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200+ Best Teamwork Quotes for Employees [Inspirational and Motivational]

 

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Part 1
Teamwork Definitions Quotes

Andrew Carnegie

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.

Patrick Lencioni

Teamwork requires some sacrifice up front; people who work as a team have to put the collective needs of the group ahead of their individual interests.

Simon Sinek

A team is not a group of people who work together. A team is a group of people who trust each other.

Vince Lencioni

Individual commitment to a group effort – that’s what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.

Patrick Lencioni

Teamwork begins by building trust. And the only way to do that is to overcome our need for invulnerability.

Ned Lautenbach

Teamwork is the lynchpin in our long term success.

Justin Sewell

Teamwork. A few harmless flakes working together can unleash an avalanche of destruction.

Hiriyappa B

Teamwork is the results of groups have working together to effectively and efficiently achieving organizational tasks and vision and mission.

Byron Pulsifer

Teamwork means that you are willing to compromise when it is best for the team to advance to reach their goals.

Dennis Kinlaw

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

Kris A. Hiatt

Teamwork is a make or break situation. Either you help make it or the lack of it will break you.

James Cash Penney

The best teamwork comes from men who are working independently toward one goal in unison.

Marvin Weisbord

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

Israelmore Ayivor

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.

Pat Summitt

Teamwork does not come naturally. Let’s face it. We are born with certain inclinations, but sharing isn’t one of them.

Pat Riley

Teamwork requires that everyone’s efforts flow in a single direction. Feelings of significance happen when a team’s energy takes on a life of its own.

Pat Summitt

Teamwork is really a form of trust. It’s what happens when you surrender the mistaken idea that you can go it alone and realize that you won’t achieve your individual goals without the support of your colleagues.

Tom Bouchard

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

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.

Diane Arias

Team spirit is knowing and living the belief that what a group of people can accomplish together is much larger, far greater, and will exceed that which an individual can accomplish alone.

 

Part 2
Power of Teamwork Quotes

Michael Jordan

Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.

Mia Hamm

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.

Henry Ford

Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.

Bang Gae

Teamwork makes the dream work.

Ken Blanchard

None of us is as smart as all of us.

Tom Wilson

Many of us are more capable than some of us, but none of us is as capable as all of us.

Ryunosuke Satoro

Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.

Ty Howard

A “just a job” employee does just enough to keep their job while complaining about what’s not fair or right at work. A “team player” works positively together with everyone to get the job done the best way possible. See the difference?

Abraham Lincoln

If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.

Chris Bradford

Only by binding together as a single force will we remain strong and unconquerable

John Heywood

Many hands make light work.

Baltasar Gracion

The path to greatness is along with others.

Kurt Koffka

The whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

Bahá’u’lláh

So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth.

Chuck Page

A single leaf working alone provides no shade.

Anonymous

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.

Michael Welton

Without teamwork, there is no way that the company is going to experience success. In teams, individuals will work together and accomplish a lot more that what they do by themselves.

Steven E Dunlop

In business, nothing great can be done by one person alone (typically) but, with a team, great things can happen.

Unknown Author

Working together, ordinary people can perform extraordinary feats. They can lift things a little higher, a little farther, towards excellence.

Unknown Author

On our own, we are marshmallows and dried spaghetti, but together we can become something bigger.

B. Dodge

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

Louisa May Alcott

It takes two flints to make a fire.

Mark Twain

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

Midrash

Many candles can be kindled from one candle without diminishing it.

Ted Kennedy

What divides us pales in comparison to what unites us.

Emily Kimbrough

Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That’s why it’s a comfort to go hand in hand.

James Cash Penney

Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together.

Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

The power of one, if fearless and focused, is formidable, but the power of many working together is better.

Jason Pierre-Paul

Nobody can defeat you when you all are working together.

Jacqueline Novogratz

A sustainable world means working together to create prosperity for all.

John Bardeen

The combined results of several people working together is often much more effective than could be that of an individual scientist working alone.

Jonathan Ive

Innovation at Apple has always been a team game. It has always been a case where you have a number of small groups working together.

Jamais Cascio

Nobody’s going to fix the world for us, but working together, making use of technological innovations and human communities alike, we might just be able to fix it ourselves.

 

Part 3
Inspiring Teamwork Quotes

Steve Jobs

Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.

Mother Teresa

I can do things you cannot. You can do things I cannot. Together we can do great things.

Helen Keller

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.

Ifeanyi Onuoha

Teamwork is the secret that makes common people achieve uncommon results.

Stephen Covey

Interdependent people combine their own efforts with the efforts of others to achieve their greatest success.

