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20 Quotes to Inspire Great Teamwork


Teamwork and communication affect all aspects of a business. Organizations should be encouraging their employees to communicate and collaborate, whether they work in-office, in a remote setting, or in a hybrid structure.

In this article, we have compiled a list of quotes that that help inspire great teamwork within an organization.

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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 than what they do by themselves. – Michael Welton

Teams need to work together. Part of this begins with setting clear goals. Moreover, managers need to ensure that employees are continuously developing.

“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision, the ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. ” – Andrew Carnegie

You are either supporting the vision or supporting division. – Saji Ijiyemi

Teams need to be aligned. They have to understand their expectations and their goals. But it also goes beyond understanding individual goals and expectation. Managers should clearly outline how individual goals relate to overall organizational goals, mission, and vision. This alignment to the company vision and mission also helps build a great company culture.

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

Strategy is not a solo sport, even if you’re the CEO. – Max McKeown

Simply put, successful businesses need great teams.

To build a strong team, you must see someone else’s strength as a complement to your weakness and not a threat to your position or authority.” – Christine Caine

Managers need to understand their employees strengths and weaknesses. Understanding competencies and incompetencies and who needs to upskill and/or reskill is crucial to building a strong team.

When you need to innovate, you need collaboration. – Marissa Mayer

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. Jonathan Ive (Designer at Apple Inc.)

Companies as successful as Apply understand that success does not come from a single mind; innovation and creativity stem from teamwork and collaboration. Make collaboration and innovation part of your company culture and promote those company values to your team to encourage one another to try new ideas.

To win in the marketplace, you must first win in the workplace. Doug Conant

To win in the workplace, there are some things that organizations can do:

  • Provide a good workplace culture: inclusive, engaging, encouraging
  • Provide a good work-life balance
  • Provide opportunities for career development
  • Build a relationship with employees
  • Provide effective feedback often

Remember, teamwork begins by building trust. And the only way to do that is to overcome our need for invulnerability. – Patrick Lencioni

Teamwork is not just working with each other, it is trusting each other. – Amit Kalantri

Employees need to be able to trust their colleagues, managers, and the organization they work for if they want to be part of the team. Check out this article on how to build trust in the workplace!

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

Companies can only go so far without teamwork and collaboration. Once organizations grow, there is not just one single person that can make sure the day-to-day processes continue to run smoothly.

Effectively, change is almost impossible without industry-wide collaboration, cooperation, and consensus. – Simon Mainwaring

Changes is inevitable. Organizations need a strong team of people to successfully adapt to new markets, structures, etc

I’m not the smartest fellow in the world, but I sure can pick smart colleagues. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

Team composition should consist of people that can learn from each other. Diversity is key in teams to bring in new learnings and new perspectives.

A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts. – Richard Branson

No one wants to hate their work. Part of what makes successful businesses successful is great work relationships. Creating these relationships will keep employees engaged in their work and willing to come to work everyday. Encourage water cooler moments, team lunches, and company retreats to help build camaraderie. (You can learn what motivates your people with frequent check-ins with employees and through employee surveys).

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

There is no “I” in team. Teamwork makes the dream work.

What separates the good players from a great player is that a great player is willing to give up their own personal achievement for the achievement of the group. – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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

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

Being a true teammate is knowing when to fight for your opinion and knowing when to let someone else take the lead.

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