20 inspirational teamwork quotes for the workplace

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By Jim Woods President, Jim Woods Group  @leadersmatter

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  1. Nothing  matters  so much to the value of a team than to add diversity of thought to the mix. Rabble rousers with placaters can create innovative ideas never generated by those who mistake groupthink for original thought.” Jim Woods, President Jim Woods Group
  2. “The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.”  Phil Jackson
  3. “I know half, and I know two guys who each know half of half, so together we’re altogether. Let this be a lesson in networking.”Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not FOR SALE
  4. Truth is when manager sets an example of servant leadership diversity of thought permeates the culture that applauds those who challenge ideas  for the individual and collective good. The good of the whole must still benefit the one.” Jim Woods, President Jim Woods Group
  5. The single most important aspect of a team is diversity. Mix every aspect of the members to drive out albeit painstakingly the best ideas.”  Jim Woods, President Jim Woods Group
  6. If you squelch the voice of the individual in a team or meeting  you create  culture of distrust which precedes disengagement reflected in eroding customer relationships.” Jim Woods,  Jim Woods, President Jim Woods Group
  7. Communism stresses  the value of the whole over that of the individual. So do most teams in order to achieve solidarity. It is forgotten the value of stress on metal to gain its strength. Which is why their best thinking is seldom if ever achieved.”  Jim Woods, President Jim Woods Group
  8. “Trust is knowing that when a team member does push you, they’re doing it because they care about the team.” Patrick Lencioni, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable
  9. “Remember teamwork begins by building trust. And the only way to do that is to overcome our need for invulnerability.” Patrick Lencioni, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable
  10. “Great teams do not hold back with one another. They are unafraid to air their dirty laundry. They admit their mistakes, their weaknesses, and their concerns without fear of reprisal.” Patrick Lencioni, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable
  11. “I’m all for all for one, especially when I’m the one. That’s my philosophy when the dinner bill arrives at the table.” Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not FOR SALE
  12. “It’s as simple as this. When people don’t unload their opinions and feel like they’ve been listened to, they won’t really get on board.” Patrick Lencioni
  13. “If two heads are better than one then why are committees so ineffective?” Jim Woods, President Jim Woods Group
  14. “Collective systems or teams tend to subvert individual rights. I guess an example would be communism compared to capitalism. When one thinks in terms of the team over the individual  remember how the decision of a team promulgated the Iran War, the sinking of the Spanish Armada with King Philip at the helm and the most recent …. the self immolation of Nokia whose managers sought self preservation  in groupthink to avoid the very things they fire their underlings for.” Jim Woods, president, Jim Woods Group
  15. “It takes two flints to make a fire.”  L. Alcott
  16. “If two men on the same job agree all the time, then one is useless. If they disagree all the time, both are useless.” Darryl F. Zanuck
  17. “In a team setting, leadership is shared by a community of people, which counters the tendency for pastors to form congregations in their own images.” Adam S. McHugh, Introverts in the Church: Finding Our Place in an Extroverted Culture
  18. “Teamwork: I love the idea of all for one—especially if that one is me.”
  19. “The best part about teamwork, is me collecting all the prize money. Hey, that’s what captains are for, right?” Jarod Kintz, A Zebra is the Piano of the Animal Kingdom
  20. “Linked together as a team with one goal, we soon realized we were only as strong as our weakest link. But did we condemn the weaker member? That wouldn’t serve any purpose. Instead, the stronger guys responded by carrying more weight than the weaker teammate. Encouragement was key in reaching the top of the stadium, standing as one. Sometimes one person on your team may not be as strong as another. Strengths usually differ. Likewise, in an encounter with another, someone may have a different set of beliefs or ideas.To accomplish any goal, embracing the strengths and weaknesses of each member and compensating where necessary are the best ways to make it to the top.” Jake Byrne, First and Goal: What Football Taught Me about Never Giving Up

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Jim Woods is president of The Jim Woods Group. A management consulting firm. Go here to see his work www.jimwoodsgroup.com. He advises and speaks to organizations large and small on how to increase top line growth in times of uncertainty and complexity. Some of his speaking and consulting clients include: U.S. Army, MITRE Corporation, Pitney Bowes, Whirlpool, and 3M. See more at his website www.jimwoodsgroup.com.

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