A few short weeks ago, I had no idea what Caydence was as a business term!

I saw it on a planning session and I thought, what’s that? So, of course, I Googled it!

The literal meaning is both “a modulation or inflection of the voice” or “a sequence of notes or chords comprising the close of a musical phrase.” This was all well and good, but neither definition gave me any idea of what a 90-day caydence was!

So, I searched a little further and found out it IS still a rhythm, but within a business environment, “a cadence refers to the frequency, format, and sequence with which a manager meets with the individuals on their team”.

So, it’s about setting up regular meetings and/or sessions where people have the opportunity to share views and information. It is the regularity, the sequence and uniformity that creates the rhythm. Everyone knows what is expected, when it will happen, and they are ready for it.

Adding this routine to every working day can create many benefits, including:

  1. Raising awareness! Whether this is a whole team meeting or split into daily department meetings, setting a time each day for issues to be raised and solutions to be found allows your team to feel part of the solution and therefore empowered to resolve anything that may come up.
  2. Improving Moral! Especially at the moment in these weird and wonderful times, many people are working from home. Therefore, involvement is even more important and the ‘normality’ of a regular meeting can help them to still feel a part of the team and it’s needs. It’s a good way to keep an eye on their wellbeing too!
  3. Using all your Resources! Your team have many different skill sets and getting different ideas is a great way to not only bond your team, but also find solutions you never even thought of. Always make sure that all team members are involved, as some will be quieter than others, so encourage everyone at these meetings to have a voice.

So, do you think that Caydence should be used in this way? Is it just another business metaphor, like ‘low hanging fruit’ or ‘window of opportunity’? Or is it something that can have a real impact on our businesses?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.

Personally, I think regular meeting with my team are crucial, but would I call them caydence meetings? Probably not!

Denise Fowler