How can you take advantage of your themes in different situations?
The Theme Advantage report in Cascade helps a client find practical applications for their themes. The worksheet enables them to explore the wider aspects of their themes for specific situations.
As you get to know your client or member of staff, choose a worksheet to help them overcome something they find challenging. It’s all about taking advantage of our themes to bring out our best. Help your client discover new ways to use their natural talents.
Choose from the wide variety of topics to find the most suitable worksheet. Think about what will help them with collaboration or being more effective in their team. Perhaps something to do with their personal management or the way they lead others.
Use the worksheet to facilitate a 1:1 conversation or as part of a team exercise.
Theme Advantage Topics
At the top of the page, select a topic from the drop-down list.
The left panel of the page reveals the parts relating to the topic. Encourage your client to think about how they can use their themes to contribute to each part. Some themes will have a bigger role than others.
Help your client explore the dimensions of their themes and explore new ways to apply them. See if they can discover some new opportunities.
To be effective in a role, there are four elements that drive productivity. These align closely with the four Domains of Leadership. You can look at the four elements together or delve deeper into one specific area.
- Decision Making
Help your client make informed decisions and find the best way forward.
- Persuading Others
Your client may have some great ideas, help them to convince others and get them on board.
Does your client tend to work on their own? Help them see the benefits of working with others and build trust.
- Getting Things Done
Help your client turn their thoughts into actions and find the motivation to finish.
Additional Bonus Pack Topics
The Bonus Pack opens up more topics, revealing additional worksheets.
Help your client increase their leadership effectiveness by consciously providing the four needs of followers. Consider how their themes can build Trust, show Compassion, deliver Stability and maintain Hope.
- Creating a New Team
As individuals come together creating a new team, help them go through Tuckman’s stages of group development. Explore new ways to use the themes in the team to navigate through the Forming, Storming, Norming and Performing stages.
- Situational Leadership
A new manager or perhaps a seasoned manager may focus on a single management style. The Situational Leadership model suggests four different approaches depending on the circumstances. Discuss each management style to increase their awareness of what is available. Explore how they can best use their themes with a style in a way that works for them. This will help them be more dynamic with their ability to manage a variety of people and situations.
- Managing Others
Taking responsibility for staff can be tough and at times draining. Help a manager use their themes creatively to assign the right tasks to individuals. Explore which themes provide clarity, maintain motivation and stimulate development.
- Managing Change
We all experience change. Learning how to approach change productively can create a more positive impact. As there are several change models available, this worksheet considers the four basic stages to apply themes. Help your client see how they can use their themes at each stage.
Whichever project management methodology you use, there are generally four stages. The worksheet for the Project Management topic helps a client appreciate the advantage of their themes for each stage. Translating this into the project model will provide a wider appreciation and use of their themes.
- Agile Projects
Some staff may find challenging to contribute effectively to all the Agile ceremonies in the sprint. The Agile Projects topic helps staff to identify new ways they can increase their involvement in each of the ceremonies. There may be opportunities to combine their themes with a colleague for greater effectiveness. Use the worksheet in a team session to draw out the unique qualities from each person.
Rhythm of Motivation
How can your client regularly feed their themes so they can constantly give of their best? Use the Rhythm of Motivation worksheet to help a person discover what they need everyday, every week and each month. What big things do they need each quarter or year?
Setting up regular cycles to feed each theme will increase motivation and energy levels.
This is also a good worksheet to use when someone is moving into a new season of life. Help them to plan a routine that will provide stability in a new environment.
Managing in a Crisis
When hit with a difficult time, a first reaction may be to panic or withdraw into oneself. The Crisis Management worksheet helps clients use their themes to be more intentional with their actions for the long term good.
The steps explore getting the right perspective on what is really happening to overcome any bias from their themes. Discovering what is most important, the other steps help your client bring hope to others and plan for the present and the future.
VUCA was developed by the US Military in the 1990s. It is an acronym for Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Uncertainty which all contribute to confusion.
The VUCA model breaks the situation down to what you know and what you can control. It provides a better platform to move forward. As you move forward, use principles and not procedures to create a more flexible approach. It is all about confident agility. As a leader, being clear about each aspect will bring hope and trust to those following.
The VUCA elements also help with decision making and leadership in times of chaos. More information is at VUCA World.
Theme Advantage Updates
The Crisis Management and VUCA worksheets were added in May 2020 in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. They are available in Cascade from version 2.0r04f onwards.
We describe more about the Theme Advantage page in the July 2019 edition of Cascade Connection.
Tip: You could create a blank worksheet so each person writes in their own themes. Create an example person in the Theme Table with no themes. Then select that person for the Theme Advantage report.
Note: The links to external websites show examples of the management models or processes available. They are purely examples for more information. There is no endorsement of those organisations or sites. Lots of other websites provide similar information when searching the internet.