Margaret Carty

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

Robert Orben

If you can laugh together, you can work together.

Pat Riley

Great teamwork is the only way we create the breakthroughs that define our careers.

Joe Paterno

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

Rensis Likert

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.

Amber Harding

Contrary to popular belief, there most certainly is an “I” in “team.” It is the
same “I” that appears three times in “responsibility.”

John C. Maxwell

Teams are incredible things. No task is too great, no accomplishment too grand, no dream too far-fetched for a team. It takes teamwork to make the dream work.

Dave Mueller

Lead by example, insist on teamwork and instill motivation. Self-discipline is what gets you to work every day, and hard work builds character.

Dr. Rob Gilbert

Working together works.

John Katzenbach

Overcoming barriers to performance is how groups become teams.

John Lennon/Yoko Ono

A Dream You Dream Alone Is Only A Dream. A Dream You Dream Together Is Reality.

Sam Walton

We’re all working together; that’s the secret.

Benjamin Franklin

Well done is better than well said.

Ted Turner

You can never quit. Winners never quit, and quitters never win.

Helen Rowland

You will never win if you never begin.

Doug Conant

To win in the marketplace you must first win in the workplace.

Steve Jobs

The only way to do great work is to love what you do.

Napolean Hill

A goal is a dream with a deadline.

Steve Jobs

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.

Theodore Roosevelt

Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.

Alistair Cook

A professional is someone who can do his best work when he doesn’t feel like it.

Denis Waitley

There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.

 

Part 4
Leadership and Teamwork Quotes

John Maxwell

The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.

Craig Groeshcel

If you delegate tasks, you create followers. If you delegate authority, you create leaders.

Benjamin Franklin

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.

Henry Drummond

The people who influence you are the people who believe in you.

Orrin Woodward

A leader must inspire or his team will expire.

Zig Ziglar

You don’t build a business, you build people and then people build the business.

Peter F. Drucker

The leaders who work most effectively, it seems to me, never say ‘I.’ And that’s not because they have trained themselves not to say ‘I.’ They don’t think ‘I.’ They think ‘we‘; they think ‘team.’ They understand their job to be to make the team function. They accept responsibility and don’t sidestep it, but ‘we‘ gets the credit…. This is what creates trust, what enables you to get the task done.

Author Unknown

Teamwork is mainly about situational leadership, letting the person with the relevant core competency for a situation take leadership.

Brian Cagneey

People learn by what they see, not what they are told. Make sure whatever you are infecting your team with will be positive and push them forward.

Douglas Smith; Jon Katzenbach

Moreover, in high-performance teams, the role of the team leader is less important and more difficult to identify because all members lead the team at different times.

Jay Samit

The real challenge is for each of us to determine where we feel we can make the most impact.

Hans F. Hansen

People inspire you or they drain you – pick them wisely.

Jack Ma

The world needs new leadership, but the new leadership is about working together.

 

Part 5
Team Collaboration Quotes

Rich Willis

Whenever ideas are shared, the result is always greater than the sum of the parts.

Stephen Covey

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

Norman Shidle

A group becomes a team when each member is sure enough of himself and his contribution to praise the skills of others.

Douglas B. Reeves

Collaboration, it turns out, is not a gift from the gods but a skill that requires effort and practice.

Mattie Stepanek

Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.

Pharrell

Collaborate with people you can learn from.

Napoleon Hill

It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.

African Proverb

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

George Shinn

There is no such thing as a self-made man. You will reach your goals only with the help of others.

Reid Hoffman

No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team.

Vince Lombardi

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

Doug Smith

Teams share the burden and divide the grief.

Vince Lombardi

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

Dr. Allan Fromme

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

Virginia Burden

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

Isaac Newton

If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.

Vincent Van Gogh

Great things are done by a series of small things that are brought together.

Rick Warren

There are no perfect people who can say to the world, ‘I don’t need anybody else.’ We need each other. We were made to work in teams!

Maggie White

Sometimes being on a team means being humble and putting others first. It has to be about the team and not the individual.

S. Kumar

Yes, a true team player can reach 90 to 95 percent of their potential just by actively associating with a team. By shifting from the self-centered attitude to focusing on others led to tripling my accomplishments.

Mark L. Knapp

And, as the complexity of these problems increases, the consequences of ineffective solutions correspondingly increases. Thus, an understanding of teamwork is a fundamental step in assuring our future survival.

Gene King

Trust your team. Let others do their work so that you may concentrate wholly on doing your own.

Andrew Carnegie

It marks a big step in your development when you come to realize that other people can help you do a better job than you could do alone.

