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Team Building & Teamwork Quotes
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"You don't win with the best talent - you win with the five players who are able to play well together." Sportscaster
"In union there is strength." Aesop
"Remember: upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all." Alexander the Great
"All of us, at certain moments of our lives, need to take advice and to receive help from other people." Alexis Carrel
"No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helped you." Althea Gibson
"Contrary to popular belief, there most certainly is an 'I' in 'team.' It is the same 'I' that appears three times in 'responsibility.'" Amber Harding
"Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishment toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results." Andrew Carnegie
"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-Exupéry
"We are what we repeatedly do, excellence then is not an act, but a habit." Aristotle
"It takes a village to raise a child." Author Unknown (ancient proverb)
"A chain is only as strong as its weakest link." Author Unknown
"A snowflake is one of God's most fragile creations, but look what they can do when they stick together!" Author Unknown
"It is a fact that in the right formation, the lifting power of many wings can achieve twice the distance of any bird flying alone." Author Unknown
"Overcoming barriers to performance is how groups become teams." Author Unknown
"Regardless of differences, we strive shoulder to shoulder... [T]eamwork can be summed up in five short words: 'We believe in each other.'" Author Unknown
"T.E.A.M. = Together Everyone Achieves More!" Author HRH Prince Frederick v. Saxe-Lauenberg Life President/Founder Children of the World 2000 conceived this quote in 1988
"Team player: Once who unites others toward a shared destiny through sharing information and ideas, empowering others and developing trust." Author Unknown
"Teamwork divides the task and multiplies 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: Simply stated, it is less me and more we." Author Unknown
"The basic building block of good teambuilding is for a leader to promote the feeling that every human being is unique and adds value." Author Unknown
"We are most effective as a team when we compliment each other without embarrassment and disagree without fear." Author Unknown
"No problem is insurmountable. With a little courage, teamwork and determination a person can overcome anything." B. Dodge
"The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don't play together, the club won't be worth a dime." Babe Ruth
“Teamwork makes the dream work” Bang Gae
"A team is more than a collection of people. It is a process of give and take." Barbara Glacel & Emile Robert Jr.
"We must all hang together, or assuredly, we shall all hang separately." Benjamin Franklin
"Respect your fellow human being, treat them fairly, disagree with them honestly, enjoy their friendship, explore your thoughts about one another candidly, work together for a common goal and help one another achieve it." Bill Bradley
"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
"Wearing the same shirts doesn't make a team." Buchholz and Roth
The Bhutan folktale "The Four Harmonious Friends" symbolizes interdependence, an epitome of friendship, cooperation, and good relations without considering hierarchy, strength, power or size. In the story, Elephant, Monkey, Rabbit, and Bird collaborate to plant a tree, protect it, and harvest the fruits. It is said that wherever a picture of the Four Harmonious Friends is displayed, the ten Buddhist virtues will increase, the minds of all will become harmonious, and many auspicious events will occur. Bhutan Folktale
The Four Harmonious Friends
"Gettin' good players is easy. Gettin' 'em to play together is the hard part." Casey Stengel
"In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed." Charles Darwin
"Teamplayer: Once who unites others toward a shared destiny through sharing information and ideas, empowering others and developing trust." Dennis Kinlaw
"You don't get harmony when everybody sings the same note." Doug Floyd
"Teams share the burden and divide the grief." Doug Smith
“Collaboration, it turns out, is not a gift from the gods but a skill that requires effort and practice.” Douglas B. Reeves
"People have been known to achieve more as a result of working with others than against them." Dr. Allan Fromme
"It is better to have one person working with you than three people working for you." Dwight D. Eisenhower
"One man alone can be pretty dumb sometimes, but for real bona fide stupidity, there ain't nothin' can beat teamwork." Edward Abbey
"Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality overcomes everything." George Lois
"No one can whistle a symphony. It takes an orchestra to play it." H.E. Luccock
"Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success." Henry Ford
"If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself." Henry Ford
"Light is the task where many share the toil." Homer
"Teamwork is the secret that makes common people achieve uncommon results." Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha
"A single arrow is easily broken, but not ten in a bundle." Japanese proverb
"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." Jin Kwon
"When a team outgrows individual performance and learns team confidence, excellence becomes a reality." Joe Paterno
"I never really understood that massive collaboration involving hundreds of people is what makes movies possible, and it's also why I would agree that curiosity is not the most important human trait; the urge to collaborate is. Heck . . . only we have the ability to cooperate to make like online communities and space telescopes and imaginariums and movies. So the great thrill of this whole experience [my novel being made into a movie] for me was . .. .seeing humanity do what it's best at, which ultimately is not competing but cooperating." John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars
"Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold." Joseph Chilton Pearse
"Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality overcomes everything." George Lois
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much” Helen Keller
“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” Henry Ford
“Working together as a team helps build a cohesive organization.” Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha
"If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants." Isaac Newton
The best teamwork comes from men who are working independently toward one goal in unison. James Cash Penney
"If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play." John Cleese
"No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent." John Donne
"Many hands make light work." John Heywood
"I hope someday you will join us/ And the world will live as one." John Lennon
"Come together right now over me . . . /Oh Come together/Yeah come together/Yeah come together/Yeah come together/Yeah come together/Yeah come together/Yeah come together/Yeah oh/Come together/Yeah come together" John Lennon and Paul McCartney
"We can work it out/ We can work it out/ Life is very short, and there's no time/For fussing and fighting, my friend./I have always thought that it's a crime,/So I will ask you once again." John Lennon and Paul McCartney
"Help me if you can, I'm feeling down/ And I do appreciate you being 'round/ Help me get my feet back on the ground/ Won't you, please, please help me?" John Lennon and Paul McCartney
“To collaborative team members, completing one another is more important than competing with one another.” John C. Maxwell
"If you don't kick things around with people, you are out of it. Nobody, I always say, can be anybody without somebody being around." John Wheeler
“Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold.” Joseph Chilton Pearse
"One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team." Kareem Abdul Jabbar
"None of us is as smart as all of us." Ken Blanchard
"Teamwork is a make or break situation. Either you help make it or the lack of it will break you." Kris A Hiatt
"What we care about is, when faced with a problem and you’re a member of a team, do you, at the appropriate time, step in and lead. And just as critically, do you step back and stop leading, do you let someone else?" Laszlo Bock, Sr VP of People Operations, Google
"It’s feeling the sense of responsibility, the sense of ownership, to step in, to try to solve any problem — and the humility to step back and embrace the better ideas of others. Your end goal, is what can we do together to problem-solve. I’ve contributed my piece, and then I step back." Laszlo Bock, Sr VP of People Operations, Google
"A major reason capable people fail to advance is that they don't work well with their colleagues." Lee Iacocca
"The ratio of We's to I's is the best indicator of the development of a team." Lewis B. Ergen
“We = power” Lorii Myers
"It is not a question of how well each process works, the question is how well they all work together." Lloyd Dobens
"Unity is strength... when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved." Mattie Stepanek
"The nice thing about teamwork is that you always have others on your side." Margaret Carty
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead
"If things seem under control, you are just not going fast enough." Mario Andretti
"In teamwork, silence isn't golden, it's deadly." Mark Sanborn
"The greatest danger a team faces isn't that it won't become successful, but that it will, and then cease to improve." Mark Sanborn
"Keep away from people who belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great." Mark Twain
“Strategy is not really a solo sport – even if you’re the CEO.” Max McKeown
"I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion." Mia Hamm
"Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships." Michael Jordan
"None of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful." Mother Teresa
“Remember teamwork begins by building trust. And the only way to do that is to overcome our need for invulnerability.” Patrick Lencioni
"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
“I’ve never sung anywhere without giving the people listening to me a chance to join in - as a kid, as a lefty, as a man touring the U.S.A. and the world, as an oldster. I guess it’s kind of a religion with me. Participation. That’s what’s going to save the human race.” Pete Seeger
“It's a very important thing to learn to talk to people you disagree with.” Pete Seeger
“The world will be solved by millions of small things.” Pete Seeger
“Once upon a time, wasn’t singing a part of everyday life as much as talking, physical exercise, and religion? Our distant ancestors, wherever they were in this world, sang while pounding grain, paddling canoes, or walking long journeys. Can we begin to make our lives once more all of a piece? Finding the right songs and singing them over and over is a way to start. And when one person taps out a beat, while another leads into the melody, or when three people discover a harmony they never knew existed, or a crowd joins in on a chorus as though to raise the ceiling a few feet higher, then they also know there is hope for the world.” Pete Seeger
“The American Indians were Communists. They were. Every anthropologist will tell you they were Communists. No rich, no poor. If somebody needed something the community chipped in.” Pete Seeger
“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.” Phil Jackson
