Cascade Connection -Issue 34

Cascade Connection -Issue 34

Thank you for Strengthening the Strengths Movement with us

Cascade Connection news - read the highlights of 2021 and how we've made significant steps forward in strengthening the Strengths movement this year

As 2021 draws to close, and we have the opportunity to reflect back on this unusual year, we wanted to pause and say “thank you”.

Despite the challenges 2021 has thrown at us all, we are proud to have made some significant steps forward in our mission – strengthening the Strengths movement. You, the Cascade Community, have played a big part in that progress. We are truly grateful for your support.

So in this issue, join us to explore the highlights of what we’ve achieved together in 2021, including:

  • New resources you’ve helped shape and are now actively using.
  • Advances made in new topics, such as mindset resilience and psychological safety, and how these are deepening coaching insights and impact.
  • Long-standing reports that continue to help coaches around the world.

We hope you find this round-up inspiring and encouraging – and also helpful in making sure you’re fully equipped with all the resources you need for 2022.



Powerful coaching tools – key new resources in 2021

Strengthening the Strengths Movement through 20 Different Strengths Advantage Worksheets

With our aim of strengthening the Strengths movement, our focus is never static. We’re always working with you to explore new ways to increase coaching effectiveness, both for you and for your clients. For example, we now have over 20 different Strengths Advantage worksheets to help you guide your clients to apply their Strengths successfully in a wide range of scenarios.

Helping you find what you need

We also want to make your life as a coach as simple as possible. So with an ever-expanding list of Cascade tools, we spent some time this summer collating everything together to produce two guides to help you quickly and easily find which resources you need. We’d suggest bookmarking these for frequent reference!

A good place to start

If you’re still quite new to Cascade – or in need of a refresher – we also created a Getting Started video this year. In it, Cascade founder Richard talks through how to use Cascade and its main features.

Personal is best

Finally, we’ve had lots of positive feedback on a recent new feature in Cascade that allows you to write your own title text at the top of a report. It’s such a simple thing! But it’s amazing how making a report more personal to better match a client’s situation makes the world of difference. Discover more here.



Digging deeper into well-being topics

In a year full of challenges, there’s rightly been a deepening focus on well-being across the coaching community and beyond. So in response, we’ve developed new resources to help us all expand our understanding of well-being topics through the power of Strengths.

Psychological Safety
One area we've worked on in 2021 to further our aim of strengthening the Strengths movement is Psychological Safety

One big area of interest has been Psychological Safety. Particularly how to nurture it in workplace environments to improve team health and performance. So one of our most important areas of progress this year has been the creation of a Psychological Safety Strengths Advantage worksheet. We were thrilled to do this in collaboration with several coaches qualified in the topic and to get the endorsement of LeaderFactor to base the resource on their model of the 4 Stages of Psychological Safety.

Check out our blog with more background info on this topic. You’ll discover how combining it with Strengths can really help you understand what’s needed to create a safe environment.

Mindset resilience
Our new resource on Mindset Resilience has also helped us in our mission of strengthening the Strengths movement

The second big highlight for us under this wide topic of well-being was the development of a new resource on mindset resilience. Again, something much needed in these current times. We created this new Strengths Advance worksheet jointly with Laura Everest, whose own story of finding mental toughness after tragedy is truly inspirational.

Read our blog on Laura’s story, and explore how her experiences and the new resource will help you widen your coaching offering.



Much-loved reports still going strong

In a survey of our Facebook group earlier this year, we were fascinated to discover the most popular Cascade resource. The result? The Brings & Needs Report!

The Power of 2 report is another favourite among the Cascade Community

By unpacking what each of a client’s top 5 themes “brings” and “needs”, this report provides a brilliant insight into how they thrive. It’s unique to Cascade. So definitely add it to your coaching arsenal if you haven’t already!

We’ve also enhanced another popular resource – The Power of 2 – to encompass The Power of Me. Again, this report provides powerful new insights for your clients in how their themes blend to make them uniquely equipped.

It’s also great for creating personal statements as the report provides key theme phrases that can be combined. With endless combinations, you and your clients can pick phrases that resonate best and will be the most helpful for them to lean into going forwards.



Get ready for 2022

If you haven’t yet upgraded to the latest version of Cascade, why not use the quiet period after the festivities to download the update and get yourself ready for next year?!

Lots of the new resources detailed above are contained within the latest version. So you do need to have this in place to get the most out of Cascade. Follow our how-to guide for instructions on how to upgrade:

How to update Cascade to the latest version

Don’t forget that you need to have renewed your support package to be able to access the latest version. You’ll get access to all the upgrades and great new features for 12 months. Plus benefit from full technical support during this period too.

