The Importance of Level 1

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I heard a story about Yo-Yo Ma, the world class cellist, thrilled talking with another musician when he realized they both still practice scales to this day.

There’s something about “Level 1” that’s so important and underrated.

I run into it all the time in culture work. A a company wants a big payoff, win, revenue (insert any goal) and they look to the latest tool or technique. But I almost always find the answer is in going back to a core value or principle that guides a team’s success.  That’s level 1.

We are always at Level 1.