Team Building and Teamwork Quotes

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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 Unknown
"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
"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.