"No member of a crew is praised for the rugged individuality of his rowing." Ralph Waldo Emerson
“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
"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
"If you can laugh together, you can work together" Robert Orben
"It is amazing what can be accomplished when nobody cares about who gets the credit." Robert Yates
When you form a team, why do you try to form a team? Because teamwork builds trust and trust builds speed. Russel Honore
"Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean." Ryunosuke Satoro
"Interdependent people combine their own efforts with the efforts of others to achieve their greatest success." Stephen Covey
“My model for business is The Beatles. They were four guys who kept each other kind of negative tendencies in check. They balanced each other and the total was greater than the sum of the parts. That's how I see business: great things in business are never done by one person, they're done by a team of people.” Steve Jobs
"A boat doesn't go forward if each one is rowing their own way." Swahili proverb
“With an enthusiastic team you can achieve almost anything.” Tahir Shah
"No man is wise enough by himself." Titus Maccius Plautus
"Build for your team a feeling of oneness, of dependence on one another and of strength to be derived by unity." Vince Lombardi
"Individual commitment to a group effort, that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work." Vince Lombardi
"Teamwork is essential that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work." Vince Lombardi
"Cooperation is the thorough conviction that nobody can get there unless everybody gets there." Virginia Burden
"What we need to do is learn to work in the system, by which I mean that everybody, every team, every platform, every division, every component is there not for individual competitive profit or recognition, but for contribution to the system as a whole on a win-win basis." W. Edward Deming
“You've achieved success in your field when you don't know whether what you're doing is work or play.” Warren Beatty
"Big thinking precedes great achievement." Wilferd Peterson
"There are few, if any, jobs in which ability alone is sufficient. Needed, also, are loyalty, sincerity, enthusiasm and team play." William B. Given, Jr.
“There is immense power when a group of people with similar interests gets together to work toward the same goals.” Idowu Koyenikan
“He who masters the power formed by a group of people working together has within his grasp one of the greatest powers known to man.” Idowu Koyenikan
“You are either supporting the vision or supporting division” Saji Ijiyemi
“It is great to do what you love but greater with the great team.” Lailah Gifty Akita
“Players focus on the wins and the loses. Builders focus on the team and future of the vision. Let's move our members from team player to team builder.” Janna Cachola
“Everyone you work with, in order to achieve a goal, must have something to lose if it is not realised and something to gain if it is realised. These are the people that are going to stick around you through thick and thin until the job is done.” Saidi Mdala
“It takes both complementary actions and competitive actions in a constructive and professional way to build trust in teams.” Pearl Zhu
“You think it's dumb when someone says there's no 'I' in team, but you stick one in there and you see how dumb that looks.” Brendan Kiely
“Everyone around us, however nice and likable, will be unreasonable at one point or another. Everyone has an upside and a downside. If you want the most out of your relationships with others, manage the downside and nurture the upside.” Saidi Mdala
“Team performance is directly proportional to team stability. Focus on building and maintaining a stable team. Stability reduces friction and increases credibility and confidence.” Salil Jha
“If you focus on the strength of the team, you will begin to find work as a positive challenge.” Salil Jha
“A leaders job is to ELEVATE the team, not delegate the team. Elevate your team to take initiative because real leadership is when you can create a culture of self-leadership within your team” Janna Cachola
“Learn to allow your team leaders to shine while you reign. All that matters in the end is the result, nobody cares about attention without financial benefits.” Olawale Daniel
“Systems and rules are guidelines, leadership is lifeline.” Janna Cachola
“Great results occur when great responsibility is given. Your job as a leader is to give responsibility NOT take responsibility.” Janna Cachola
“Steps taken together take us Far” Aniket S Sharma
“Each of us must make it our priority and personal responsibility to stay in harmony with our fellowman. Harmony is not just about creating a pleasant environment; it produces synergy. The best way to explain synergy is to say that a hand is much more effective than five fingers working independently. I tested this theory one day using dumbbells. I wanted to determine the maximum number of pounds each of my fingers could lift independently. Two pounds was the limit. I then tested my capability with my fingers working together. I rationalized that five fingers times two pounds each should yield a maximum of ten pounds. Not so. I lifted thirty-five pounds!” Deborah Smith Pegues
“Progress has a steep price. Success has an even steeper price. Your team won't be willing to pay it if you aren't willing to pay it.” T Jay Taylor
“When you switch your focus from the “we” to the “me”, the goal from “team” to “self”, you upset the balance of the whole. Consequentially, that redistribution of effort impedes success.” Carlos Wallace
“Social context trumps reason and social context drives your behaviors with an influence akin to an invisible force. We naturally adapt our behaviors to the context.” Dragos Bratasanu, Ph.D.
