No one can whistle a symphony. It takes an orchestra to play it.
Teamwork is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.
If I could solve all the problems myself, I would.
—Thomas Edison, when asked why he had a team of twenty-one assistants
A group becomes a team when each member is sure enough of himself and his contribution to praise the skills of the others.
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, individuality counts, but teamwork dynamites.
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 and Smith , The Wisdom of Teams, 1993
Synergy is the highest activity of life; it creates new untapped alternatives; it values and exploits the mental, emotional, and psychological differences between people.
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.
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.
Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.
No member of a crew is praised for the rugged individuality of his rowing.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
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 accept responsibility, but “we” gets the credit.