Lisa Broesch-Weeks

And when members of a team have high-quality connections, they may also feel more safety and trust, resulting in greater cooperation and coordination.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.

Theodore Roosevelt

The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.

Ally Carte

Either we’re a team or we aren’t. Either you trust me or you don’t.

Lee Lacocca

A major reason capable people fail to advance is that they don’t work well with their colleagues.

John Donne

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent.

Thomas Hood

When was ever honey made with one bee in a hive?

Franklin Roosevelt

Competition has been shown to be useful up to a certain point but no further; cooperation is the thing we must strive for today, begins where competition leaves off.

A. A. Milne

You can’t stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.

Halford Edward Luccock

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

Sir Alex Ferguson

The work of a team should always embrace a great player, but the great player must always work.

Lance Edward Armstrong

Anyone who imagines he can work alone winds up surrounded by nothing but rivals, without companions.The fact is no one ascends alone.

Askhari Johnson Hodari

If everyone helps to hold up the sky, then one person does not become tired.

Ethiopian Proverb

When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion.

Latin Proverb

Three, helping one another, bear the burden of six.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than in the one where they sprung up.

Homer

Light is the task where many share the toil.

Mike Krzyzewski

Effective teamwork begins and ends with communication.

Steven Rosenthal

The word team involves the roles and relationships between people working together. It involves dealing with their work and involves teaching them how to deal with conflict when it occurs.

Bruce Coslet

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

Plautus

No man is wise enough by himself.

Helen Keller

The welfare of each is bound up in the welfare of all.

Denis Waitley

No man or woman is an island. To exist just for yourself is meaningless. You can achieve the most satisfaction when you feel related to some greater purpose in life, something greater than yourself.

Paul Zane Pilzeer

You only win when you help others win.

Swahili Proverb

A boat doesn’t go forward if each one is rowing their own way.

Lewis B. Ergen

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

William B. Given Jr.

There are few, if any, jobs in which ability alone is sufficient. Needed, also, are loyalty, sincerity, enthusiasm and team play.

Mother Teresa

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.

Stephen Covey

Interdependent people combine their own efforts with the efforts of others to achieve their greatest success.

Robert H. Waterman

Organizations exist only for one purpose: to help people reach ends together that they couldn’t achieve individually.

Harriet Woods

You can stand tall without standing on someone. You can be a victor without having victims.

Charles Darwin

In the long history of humankind those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.

Alexis Carrel

All of us, at certain moments of our lives, need to take advice and to receive help from other people.

Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha

Working together as a team helps build a cohesive organization.

John C. Maxwell

To collaborative team members, completing one another is more important than competing with one another.

Paul Ryan

Every successful individual knows that his or her achievement depends on a community of persons working together.

Bill Richardson

We cannot accomplish all that we need to do without working together.

Maggie Hassan

Working together, we will continue to lay the foundation for a new generation of inclusive economic growth, expand economic opportunity for middle-class families, and ensure that innovative businesses have the support they need to thrive and grow in the years to come.

Queen Elizabeth II

The lessons from the peace process are clear; whatever life throws at us, our individual responses will be all the stronger for working together and sharing the load.

Theresa May

It does not make sense that everybody should duplicate efforts when we could be working together.

Patrick Lencioni

Make sure that the people at the top are working together and there aren’t divisions of labor. Don’t have people working in silos; have them working across the team.

Jacque Fresco

The shape and solutions of the future rely totally on the collective effort of people working together. We are all an integral part of the web of life.

 

Part 6
Importance of a Good Team Quotes

Daniel Boulud

To me, there’s no great chef without a great team.

Nicholas Sparks

Sometimes the most ordinary things could be made extraordinary, simply by doing them with the right people.

Simon Sinek

It’s better to have a great team, than a team of greats.

Lee Iacocca

The speed of the boss is the speed of the team.

Phil Jackson

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

Bill Bethel

A successful team is a group of many hands and one mind.

Phil Jackson

Good teams becomes great ones, when the members trust each other enough to surrender the “me” for the “we“.

Barbara Glacel & Emile Robert Jr.

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

Jason Fried

There’s nothing wrong with staying small. You can do big things with a small team.

Robert Schumann

If we were all determined to play the first violin we should never have an ensemble. Therefore, respect every musician in his proper place.

Ted Sundquist

Good teams incorporate teamwork into their culture, creating the building blocks for success.

Ed Catmull

Getting the right people and the right chemistry is more important than the right idea.

Bud Wilkinson

If a team is to reach its potential, each player must be willing to subordinate
his personal goals to the good of the team.