“Telling your team what to do is showmanship. Showing people how to do it is leadership. Leading for the purpose of visual effect will not accomplish the vision.” Janna Cachola
“Leaders #1 job is to help their people, teams, leadership, and culture, to be supporting People, Planet & Profits, in a Consciously Constructive Revolutionary Workplace... today.” Tony Dovale
“It's better to have a hole in your team than an asshole in your team!” Dan Jacobs
“Teamwork is the best ever investment. If I make 3 and you make 5, together we will not make 8. We will make 15. Leaders build active teams.” Israelmore Ayivor
“Expressing authentic appreciation doesn’t cost you anything and the outcomes are simply wonderful.” Dragos Bratasanu, Ph.D.
“People who feel excluded get angry and act out their anger in the team. No man is an island, no person can function isolated from the group. When you create a team, any kind of team, inclusion is fundamental. Without every member feeling deeply that he or she belongs to that group there is no team.” Dragos Bratasanu, Ph.D.
“Social context and NOT individual abilities drives performance, success or failure of a team or a project.” Dragos Bratasanu, Ph.D.
“Under no circumstance is any proverbial player ever more significant than the collective.” Carlos Wallace
“As humans, we unconsciously embrace the group’s beliefs and behaviors without questioning them or surrender to their opinions.” Dragos Bratasanu, Ph.D.
“Using names with respect and consideration tells a person that you care, are present and engaged, and that you are genuinely interested in making a connection. You make them feel remembered!” Susan C. Young
“No matter what role you play in a meeting, how you show up in that role is critical to the meeting’s success.” Emily M. Axelrod
“Number does not necessarily guarantee performance. For I have seen a team of 8 outperform a team of 80.” Awolumate Samuel
“Every entrepreneur's first responsibility after identifying his or her product, is their People, you can have a fantastic product, but without the right team implementing your vision into reality, all you have is a product, not a business, and certainly not a company.” Mofoluke Ayoola
“The main reason why great leaders are rare is because books on leadership far outsell those on followership.” Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“The more we are able to engage in enthusiastic disagreement with each other, the more we will be able to uncover the best in ourselves and each other.” Karen Kimsey-House
“Linked together as a team with one goal, we soon realized we were only as strong as our weakest link. But did we condemn the weaker

member? That wouldn’t serve any purpose. Instead, the stronger guys responded by carrying more weight than the weaker teammate. Encouragement was key in reaching the top of the stadium, standing as one. Sometimes one person on your team may not be as strong as another. Strengths usually differ. Likewise, in an encounter with another, someone may have a different set of beliefs or ideas.To accomplish any goal, embracing the strengths and weaknesses of each member and compensating where necessary are the best ways to make it to the top.”

Jake Byrne
“As a leader, it's your job to get everyone to share what they know.” Jane Ripley, Collaboration Begins with You: Be a Silo Buster
“There is no team without the individual members; an individual can never be a team.” Michael Joling
“Collaboration begins with focusing on the collective good rather than personal gain.” Jane Ripley
“Team spirit promotes greater accomplishment.” Lailah Gifty Akita
“Prejudicial attitude toward each other in a team is an obstacle in the way to unity” Sunday Adelaja
“It takes good effort to begin and a great effort to complete a task.” Lailah Gifty Akita
“Teamwork and trust trump ego and arrogance in building high performance sustainable successful teams. Rethink your team building ideas” Tony Dovale
“Competition and rivalry between the members of a group are the antithesis of the cooperation and team play needed in an effective management group. This is why team building is an empty abstraction for a group whose leader controls with power.” Dr. Thomas Gordon
“We now live in a time when PEOPLE and profits must become equally valuable in the corporate leaders Mindset.

Rethink your Leadership Culture to become a conscious, high performance organisation”

Tony Dovale "THINK, UNITE, ACT" Children of the World 2000
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