The Power of 2

power of 2 two clifton strengthfinder themes cascade gallup strength partnership pairInspired by the book The Power of 2 this worksheet explores how two people can work effectively together.  Examples of situations include:

  • Two colleagues struggling to work together to understand where there are clashes of themes and explore potential positive collaborative opportunities.
  • Two colleagues who work well together to better understand why they are effective, and explore ways to make the partnership even more successful.
  • A member of staff and their manager to understand each other’s perspective based on their themes.
  • Two people setting out on a project or business venture to spot potential clash points and explore the opportunities for collaboration.
  • Two people in a marriage or domestic partnership.

Page Description

Select the names of two people in the yellow boxes at the top of the screen. The names in the drop-down lists are from the Team page.

One person’s themes are displayed across the top of the page and the themes for the other person are shown down the left-hand side.  A brief description is provided next to each theme.

Tip: To swap the two names over, click on the green arrow to the right of the yellow boxes.
The grid can be used to note how each theme across the top can enhance or temper the themes down the side.

Activity Ideas

Explore how the themes of the person on the left, can enhance the themes for the person on the top. (Write these in blue)

Consider how the themes of the person on the left, can rub against or aggravate the themes for the person on the top. (Write these in red)

Repeat the exercise above with the names and themes swapped over.

Theme Dynamics

Considering the Balcony of each theme, what are the best opportunities for each of the theme combinations between the two people?

The book Expanding Your Strengths can provide additional insights.

Use the same name for both axes. In which ways can that person’s themes enhance or temper each other?

Additional Resources

The Power of 2 is featured in the April issue of Cascade Connection. It includes examples how other coaches are using the Power of 2 in their coaching conversations.

Power of 2 review worksheet conversations PDF Strengthsfinder Cascade compare themeDeon Rademeyer shares a worksheet to review the status of a partnership. It helps to highlight the areas working well and what needs to improve. It can also show up an imbalance of understanding between the two people.
Click on the image to see the full worksheet.

Alicia Santamaria has created an activity guide to accompany Cascade’s Power of 2 worksheet. You can see her guide here.