The Golden State Warriors are the perfect story of persistence and overcoming adversity. After 40 years in the NBA, the Warriors finally brought home an NBA Championship in 2015 after an incredible season (67-15 record). The Warriors’ key to success was not just in their talented players, but in the organization’s overall value of teamwork, risk-taking, innovation, and emphasis on good character throughout all levels of the organization. The philosophy of all levels working for the greater good to achieve its goals was the foundation for the Warrior’s slogan – Strength in Numbers.
Bob Myers, General Manager and Rick Welts, President & COO of the Warriors shared their keys to building a championship culture during their keynote address on the opening day of Dreamforce. (Watch the full presentation here.)
11 Quotes on Building a Championship Culture
1. “It’s easy to be a good person when things are going well. We try to find people that will rise up when things are not going well. When we build a team, it’s not just how is this person going to be when things are good… when things are rough… then who are you?” -Bob Myers
2. “We have to have a commonality and purpose. We have to understand that each of us is dependent on the success of the others in the organization to reach the goals we’re trying to accomplish. It’s never an easy thing.” -Rick Welts
3. “How do you build a successful organization or culture? It’s the people. The people part, in business and basketball, is huge.” -Bob Myers
4. “If you like who you work with, who you interact with every day, you’re going to accomplish better things.” -Bob Myers
5. “If you can build a team full of high-quality people, and you bring aboard someone who may lack qualities, they’re probably likely to go in the right direction.” -Bob Myers
6. “To allow your organization the permission to fail is a very powerful thing. If we want to really be thought leaders and industry leaders, it doesn’t come without taking risks. We’re not afraid to take those risks that will get us to a better place.” -Rick Welts
7. “If you work with people that are bringing you up constantly – really bright, really passionate people – you can’t help but get pulled in that direction.” -Bob Myers
8. “Instant gratification is so overrated. It’s about the process. It’s the difficulty. It’s the grind of all of it that you better enjoy. That’s what makes it great.” -Bob Myers
9. “If you can live with the ups and downs, pick yourself up every morning, then there’s nothing more gratifying.” -Rick Welts
10. “It comes down to competitiveness. I hate to lose. We want people in our organization that hate to lose – that want to compete every single day, so you continue to strive to win.” -Bob Myers
11. “You stay elite by constantly moving forward.” -Bob Myers
How can you and your organization implement these keys to success in building a championship culture?