I think John Wooden is great. For those of you who are not familiar with him he is probably the most successful basketball coach in NCAA history. Click here to check out his stats.


One of the many keys to his success is to stick with the basics.


He worried little about the competition. “Play your own game”, he would say, “and do your very best. You can’t control what others do”.


Don’t get fancy. Do the basics well. His teams focused on fundamentals. When a player was having a difficult time shooting from outside, he would have him practice layups and gradual work back up to outside shooting. We has a master of doing the most important things well.


The same is true about business. You must do the right things well, or exceedingly well. The challenge is that there are a thousand different ideas about what those right things are. Some would argue marketing, some people development, some fulfillment, some money management. All of which are important.


Fact is you must do all those things well in order to build an extraordinary business. So the questions is how do you do all those things well.


The Level Seven System suggests that everything you do is a system. If you improve the system then you improve the business. If you become systems driven, then all those areas I mentioned before get addressed and ultimately work at maximum effectiveness and efficiency.


Back to basics I say and consider the fundamental and potentially business transforming question, “How do we create a fully systems driven business?”