The Spurs have been consistent. Yes, I realize that is an understatement, but it is their key to excellence. Their business model is based on their vision; to consistently put a winning team on the court and consistently win games.
Is was Vince Lombardi that said "Winning is not a sometime thing, it is an all the time thing. You don't do things right once in a while...you do them right all the time."
From the coach, to the front office, to the players to the ownership, they have been consistent in their efforts, teamwork, dedication and their drive for success. The Spurs have consistently put athletes in positions that play to their strengths, while some of these athletes may have been waived or passed over by other teams in the league they came to San Antonio for a dramatic renaissance or make a Lazarus like comeback. The Spurs have consistently exercised discipline and focus, not just on the court but off the court as well which is why you would be hard pressed to find a player make the tabloid pages. While some may think of consistency as repetition or becoming predictable, it is providing predictable, reliable results every time. Coach Pop consistently looks for ways to improve his game plans by adjusting and tuning his offensive and defensive game strategy. This last season was a great example of this. After the loss in the finals of the previous season, Coach Pop went back and looked at game tapes and came to one conclusion, the ball needs to move faster. He adjusted his offensive strategy, the team adopted and embraced the new direction. The team was able to provide consistent results, all players contributed regardless of their time on the court and the season culminated in a championship. Consistency allows for measurement, accountability, relevance and establishes your reputation.
My father would tell me; "Consistency, Consistency, Consistency!" My dad was consistent in the things he did in his career and his personal life. It was something that he picked up in the Army with the 2nd Infantry Division. I think back on my fathers life especially now that he passed in June. He was interred at Ft. Sam Houston with full military honors being a veteran of The Korean War. Dad believed that consistency was the source of excellence, the path of success. You had to get good at what you do and be consistent about it. To my dad it was the only way.
It is consistently giving up a good opportunity for a great one, consistently working on and mastering your fundamentals, consistently managing your business and cash flow and consistently providing great customer service/experience.
Consistently doing things right all the time will ensure that your small organization has a long and successful run.