I hope you enjoy this collection of teamwork quotes from some of the most brilliant minds. Enjoy an inspiring video on lessons of the geese
about teamwork. Very practical advice on building an effective team!
A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success.
Appreciate everything your associates do for the business. Nothing else can quite substitute for a few well-chosen, well-timed, sincere words of praise. They're absolutely free and worth a fortune.
~ Sam Walton
Three things I'd say to a team to help hold them together:
If anything goes bad, I did it.
If anything goes semi-good, then we did it.
If anything goes real good, then you did it.
~ Paul "Bear" Bryant
The goal is not to have a team, but to increase productivity and employee satisfaction.
As a team leader, create teams who: Care, Cooperate and are Committed.
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
None of us is as smart as all of us.
~ Ken Blanchard
In union there is strength.
Many hands make light work.
~ John Heywood
Unity is strength... when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.
~ Mattie Stepanek
Teams share the burden and divide the grief.
~ Doug Smith
The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.
~ Audrey Hepburn
Teamwork divides the task and doubles the success.
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
Teamwork divides the task and multiplies the success.
The nice thing about teamwork is that you always have others on your side.
~ Margaret Carty
Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable.
~ Kenyan Proverb
Teams are successful when they are focused, have a short cycle time, and are supported by the executives.
~ Tom Bouchard
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
You will be most effective when members can compliment each other without embarrassment and disagree without fear.
Real teams don't emerge unless individuals on them take risks involving conflict, trust, interdependence and hard work.
~ Katzenbach & Smith
When a team outgrows individual performance and learns team confidence, excellence becomes a reality.
~ Joe Paterno
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
Shared value is the unifying force of a team.
A successful team is a group of many hands but of one mind.
~ Bill Bethel
Regardless of differences, we strive shoulder to shoulder... [T]eamwork can be summed up in five short words: "We believe in each other."
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
The best teamwork comes from men who are working independently toward one goal in unison.
~ James Cash Penney
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
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
Team learning is the Process of aligning and developing the capacity of a team to create the results its members desire. It builds on the discipline of developing a shared vision. It also builds on personal mastery, for talented teams are made up of talented individuals.
~ Peter Senge
Douglas McGregor's list of the unique characteristics of an effective management team:
1. Understanding, mutual agreement, and identification with respect to the primary task
2. Open communications
3. Mutual trust
4. Mutual support
5. Management of human differences leading to group synergy
6. Selective use of the team
7. Appropriate member skills
8. Leadership: Managing and integrating the other 7 characteristics
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
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
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
Most potential teams can become real teams, but not without taking risks involving conflict, trust, interdependence, and hard work. For example, a common team purpose, set of performance goals, and approach rarely arise without conflict.
Indeed, quite the contrary -- the most successful teams recognize their members' conflicting views and experiences as a source of strength. Similarly, mutual accountability requires trust and interdependence, which usually do not grow without risk taking.
And, finally, most potential teams include members who must develop the skills needed by the team after they have joined the team itself. This, too, implies risks and hard work for everyone on the team.
~ "The Wisdom Of Teams," by Jon R. Katzenbach and Douglas K. Smith
Whenever two people always agree, one of them is unnecessary.
~ Henry Ford
Whether it is two people, a department, or an organization, teams are the means by which great things get done.
~ Steven J. Stowell, Ph.D.
Teams, not individuals, are the fundamental learning unit in modern organizations. This is where the "rubber stamp meets the road"; unless teams can learn, the organization cannot learn.
~ Peter M. Senge, The Fifth Discipline
Men have never been individually self-sufficient.
~ Reinhold Niebuhr
Individual commitment to a group effort - that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.
~ Vince Lombardi
Behind every able man, there are always other able men.
~ Chinese Proverb
No problem is insurmountable. With a little courage, teamwork and determination a person can overcome anything.
~ B. Dodge
No one can whistle a symphony. It takes an orchestra to play it.
~ H.E. Luccock
Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.
~ Helen Keller
Individuals score points, but teams win games.
~ Zig Ziglar
Snowflakes are one of nature's most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together.
~ Vesta M. Kelly
Group desire is different than individual desire. With individual desire, it's up to you to feed the fire. With group desire, you get all kinds of people rolling logs on from every direction.
~ Vince Pfaff
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, Coach, Bengals
A farmer who had a quarrelsome family called his sons and told them to lay a bunch of sticks before him. Then, after laying the sticks parallel to one another and binding them, he challenged his sons, one after one, to pick up the bundle and break it. They all tried, but in vain. Then, untying the bundle, he gave them the sticks to break one by one. This they did with the greatest ease. Then said the father, "Thus, my sons, as long as you remain united, you are a match for anything, but differ and separate, and you are undone."
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
A single leaf working alone provides no shade.
~ Chuck Page
A demanding performance challenge tends to create a Team. In any situation requiring a combination of multiple skills, experiences and judgments, a team inevitably gets better results than a collection of individuals. Teams provide the kind of responsiveness, speed, on-line customization and quality that is beyond the reach of individual performance.
~ Katzenbach/ Smith
Just because we are all equal does not mean we are all the same.
The ratio of We's to I's is the best indicator of the development of a team.
~ Lewis B. Ergen
A championship team is a team of champions.
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
Wearing the same shirts doesn't make you a team.
~ Buchholz and Roth
Gettin' good players is easy. Gettin' 'em to play together is the hard part.
~ Casey Stengel
Teamwork = another management fad that attempts to get employees to do more work without paying them for it
Team Leader = the boss
Team Members = the people who carry out the boss's orders
Employee Involvment/Empowerment = a technique that creates the illusion that management really cares about what I think
Participative Management = an opportunity to agree with what management has already decided
Be prepared for the SKEPTICS!!
We trained hard. But it seems that every time we were beginning to form into teams we would be reorganized. I was to learn, later in life, that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing. And what a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress, while producing confusion, inefficiency, and demoralization.
~ Petronius Arbiter 210 BC
Watch this inspirational video about the Lessons of the Geese on Teamwork.
Lessons of the Geese
1. As each goose flaps its wings, it creates a "uplift" for the birds following. By flying in a "V" formation the whole flock adds 71% more flying range than if each bird flew alone.
LESSON: People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.
2. Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to fly alone and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the birds immediately in front.
LESSON: If we have as much sense as a goose, we will join formation with those who are headed where we want to go.
3. When a lead goose gets tired, it rotates back into formation and another goose flies at the point position.
LESSON: It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks and sharing leadership - with people, as with geese interdependent with one another.
4. The geese in formation honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
LESSON: We need to make sure our honking from behind is encouraging - not something less helpful.
5. When a goose get sick, wounded or shot, two geese drop out of formation and follow their fellow member, to help and provide protection. They stay with this member of the flock until he or she either is able to fly again or dies. Then they launch out on their own, with another formation, or to catch up with their own flock.
LESSON: If we have as much sense as the geese, we'll stand by one another like they do.