around the world have found themselves in a strong position due to their flexibility, creativity and desire for collaboration. Join us to celebrate how the Cascade community has embraced new ways of working and discovered ingenious solutions to support one another.



Virtual World Tour

With the travel restrictions imposed in 2020, we all had to quickly change our way of thinking to transform face-to-face meet-ups into virtual ones. One of our usual yearly highlights is the annual Gallup Summit in Omaha when we enjoy spending meaningful time with coaches from around the world. But this year, we had to find alternative ways of connecting.

So here’s a run through of this year’s key virtual events for the Cascade community. Thank you to everyone who joined in, and especially to our event hosts…

January – USA

Global Strengths Mastermind GSM community Jan 2020

Kicking off the year, Richard led his Global Strengths Mastermind Group (GSM) through some of the less well known techniques for getting the most out of Cascade.

This group has been supporting one another for four years and it’s amazing that we always find new top tips to share!

May – Australia

Workshop materials made easy - Cascade Introduction

Charlotte Blair in Australia launched the CliftonStrengths® Coaching Community Led Learning Series where coaches share their expertise to help and inspire each other.

Gallup’s Jim Collison got the first session off to a great start and introduced Richard who went on to present a taster to Cascade. One of the challenges of virtual sessions in a global context is managing the time difference. So a second repeat session followed at a more sociable time for coaches in Europe!

June – South Africa

Being Human Group strengths South Africa community

Partnering with Yendor Felgate and Magriet Mouton from Being Human Group South Africa, we shared the benefits of Cascade for team coaching. It’s exciting seeing the coaching community steadily growing in South Africa and the other African countries.

July – Philippines

Cascade Strengths Philippines community meetup

Sarah Lumang Medilo from the Strengths Network in the Philippines hosted a session on using Cascade for team coaching.

The packed session also featured Danny Lee talking about the Team Grid report, which graphically displays the CliftonStrengths® themes for a team.

September – New Zealand, USA and Australia

Strengths Network South Pacific community

Jason Henderson from the Strengths Network South Pacific (SNSP) invited Richard to speak at their Meetup on Team Coaching with Cascade. There is quite a community of strengths coaches in New Zealand who were the early adopters when Cascade originally launched.

Brent O'Bannon Strengths Coach

Brent O’Bannon in Texas wanted to share the benefits of Cascade with his group of Mastermind Coaches. So Richard joined them for a session on saving time and creating coaching opportunities with Cascade.

Emma Sharrock

Emma Sharrock in Australia interviewed Richard Sterry as part of her feature on using strengths during the lockdown. Find out more about Richard’s interview in the Strengths in Uncertainty Series.

October – Australia and the Philippines

Going deeper with Cascade

Returning to Australia, Charlotte Blair hosted two pairs of sessions for a global audience as part of the CliftonStrengths Coaching Community Led Learning Series.

Our first session titled “Workshop Materials Made Easy” introduced Cascade. The second “Going Deeper” session explored new tips and tricks.

Strengths Philippines Conference 2020 community

Sarah Lumang Medilo and Pia Nazareno-Acevedo invited Richard back to speak at the Strengths Philippines Conference After Party.

Following their lively conference, we discussed individual coaching tips with Cascade.


Looking ahead to 2021

As we plan for 2021, we’d be delighted to speak at Mastermind groups, Meetups of Strengths Coaches or any strengths or coaching events you are hosting.

We can share the benefits of Cascade for individual or team coaching and help participants get more out of the reports. We will also tailor the session to your specific needs. For both beginners and more advanced users, we can also reveal some timesaving tips and secret features tucked away.

Contact us to discuss your event plans or ideas, even if they’re only vague at this stage. We welcome all opportunities to share Cascade with others!



New 2020 Features

In case you’ve missed any updates along the way, here are the key new features we’ve introduced to Cascade this year:

  • We finalised our set of Language Packs so that the Cascade reports are now available in French, Spanish and German.
  • To help coaches support clients through the uncertainty of lockdown, we created Theme Advantage worksheets for Crisis Management and VUCA. Later we added a further worksheet to improve performance with the SeQuEnCe model.
  • Our new Power of Me worksheet gives people confidence in themselves and encouragement to strive forward.
  • We implemented lots of minor tweaks and improvements for importing themes and creating PDFs.
  • To complement Gallup’s new Domain colors, we created a fresh Cascade logo and branding for our reports.
  • We launched the Cascade Community Facebook group and are loving how the conversations are helping coaches bring more out of the reports.

A few thank yous…

When we see just how much has been achieved this year, we are so grateful for all the input and new connections that have helped bring all the improvements about. So thank you…

  • To everyone for all your suggestions and ideas on how to make Cascade even better.
  • To the coaches we partnered with to create the language packs and new worksheets.
  • For all the extra zoom conversations, online events and opportunities to get to know coaches better.


Do you have the December release of Cascade?

Earlier in December, we released a new version of Cascade with two new worksheets (Performance SeQuEnCe and The Power of Me). Plus we launched the German Language Pack.

The current version is 2.0r05c. To update your copy of Cascade, check out our guide: How to update Cascade to the latest version.

If you need help: please contact us quoting your Cascade license number (C followed by 5 digits at the top of the Cascade Menu).



Thank you – and Merry Christmas!

Thank you for being part of this Cascade Community. It’s been great getting to “meet” lots of you online this year.

We hope that you have a very happy and healthy Christmas. Let’s hope 2021 brings fewer challenges but just as many opportunities for us all to learn, grow and strengthen together.

Richard and the Cascade Team

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