Allan Jones

Building teams is a process just like building a house. When building a house, you must first build a strong foundation before putting the walls and roof up.

Doug Loewe

The system will fail if the team is made up of people who need constant prodding to get the work done.

Joe Allen and David Donaldson

Successful people must know that those he or she chooses to be on his or her team must share her vision. They must all be able to work toward a common purpose.

Rupert Johnson

Success stories, whether by individuals or organizations, are almost always the result of collaborative effort among many people who are united by a single goal and vision.

Jon R. Katzenbach & Douglas K. Smith

What sets apart high-performance teams, however, is the degree of commitment, particularly how deeply committed the members are to one another.

John C. Maxwell

The truth is that teamwork is at the heart of great achievement. The question isn’t whether teams have value. The question is whether we acknowledge that fact and become better team players.

Lee Iacocca

In the end, all business operations can be reduced to three words; people, product and profits. Unless you’ve got a good team, you can’t do much with the other two.

Babe Ruth

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.

Henry J. Evans

Successful teams cannot exist without accountability – high performance and accountability go hand-in-hand.

George B. Bradt; Jayme A. Check; John A. Lawler

High-performing teams and organizations are built of people, plans, and practices aligned around a shared purpose.

Doug Floyd

You don’t get harmony when everybody sings the same note.

Jose B. Cabajar

There is no such thing as one-man show in a winning team.

Patanjali

When a gifted team dedicates itself to unselfish trust and combines instinct with boldness and effort, it is ready to climb.

Margaret Mead

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed. It is the only thing that ever has.

Pat Riley

Being a part of success is more important than being personally indispensable.

Russell D. Robinson

Empowered teams provide organizations with a capacity to leverage people as a competitive advantage.

Patrick Lencioni

Members of trusting teams accept questions and input about their areas or responsibility, appreciate and tap into one another’s skills and experiences, and look forward to meetings and other opportunities to work as a group.

Sonia Johnson

We must remember that one determined person can make a significant difference, and that a small group of determined people can change the course of history.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

It is better to have one person working with you than three people working for you.

Gary David Goldberg

A good team, like a good show, comes into being when the separate individuals working together create, in essence, another separate higher entity – the team – the show – which is better than any of those individuals can ever be on their own.

Henry Mitzberg

Companies are communities. There’s a spirit of working together. Communities are not a place where a few people allow themselves to be singled out as solely responsible for success.

 

 

Effective leadership is all about communicating effectively.
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How to use status.net to improve company culture:

  1. Leadership communication:
    a) Build trust and improve company culture by sharing regular updates and how reasoning behind your decisions is connected to your company values.
    b) Share information about company announcements, branch news, new hires, etc.
    c) Share company goals and objectives regularly.
  2. Team communication:
    a) Easily implement daily or weekly status updates for your team members by creating a status feed “How did you contribute to the team’s goals this week?”. Use comments section and emoji to show appreciation and acknowledge a job well done.
    Seven out of ten employees who receive appreciation for their work say they’re happy with their jobs“.
    b) Create automated scheduled questionnaires with questions like “How can we improve?“.
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  6. Optionally, enrich reports with the latest updates automatically added from web apps your team uses (such as project management tools, version control systems, support systems, financial applications, CRM, etc.) by connecting these apps to your status feed.
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  8. Sharing: Status updates can be either— exported to files and printed, or sent by email;
    — shared with manager online; or
    — shared online as company-wide or team-wide status reports, i.e., all team members share their progress with each other.

 

How to configure status updates:

Step 1:

  • Create a “Status Update” feed and set up a recurrence.
  • Configure who will write and read status updates by choosing the “Participants” tab and then clicking the “Cog” button near “Feed Participants” title.
how to create status updates status feed

Options:

  • Set the status feed as “Team-wide” if you want all team members to view each other’s status updates.
  • Alternatively, you can allow access to status updates for certain participants only (such as yourself if you’re a team lead). In this case, turn “Team-wide” mode OFF and restrict viewing by unchecking “View” properties for other participants. Team members with the “View” checkbox unchecked will only be able to view their own status updates.
  • If you’re a manager and you don’t plan to share your status updates with your team, uncheck “Update” for yourself – in this case, you won’t receive reminders.
  • The Recurrence setting configures how often participants receive email reminders to fill in their status updates. This feature is optional and can be turned off.
  • You can add, remove, and assign new team members at any time.

Step 2: The text of the status update should be added to the “Update” field of status feed.

how to add an update to status report

As soon as a new status update is added, participants with “View” rights can view it in real time when they log in to their accounts. They will also automatically receive emails with the full text of status updates.

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