If your support package has expired but you want to renew it now to get ready for 2022, click on the relevant link below:

If you need help updating your version of Cascade or renewing your support package, please contact us quoting your Cascade license number.

You can also schedule a Zoom meeting so that we can guide you through updating or using Cascade. Visit our calendar to book a free session.

Other ideas to help get yourself ready

We’re delighted that as we continue our aim of strengthening the Strengths movement, we can now call ourselves a truly global enterprise. There are thousands of coaches using Cascade in over 60 different countries.

Thank you for being part of this! And part of a community that chooses to learn, develop and overcome challenges together. All with the desire to provide the best care, insight and guidance for our coaching clients.

We hope you have a restful and restorative break this festive season. We look forward to forging ahead with you in 2022.

Richard, Jill and the Cascade Team

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Cascade Connection -Issue 29

Cascade Connection -Issue 29

How to use Strengths to build Resilience and Wellbeing

Cascade Connection news

In this issue we share an amazing testimony of how focusing on Strengths in the midst of difficulty can help develop incredible mental resilience – and enable recovery. Plus with the release of Gallup’s new book on Wellbeing at Work, we explore how and why a Strengths approach can increase wellbeing.

Excitingly, both stories have led to the creation of two new Cascade worksheets you won’t want to miss out on… read on to discover more!




Developing Mindset Resilience

How do you recover from a setback? Or find the road to recovery when it all goes horribly wrong?

mindset resilience strengths mental toughness Cascade

Using Strengths to focus her mind, alongside the numerous medical procedures, she managed to get herself literally back on to her feet.

Coach and author Laura Everest shares her compelling story of how deepening her ‘mindset resilience’ was key to her recovery when she was left with devastating injuries after being hit by a car when out running.

Laura Everest Gallup Strengths Coach

We’ve been delighted to work with Laura – and her book ‘Rebuilt to Last’ – to develop a new Cascade worksheet for coaches to use with clients facing challenging situations.

Find out more in our Mindset Resilience post.

The new Mindset Resilience and Wellbeing worksheets are in the Strengths Advantage section of Cascade, part of the new release in May 2021 (more details below).



Taking Action to Improve Wellbeing

Gallup’s new book Wellbeing at Work is packed full of resources and tips to increase the five main areas of wellbeing: Career, Social, Financial, Physical and Community.

wellbeing Taking action with Cascade Strengths reports

With a primary focus on how to improve employee wellbeing and mental health in the workplace, the authors explain that in order to make a fundamental difference to our wellbeing, we need to take positive action. The best way to do this, is by using our Strengths.

Therefore we have created a new Cascade worksheet to use alongside the book, which demonstrates how to build on Strengths to increase the wellbeing scores in each of the five main areas.

The worksheet is simple to use. Displaying each element of wellbeing and a person’s top Strengths, the first part is to note the wellbeing score. Then, use the body of the worksheet to list actions against each strength that will help to increase the score.

The new Mindset Resilience and Wellbeing worksheets are in the Strengths Advantage section of Cascade, part of the new release in May 2021 (more details below).



New version of Cascade – v2.0r05e

The new version of Cascade is 2.0r05e is now available. To update your copy of Cascade, check out our guide: How to update Cascade to the latest version.

Improvements to Cascade include:

  • New Strengths Advantage worksheets for Mindset Resilience and Wellbeing.
  • Skip All Duplicates feature when Importing Themes. Choose to skip all the people from the Gallup export file who are already in Cascade. Previously, you could only skip one person at a time.
  • Formatting improvements for the reports in German.
  • Other minor tweaks to improve user experience.

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




Join a Team Workshop Event

Antonia Milkop Gallup strengths coach New Zealand

Antonia Milkop will be running two workshops on keeping CliftonStrengths® alive in teams. She was recently a guest in Gallup’s Community Coaching Call with Jim Collison. During the workshops, Antonia will share practical tips and explain how she uses the Cascade reports with teams.

Register for one of the events here:

Event 1 Registration details
US Central Time: 4.30pm on Monday June 7th
New Zealand: 9.30am on Tuesday June 8th

Event 2 Registration details
US Central Time: 4.30pm on Monday June 14th
New Zealand: 9.30am on Tuesday June 15th



Thank you

Thank you for being part of the Cascade Community and please contact us if you need any assistance.

Richard and the Cascade Team

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