The following quotes are by great authors, leaders, and teachers who believe in the tremendous power of teamwork. Use the following quotes to inspire you and your team to strive for excellence within your organization together.
“If you’re too busy to help the people around you succeed, you’re too busy.” – Bob Moawad
In order to build a great team, often it’s necessary to rethink your list of daily “to do” items. It’s important to frequently look for opportunities to make other people’s success, small or large, your agenda.
“There are no problems we cannot solve together, and very few that we can solve by ourselves.” – Lyndon B. Johnson
The most innovative ideas are the result of teams of smart people building solutions that could not be thought of alone. Try seeing how you can build on the idea of others on your team.
“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” – Ryunosuke Satoro
The world has room for many oceans. Who are the people you know who have values, ambitions and goals similar to you? How could you bring them together to do something great?
“I not only use all the brains I have, but all I can borrow.” – Woodrow Wilson
When stuck for an idea, always remember that you can rely on the knowledge and fresh perspectives of those around you. Just remember to give credit to those who helped you.
“I now understand that my welfair is only possible if I acknowledge my unity with all people of the world without exception.” – Leo Tolstoy
When building a great team, try to release the needs and want of “me” and look for ways to value, nurture and appreciate the incredible “we” that binds us all.
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” – African Proverb
Look at your goals through the lens of speed or distance traveled. Which ones are best pursued with your teammates at your side?
“Overcoming barriers to performance is how groups become teams.” – Katzenback & Smith
Sometimes it becomes necessary to identify sticking points that keep your team members from doing their best work. Discuss what you or others within your team can do to resolve them. Once these barriers are overcome, your team will be that much stronger for it.
“We could all use a little coaching. When you’re playing the game, it’s hard to think of everything.” – Jim Rohn
Leverage the wisdom of your peers and friends. Ask for feedback or even a little guidance. even if you don’t use it, you’ll still be a bit wiser for listening.
“Light is the task where many share the toil.” – Homer
Look for opportunities to lighten someone else’s load by lending an unexpected hand. If they say, “thank you,” great. If they don’t, just smile to yourself. Trust that the act still made a difference.
“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
Few teams can be successful without their individual members being 100% accountable for their deliverables. Ask yourself how reliable you are for those who are counting on you.