Teamwork (quotes)


The rewards of teamwork


Working together, we can combine brain power and knowledge

  • None of us is as smart as all of us. Ken Blanchard
  • I not only use all the brains I have, but all I can borrow. Woodrow Wilson
  • A dwarf on a giant’s shoulder, sees further of the two. George Herbert
  • If I have been able to see farther than others, it was because I stood on the shoulders of giants. Isaac Newton
  • Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than the one where they sprang up. Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • The lightning spark of thought generated in the solitary mind awakens its likeness in another mind. Thomas Carlyle
  • Two heads are better than one. Proverb
  • No one person, no one alliance, no one nation, no one of us is as smart as all of us thinking together. James Stavridis
  • Successful innovation is not a single breakthrough. It is not a sprint. It is not an event for the solo runner. Successful innovation is a team sport, it’s a relay race. Quyen Nguyen
  • I wish to have as my epitaph: ‘Here lies a man who was wise enough to bring into his service men who knew more than he.’ Andrew Carnegie
  • No one lives long enough to learn everything they need to learn starting from scratch. To be successful, we absolutely, positively have to find people who have already paid the price to learn the things that we need to learn to achieve our goals. Brian Tracy
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Working together, we’re stronger and more powerful

  • “We = power” Lorii Myers
  • Only by binding together as a single force will we remain strong and unconquerable. Chris Bradford
  • A single arrow is easily broken, but not ten in a bundle. Japanese Proverb
  • Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean. Ryunosuke Satoro
  • In union there is strength. Aesop
  • One piece of log creates a small fire, adequate to warm you up, add just a few more pieces to blast an immense bonfire, large enough to warm up your entire circle of friends; needless to say that individuality counts but team work dynamites. Master Jin Kwon
  • The strength of the team is each individual member…the strength of each member is the team. Coach Phil
  • The most powerful force ever known on this planet is human cooperation. Jonathan Haidt
  • Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved. Mattie Stepanek
  • When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion. Ethiopian Proverb
  • Strength is derived from unity. The range of our collective vision is far greater when individual insights become one.  Andrew Carnegie
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Working together, we can achieve more

  • The path to greatness is along with others. Baltasar Gracion
  • Teamwork is the secret that make common people achieve uncommon result. Enoch Onuoha
  • I love teamwork. I love the idea of everyone rallying together to help me win. Jarod Kintz
  • There is no such thing as a self-made man. You will reach your goals only with the help of others. George Shinn
  • Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. Helen Keller
  • Teamwork divides the task and doubles the success.
  • Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable. Kenyan Proverb
  • Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.  Henry Ford
  • Working together works. Rob Gilbert
  • Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. Margaret Meade
  • It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed. Napoleon Hill
  • Being a part of success is more important than being personally indispensable. Pat Riley
  • TEAM — Together Everyone Achieves More.
  • Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together. Vesta M. Kelly
  • An assigned team can do good things; a self-organized team can accomplish great things. Kare Anderson
  • We exist as a community, yet we achieve as a team. Boris Pluskowski
  • People have been known to achieve more as a result of working with others than against them. Allan Fromme
  • Individuals play the game, but teams beat the odds. SEAL Team saying
  • The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual. Vince Lombardi
  • People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society. Vince Lombardi
  • Teamwork divides that tasks and multiplies the success.
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Working together feels good and helps share the load

  • The nice thing about teamwork is that you always have others on your side. Margaret Carty
  • Many hands make light work. John Heywood
  • Light is the task where many share the toil. Homer
  • A job worth doing is worth doing together.
  • Safety is a basic human need. People with a sense of security and belonging are stabilized for learning, creating, innovating. A group of wonderfully cared for, confident individuals will generate great ideas.  John Sweeney

Working together helps solve problems

  • No problem is insurmountable. With a little courage, teamwork and determination a person can overcome anything. Dodge
  • The secret is to gang up on the problem, rather than each other. Thomas Stallkamp
  • Diverse groups of problem solvers outperformed the groups of the best individuals at solving complex problems. The reason: the diverse groups got stuck less often than the smart individuals, who tended to think similarly. Scott E. Page
  • If we would just support each other — that’s ninety percent of the problem. Edward Gardner
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Working effectively with others is one of life’s most important skills

  • Teamwork is so important that it is virtually impossible for you to reach the heights of your capabilities or make the money that you want without becoming very good at it. Brian Tracy
  • Teamplayer: One who unites others toward a shared destiny through sharing information and ideas, empowering others and developing trust. Dennis Kinlaw
  • What is the recipe for successful achievement? To my mind there are just four essential ingredients: Choose a career you love, give it the best there is in you, seize your opportunities, and be a member of the team. Benjamin F. Fairless

What are the requirements for a strong team?


