Theme Advantage

How can you take advantage of your themes in different situations?

Cascade strengthsfinder theme advantage worksheet report aim applicationThe Theme Advantage report is a recent addition to Cascade (introduced in version 2.0r02a). It is a worksheet to help a client explore the wider aspects of their themes for specific areas.

Help your client use their themes to be more effective in their work. Topics include decision making, collaboration, leadership styles, project management and more.

Use the worksheet to facilitate a 1:1 conversation or as part of a team exercise. When creating the worksheet, there are three parts of the report to consider.

Client Name

Select the name of the client from the drop-down list. If you cannot see their name, check it is visible on the Team Grid. The names on the Team page generate the names for the drop-down list.

Number of Themes

Choose your theme display option. Click on the blue button to rotate through the display choices.

  • Top 5 themes
  • Themes 6 – 10
  • Themes 11 – 15

Note: Displaying themes beyond the Top 5 requires the Bonus Pack.

Theme Advantage Topics

Select from the drop-down list a topic for the focus of the Theme Advantage page.

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. Not all themes will have a role to play for each part. You may be able to discover some new opportunities.

Refer to their I Bring / I Need report for inspiration.

Topic Subjects
Productivity

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 a 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.
  • Collaboration
    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, creating additional worksheets.

Leadership

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.
Project Management

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.

 

The Theme Advantage page was introduced in the July edition Cascade Connection.

Tip: You could create a blank worksheet so each person writes in their own themes. Select the theme display to show themes 6-10 for a person with only their top 5 themes.

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.