There are many types of team.  The two requirements they all share are:

  • A common purpose
  • An appreciation of mutual dependency

Beyond these core characteristics teams have to work out their specific nature by identifying and expressing their values and codes of behaviour.  Once these are established and understood you get more of the behaviours you like and less of those you don’t like.  Here are some wise, and not so wise words on teamwork.

Upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all. – Alexander the Great

Contrary to popular belief, there most certainly IS an “I” in TEAM. It is the same “I” that appears 3 times in RESPONSIBILITY. – Amber Harding

Cooperation is the thorough conviction that nobody can get there unless everybody gets there. – Virginia Burden

Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable. – Kenyan Proverb

None of us is as smart as all of us. – Ken Blanchard

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

Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships. – Michael Jordan

Individuals play the game, but teams beat the odds. –  Navy SEAL Team saying

Build for your team a feeling of oneness, of dependence on one another and of strength to be derived by unity. – Vince Lombardi

The secret is to work less as individuals and more as a team. As a coach, I play not my eleven best, but my best eleven.- Knute Rockne

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

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

The best teamwork comes from people who are working independently toward one goal in unison. – James Cash Penney

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

We must all hang together or most assuredly we shall hang separately. – Benjamin Franklin

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

Then again…

There is no “i” in team, but if you look carefully there is a “me”. – David Brent

A team effort is a lot of people doing what I say.- Michael Winner

Teamwork is essential – it allows you to blame someone else. – Anon

What is your favourite teamwork quotation?


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