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The Wisdom of Teams

There is a lot written about teams because it’s the people structure in which most work gets done. We are going to be writing a series of Tips on teams over the coming weeks, so here are some quotes and a book to inspire you:

Individual commitment to a group effort–that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.
Vince Lombardi

“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.”
Andrew Carnegie

None of us is as smart as all of us.
Ken Blanchard

“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.”
Babe Ruth

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

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

Teamwork makes the dream work, but a vision becomes a nightmare when the leader has a big dream and a bad team.
John C. Maxwell

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
Margaret Mead

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

The title of this post comes from a classic book of the same name, The Wisdom of Teams: Creating the High-Performance Organization. What are some of your favorite books on teams?

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