Quotations about Teamwork

Effective teamwork will not take the place of knowing how to do the job or how to manage the work. Poor teamwork, however, can prevent effective final performance. And it can also prevent team members from gaining satisfaction in being a member of a team and the organization.

~Robert F. Bales

Do you want a collection of brilliant minds or a brilliant collection of minds?

~R. Meredith Belbin

None of us is as smart as all of us.

~Ken Blanchard

The ideas that come out of most brainstorming sessions are usually superficial, trivial, and not very original. They are rarely useful. The process, however, seems to make uncreative people feel that they are making innovative contributions and that others are listening to them.

~A. Harvey Block

Teams are successful when they are focused, have a short cycle time, and are supported by the executives.

~Tom Bouchard

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

Synergism is the simultaneous actions of separate entities which together have greater total effect than the sum of their individual effects.

~Buchholz and Roth

Wearing the same shirts doesn’t make you a team

~Buchholz and Roth

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

The nice thing about teamwork is that you always have others on your side.

~Margaret Carty

The era of the rugged individual is giving way to the era of the team player.

Everyone is needed, but no one is necessary.

~Bruce Coslet

Synergy is the highest activity of life; it creates new untapped alternatives; it values and exploits the mental, emotional, and psychological differences between people.

~Stephen Covey

You put together the best team that you can with the players you’ve got, and replace those who aren’t good enough.

~Robert Crandall

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

Without forgiveness, there can be no real freedom to act within a group.

~Max DePree

No problem is insurmountable. With a little courage, teamwork and determination a person can overcome anything.

~B. Dodge

If I could solve all the problems myself, I would.

~Thomas Edison (when asked why he had a team of twenty-one assistants)

The ratio of We’s to I’s is the best indicator of the development of a team.

~Lewis B. Ergen

Coming together is a beginning.

Keeping together is progress.

Working together is success.

~Henry Ford

We must all hang together, or assuredly, we shall all hang separately.

~Benjamin Franklin

We must indeed all hang together, or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.

~Benjamin Franklin

People have been known to achieve more as a result of working with others than against them.

~Dr. Allan Fromme

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

Working together works.

~Dr. Rob Gilbert

A team is more than a collection of people. It is a process of give and take.

~Barbara Glacel & Emile Robert, Jr.

The path to greatness is along with others.

~Baltasar Gracion

All winning teams are goal-oriented. Teams like these win consistently because everyone connected with them concentrates on specific objectives. They go about their business with blinders on; nothing will distract them from achieving their aims.

~Lee Holtz

The strength of the team is each individual member…the strength of each member is the team.

~Phil Jackson

Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.

~Michael Jordan

A demanding performance challenge tends to create a team.

~Katzenbach & Smith

Fun is only real and sustainable if it feeds off the team’s purpose and performance aspirations.

~Katzenbach & Smith

Overcoming barriers to performance is how groups become teams.

~Katzenbach & Smith

Real teams don’t emerge unless individuals on them take risks involving conflict, trust, interdependence and hard work.

~Katzenbach & Smith

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

The same dynamics that promote performance also support learning and behavioral change.

~Katzenbach & Smith

We’re going to turn this team around 360 degrees.

~Jason Kidd (upon being drafted to the Dallas Mavericks)

Teamplayer: One who unites others toward a shared destiny through sharing information and ideas, empowering others and developing trust.

~Dennis Kinlaw

Work and self-worth are the two factors in pride that interact with each other and that tend to increase the strong sense of pride found in superior work teams. When people do something of obvious worth, they feel a strong sense of personal worth.

~Dennis Kinlaw

Teamwork is the lynchpin in our long term success.

~Ned Lautenbach

Individual commitment to a group effort — that is what makes a team work a company work, a society work, a civilization work.

~Vince Lombardi

People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.

~Vince Lombardi

Teamwork is what the Green Bay Packers were all about. They didn’t do it for individual glory. They did it because they loved one another.

~Vince Lombardi

Teams do not go physically flat, they go mentally stale.

~Vince Lombardi

The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.

~Vince Lombardi

No one can whistle a symphony. It takes an orchestra to play it.

~H.E. Luccock

Win together, lose together, play together, stay together.

~Debra Mancuso

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

Most teams aren’t teams at all but merely collections of individual relationships with the boss. Each individual vying with the others for power, prestige and position.

~Douglas McGregor

A self-reinforcing upward spiral: performance stimulating pride stimulating performance.

~Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Men have never been individually self-sufficient.

~Reinhold Niebuhr

When a team outgrows individual performance and learns team confidence, excellence becomes a reality.

~Joe Paterno

Effective teamwork is all about making a good, well-balanced salad not whipping individuals into a single batch of V8.

~Sandra Richardson

Team members who feel threatened but who are not aware of it become rigid — and that stops teamwork.

~Will Schutz

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

Michael, if you can’t pass, you can’t play.

~Dean Smith (to Michael Jordan in his freshman year at UNC)

Teams share the burden and divide the grief.

~Doug Smith

Gettin’ good players is easy. Gettin’ ‘em to play together is the hard part.

~Casey Stengel

Synergy — the bonus that is achieved when things work together harmoniously.

~Mark Twain

A job worth doing is worth doing together.

~author unknown

A successful team beats with one heart.

~author unknown

Coming together, sharing together, working together, succeeding together.

~author unknown

It is amazing how much you can accomplish when it doesn’t matter who gets the credit.

~author unknown

TEAM = Together Everyone Achieves More

~author unknown

Teamwork divides the task and doubles the success.

~author unknown

Teamwork doesn’t tolerate the inconvenience of distance.

~author unknown

Teamwork is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.

~author unknown

Teamwork is working together — even when apart.

~author unknown

Teamwork: Simply stated, it is less me and more we.

~author unknown

The whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

~author unknown

There is no “I” in “TEAMWORK”.

~author unknown

Teamwork is the quintessential contradiction of a society grounded in individual achievement.

~Marvin Weisbord

Teams are not ends in themselves; they are a means by which to achieve other organizational goals.

~Richard Wellins, William Byham, Jeanne Wilson

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

It is amazing what can be accomplished when nobody cares about who gets the credit.

~Robert Yates



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