The strongest teams share a vision

  • Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results. Andrew Carnegie
  • When we dream alone it is only a dream, but when many dream together it is the beginning of a new reality. Friedensreich Hundertwasser
  • If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea. Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • No man or woman is an island. To exist just for yourself is meaningless. You can achieve the most satisfaction when you feel related to some greater purpose in life, something greater than yourself. Denis Waitley
  • A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality. John Lennon
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Members of strong teams put the team first

  • If a team is to reach its potential, each player must be willing to subordinate his personal goals to the good of the team. Bud Wilkinson
  • If a team is to reach its potential, each player must be willing to subordinate his personal goals to the good of the team.
  • The ratio of We’s to I’s is the best indicator of the development of a team. Lewis B. Ergen
  • Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work. Vince Lombardi
  • In order to have a winner, the team must have a feeling of unity; every player must put the team first- ahead of personal glory. Paul Bear Bryant
  • A man may do an immense deal of good, if he does not care who gets the credit for it. Father Strickland

In strong teams, there is a sense of unity and being in it together

  • Cooperation is the thorough conviction that nobody can get there unless everybody gets there. Virginia Burden
  • Build for your team a feeling of oneness, of dependence on one another and of strength to be derived by unity. Vince Lombardi
  • Members of groups that do not meet regularly together usually do not feel a strong sense of belonging and do not take ownership for the success of the group.
  • Teamwork represents a set of values that encourage behaviors such as listening and constructively responding to points of view expressed by others, giving others the benefit of the doubt, providing support to those who need it, and recognizing the interests and achievements of others. Katzenbach & Smith
  • All for one, one for all. Alexander Dumas
  • Remember upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all. Alexander the Great
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In strong teams, there is openness and honesty and trust

  • It’s as simple as this. When people don’t unload their opinions and feel like they’ve been listened to, they won’t really get on board. Patrick Lencioni
  • Great teams do not hold back with one another. They are unafraid to air their dirty laundry. They admit their mistakes, their weaknesses, and their concerns without fear of reprisal. Patrick Lencioni
  • Remember teamwork begins by building trust. And the only way to do that is to overcome our need for invulnerability. Patrick Lencioni
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It is now how each person performs but how well they work together and pull together

  • A boat doesn’t go forward if each one is rowing their own way. Swahili proverb
  • If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself. Henry Ford
  • The challenge of every team is to build a feeling of oneness, of dependence on one another because the question is usually not how well each person performs, but how well they work together. Vince Lombardi
  • The best teamwork comes from men who are working independently toward one goal in unison. James Cash
  • When a team outgrows individual performance and learns team confidence, excellency becomes a reality. Joe Paterno
  • One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team. Kareem Abdul- Jabbar
  • A unifying goal has power only if all groups pull together to make it a reality. Morten Hansen

Strong teams play, laugh, have fun together

  • Socializing seemed to lead naturally to working together. Fred Saberhagen
  • If you can laugh together, you can work together. Robert Orben
  • Win together, lose together, play together, stay together. Debra Mancuso
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Here are some behaviours conducive to effective teamwork

  • Kindness makes for much better teamwork. John Wooden
  • A team is more than a collection of people. It is a process of give and take. Barbara Glacel & Emile Robert Jr.
  • Acknowledgement and celebration are essential to fueling passion, making people feel valid and valuable, and giving the team a real sense of progress that makes it all worthwhile. Dwight Frindt
  • Without forgiveness, there can be no real freedom to act within a group. Max DePree
  • Real teams don’t emerge unless individuals on them take risks involving conflict, trust, interdependence and hard work. Katzenbach & Smith
  • When you’re part of a team, you stand up for your teammates. Your loyalty is to them. You protect them through good and bad, because they’d do the same for you. Yogi Berra

Here are more requirements for effective teamwork

  • The key elements in the art of working together are how to deal with change, how to deal with conflict, and how to reach our potential…the needs of the team are best met when we meet the needs of individuals persons. Max DePree
  • We have always found that people are most productive in small teams with tight budgets, time lines and the freedom to solve their own problems. John Rollwagen
  • When a gifted team dedicates itself to unselfish trust and combines instinct with boldness and effort, it is ready to climb. Patanjali
  • A group becomes a team when each member is sure enough of himself and his contribution to praise the skills of the others. Norman Shidle
  • The greater the loyalty of a group toward the group, the greater is the motivation among the members to achieve the goals of the group, and the greater the probability that the group will achieve its goals. Rensis Likert

Getting people to work together has its challenges

  • Conflict is inevitable in a team … in fact, to achieve synergistic solutions, a variety of ideas and approaches are needed. These are the ingredients for conflict. Susan Gerke
  • Gettin’ good players is easy. Gettin’ ’em to play together is the hard part. —Casey Stengel

An orchestra or choir makes a good analogy for teamwork

  • No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it.  E. Luccock
  • I love to hear a choir. I love the humanity… to see the faces of real people devoting themselves to a piece of music. I like the teamwork. It makes me feel optimistic about the human race when I see them cooperating like that. Paul McCartney
  • I dream of a collaboration that would finally be total, in which the librettist would often think as a composer and the composer as a librettist. Jacques Ibert
  • A choir is made up of many voices, including yours and mine. If one by one all go silent then all that will be left are the soloists. Don’t let a loud few determine the nature of the sound. It makes for poor harmony and diminishes the song. Vera Nazarian
  • Each soul has its own note to sing in the divine chorus and no voice is more important than another. Prem Prakash

On a lighter note

  • A team effort is a lot of people doing what I say. Michael Winner
  • Teamwork is a lot of people doing what I say. Dilbert
  • Teamwork is essential – it allows you to blame someone else.
  • I’d collaborate with my clones, because I’m a team player who wants all the credit. Jarod Kintz