3 things your small business can learn from the 2014 NBA champions

June 17, 2014

The Spurs’ team effort during the NBA finals offers tips for your small business success.

On Sunday night, the San Antonio Spurs went on to beat the Miami Heat 104 - 87 to become the 2014 NBA champions. Whether you’re a sports fan or not, you probably saw Spurs’ fans congratulating their team and asserting their bragging rights on social media. Though the Spurs won, the Heat’s record is still pretty impressive. The team has made it to the NBA finals four years straight and emerged as champions twice. But there’s one thing that makes the Spurs stand-out, the length that the team has been together. Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili are known as the Big Three of the San Antonio Spurs. The veteran team members have played together for 11 consecutive seasons. Their leadership has obviously left a positive mark on the team.

What can your small business learn from the leadership of Duncan, Parker and Ginobili? The Heat are known as a young and energetic team, determined to show the sports world that they’re the best of the best. When you think of the Miami Heat franchise, you immediately associate the team to  LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh rounding out the team’s big three. When you hear of these player’s talents, especially with James, you often hear about how great they are individually. But when you hear the names Duncan, Parker and Ginobili, their talents rise to the top due to the trio’s collective efforts and those of their surprisingly good supporting cast. Because we know that teamwork makes the dream work, here are three things your small business can learn from the 2014 NBA championship team.

There is no “I” in team. Having a solid team can ensure your company’s success. Hiring the best employees for your small business is important. When bringing on new staff, pay close attention to whether or not they’re a team player. If you get the impression that they’re more me, me, me versus we, we, we, they might not be the right person for your team.

Give everyone an opportunity to lead. Tim Duncan has been with the Spurs the longest. With the success he’s helped bring the team, he could exclusively command the team’s leadership role. But within the Spurs, everyone has an opportunity to lead. Parker and Ginobili have been given opportunities to lead the Spurs as well as other members of the team. The NBA Finals Most Value Player (MVP) went to newbie Kawhi Leonard a young player who took the opportunity to play a major role in the Spurs win.

Envy your competition – Just a little. The Spurs dominated the finals from the very beginning. This is probably because they were seeking revenge. The Heat beat the Spurs last year due to a three-pointer during the last seconds of the third quarter from Mario Chalmers. This helped shift the momentum and solidify their lead heading into the fourth quarter. The Spurs were determined not to lose to the Heat again. There are other lessons you can learn from the Miami Heat loss to the San Antonio Spurs, but keeping the three tips above top of mind can play a vital role in ensuring your small business is successful.