Enhanced Team Grid – 2

The dynamic Team Grid in Cascade graphically displays the CliftonStrengths® themes for a team. The flexible grid contains over 3000 different ways to compose the page. Save time with the automatic calculation of the statistical information which highlights the top 5 themes for the team.

  • Display Themes for top 5, top 10, top 15, top Dominant or All 34.
  • Multiple ways to select people to include in the grid.
  • Select and sort people by Theme or Domain.
  • Choose from a wide of display options.
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Themes to Display

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How many themes do you want to display?
Choose from the top 5, top 10, top 15, top Dominant, All 34 or None. You can also add in the Bottom 5 to spice things up.

The intensity of the shading for the theme numbers varies according to the position of the theme.

  • Top 5 themes have solid shading
  • Themes 6 – 15 show partial shading
  • Themes 16 – 29 have no shading
  • The bottom 5 themes (30 – 34) show grey shading

The Dominant theme count is the number of top themes a person considers as their ‘Go To’ themes. Usually, this is around 10. The value for the number of dominant themes, between 8 and 15, can be entered in the Theme Table. If no value is available, Cascade assumes 10 Dominant themes.

The other team reports, Team Summary, Frequency, and Spark Chart look to the Team Grid to represent the same number of themes. Selecting the top 10 themes here will cause the Team Summary report to represent the top 10 themes. Where the selection is for All 34 themes, the other team reports drop down to the top 15. Likewise, the Bottom 5 themes are removed when viewing the team reports.

Team Selection

One of the powerful features with the Cascade Team Grid is the ability select people from a wide range of criteria. Using the information provided in the Theme Table you can create multiple combinations. In addition, you can select by theme or domain to identify strengths across an organisation.

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Use the Filter options next to each heading to select the people for the grid. Tick or untick the relevant boxes from the drop-down list depending on who you want to include. Refine your list by filtering on more than one column. You can also sort the people by any of the columns.

You can filter by Theme enabling you to select those with a certain theme. The Domain totals on the right provide the opportunity to filter and sort by Domain. This makes it easy to find anyone with a specific theme or people with the highest number of themes in a domain.

To reset the filtering, click on the Clear Filters button to restore the complete list of clients.

Having everything together helps to identify suitable partners who may be in a different department. It also provides a view of the whole company or your complete client base, where you can easily find all the people with a specific theme.

Domain Order

What is the correct order for the Domains?

Cascade Order

Cascade displays the Domains in the order SIRE (Strategic Thinking, Influencing, Relationship Building and Executing) as this is often the way things happen within a team. It helps to demonstrate the connection and synergy between the Domains, going from left to right. We believe that Strategic Thinking should come before Executing. More information about the domains in the SIRE order is discussed at 4 Leadership Domains

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4 SIRE Domains with the Cascade Domain Contributions

The Task orientated domains are on the outside with the people-centric domains in the middle. This order also supports conversations on what happens when the presence of a domain is absent.

Gallup Order

Gallup show the Domains in alphabetical order EIRS (Executing, Influencing, Relationship Building and Strategic Thinking).

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4 EIRS Domains with the Gallup Domain Descriptions

To satisfy both camps, the Domain Order button allows you to switch the order of the Domains according to your preference. (This may appear like a simple button but there is a ton of work going on behind the scenes).

Domain Descriptions

New to the Team Grid are options to show the descriptions for the domains. There are two sets of text to suit your preference, which may depend on the order of the Domains.

  • Domain Descriptions – See Gallup’s descriptions for each of the Domains. This is using the new Gallup text released in October 2018.
  • Domain Contribution – See how each Domain contributes to the team in terms of the What, the Why, the Who and the How.

Display Options

The menu at the top of the page makes it easy to adjust the layout and the headings for the page. Click on the buttons to show or hide a column or a row.

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  • Domain Descriptions – Add in the Gallup descriptions for each Domain.
  • Domain Contribution – Show how the Domains connect with each other to contribute to the overall effectiveness of the team.
  • Row 8 (Totals) – Below the theme names are the number of times that theme appears in the Team Grid. The theme totals bar does not show any values when the bottom 5 themes are visible.
    Read more about the Theme Totals
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  • Column E (Area) – The Area column on the Team Grid comes from the Theme Table.
  • Column F (Team) – The Team column on the Team Grid comes from the Theme Table.
  • Row 10 (Headings) – When printing the Team Grid, a blank row appears below the theme totals bar. This row contains the headings for the Name column which you may want to remove.
  • Client Names – Showing several team combinations on The Team Grid leads to discussions about how the weightings across the domains can affect the dynamics of a team.  If you display real teams, you may want to hide the names of the people to protect their privacy.


Use the Print and PDF icon buttons to quickly create paper or PDF results of your Team Grid.

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You can also copy the Team Grid to a PowerPoint slide.

Refresh Page

This is the Get out of Jail Free button to piece the page back together if it all goes horribly wrong. You won’t lose any data, it sorts out the rows and columns then replaces over 100,000 pieces of formulae. When making lots of changes to the Theme Table, you may experience #REF in the Team Grid so the Refresh Page button will restore order.

Additional Tips

To create a PDF or show the Team Grid in PowerPoint, check out the Support Hub.

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