The Tool at the Core of Cadence

October 15, 2019

One of the biggest tasks I faced during my first few weeks at GrowthLab was the construction of a Business and Accounting Strategic Calendar.

Creating the calendar from scratch was not the easiest task, and it required multiple revisions. This included making the entire calendar on Microsoft Word, finishing it, then having to start over again on Microsoft Excel due to easier ways of formatting, etc…

When I first began creating the calendar, I did not realize just how important it would turn out to be. I quickly learned that this calendar would become a vital tool to help companies and employees stay on top of important dates and deadlines.

The Business and Accounting Strategic Calendar can be formatted to any client’s business, and ensures that deadlines are met in an easy, accessible, and accountable way for the company and its employees. The calendar incorporates accounting deadlines, from month end closes, to financial deadlines, such as tax and LOC payments. It also includes annual strategic business cycle deadlines, such as a planned financial review and ELT strategy meetings. It is organized into three sections in a legend on the right side of the calendar, where each task and its associated date(s) that need to be met, are color coded to ensure an ease of finding it on the calendar.

GrowthLab Business and Accounting Calendar

Not only does this calendar help the client and its employees meet these deadlines, but it promotes something else as well; Cadence.

In the business-world, this buzz word is constantly being thrown around, stressing just how important it is to have.

Cadence allows operations to run as planned, deadlines to be met, and the overall workflow to be as efficient as possible. That is why this calendar is such a helpful tool to both clients and employees.

Just glancing at the whole year of 2019, knowing when tax payments are due, or when the next strategic meeting is, does not seem too mind-blowing; but things get busy, and tasks can fall through the cracks.

With the help of this calendar, it becomes repetition to know exactly when things are due. It also helps to achieve maximum efficiency within the company and ensure that nothing is past its deadline.

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