Finding your “happy cadence” in business

The word cadence has to do with rhythm, the rhythm of sounds in nature, of music, of a person’s voice.

In exercise, we recognise cadence as the rhythm of a runner or cyclist; the “happy cadence” described by my physiotherapist as the pace at which I’m not damaging myself and can carry on running or cycling for hours.

Cadence in business is how often a regular events occurs.

For cadence to be effective, it has to be regular and maintained, so that the ear or the body – the patients or the team can become used to things being reliable.

It is in that reliability that performance becomes effortless. Things just get done.

The cadence of the morning huddle.

The cadence of the new patient consultation.

The cadence of the treatment plan presentation.

The cadence of the end of treatment protocol.


The way that you develop your “happy cadence” in business is to train, to practice and to rehearse, until your ideal is perfected.

Then the rhythm of your business creates it’s own sounds and they are easy on the ears, the eyes and the soul.

Imagine a business like that.


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Chris Barrow

Chris Barrow has been active as a consultant, trainer and coach to the UK dental profession for over 20 years. As a writer, his blog enjoys a strong following and he is a regular contributor to the dental press. Naturally direct, assertive and determined, he has the ability to reach conclusions quickly, as well as the sharp reflexes and lightness of touch to innovate, change tack and push boundaries. In 2014 he appeared as a “castaway” in the first season of the popular reality TV show “The Island with Bear Grylls”. His main professional focus is as Coach Barrow, providing coaching and mentorship to independent dentistry.