When the San Antonio Spurs win a championship, everyone gets a ring.
They believe that everyone plays a part in the organization’s success and that everyone should share in the recognition that comes with it. No person is too small to be recognized when the Spurs win big.
A colleague recently visited the Spurs headquarters as part of the San Antonio ATD Chapter’s monthly meeting and shared this insight with a few of us at work. We were all amazed, but not completely surprised. The Spurs are an incredible organization, and their success extends far beyond their performance on the basketball court.
You and your organization should be more like the Spurs.
When your organization wins big, make sure that no person is too small to be recognized.
Extend recognition not only to the people with hefty titles and pay grades to match, but to the people who labor behind the scenes to make all the accomplishments proclaimed in victory speeches possible. Don’t be afraid to name names, to individually thank people for their contributions, and dare to shine the light on those who played outsized and underappreciated roles in the organization’s win.
Show that what matters most is not the political opportunity for a few to tout a win, but rather the opportunity to revel in the collective efforts of many. Embrace the notion that it was the hard work of everyone, rather than the postured accomplishments of the connected few.
Embody the spirit of the quote famously posted in the Spurs locker room:
“When nothing seems to help, I go look at the stonecutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without so much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not the last blow that did it, but all that had gone before” – Jacob August Riis
Every organization is different, and every person is different, but it is your responsibility to figure out how to give everyone the opportunity to embrace the win so you can KEEP WINNING. Give them a note, put their name on a certificate, or list them on some plaque somewhere as having a hand in the win. Do something, ANYTHING, that works for your organization and your people.
Be more like the Spurs.
When you win your championship, give everyone your organization’s version of a ring.