84 Teamwork and Collaboration Quotes For Success In Business (And Life)

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Collaboration is one of our core values here at Continuum Health.

In fact, we see efficient communications and being able to work well with other people as vital to any great endeavors.

That’s why we compiled a list of 84 of the best teamwork and collaboration quotes to help you find the inspiration you need for your business and your life.

After all, life is like a game and the ones who cooperate well and adapt the fastest are the ones who truly change things. Enjoy!

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1. The key to teamwork is to learn a role, accept a role, and strive to become excellent playing it. Pat Riley

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2. A player who makes a team great is more valuable than a great player. Losing yourself in the group, for the good of the group, that’s teamwork. John Wooden

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3. Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. Helen Keller

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4. Not finance. Not strategy. Not technology. It is teamwork that remains the ultimate competitive advantage, both because it is so powerful and so rare. Patrick Lencioni (The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Amazon book)

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5. A small team, committed to a cause bigger than themselves, can achieve absolutely anything. Simon Sinek

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6. A team is not a group of people that work together. A team is a group of people that trust each other. Simon Sinek

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7. Good teams go fast. Wise teams work on the right things. Maxime Lagacé

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8. Ordinary people with commitment can make an extraordinary impact on their world. John C. Maxwell

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9. The only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation. Bertrand Russell

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10. Collaboration is multiplication. John C. Maxwell

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11. Real collaboration is when the idea can no longer be traced to one person. It is legitimately ours. Simon Sinek

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12. Remember upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all. Alexander the Great

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13. The best teamwork comes from men who are working independently toward one goal in unison. James Cash Penney

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14. Cooperation is the thorough conviction that nobody can get there unless everybody gets there. Virginia Burden

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15. It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. Harry S. Truman

The Most Famous Teamwork and Collaboration Quotes

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16. Our destiny is not written for us, it’s written by us. Barack Obama

17. No individual can win a game by himself. Pelé

18. By working together, pooling our resources and building on our strengths, we can accomplish great things. Ronald Reagan

19. If every member of a team doesn’t commit to grow together, they will grow apart. Simon Sinek

20. Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results. Andrew Carnegie

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

22. Do not tolerate brilliant jerks. The cost to teamwork is too high. Reed Hastings (Netflix)

23. Great things in business are never done by one person; they’re done by a team of people. Steve Jobs

24. My model for business is The Beatles. They were four guys who kept each other’s kind of negative tendencies in check. They balanced each other and the total was greater than the sum of its parts. Steve Jobs

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25. If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants. Isaac Newton

26. No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team. Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn)

27. Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better. Martin Luther King Jr

28. Teamwork is what the Green Bay Packers were all about. They didn’t do it for individual glory. They did it because they loved one another. Vince Lombardi

29. 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

30. None of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful. Mother Teresa

31. Like a human being, a company has to have an internal communication mechanism, a “nervous system”, to coordinate its actions. Bill Gates

32. The important thing is that your teammates have to know you’re pulling for them and you really want them to be successful. Kobe Bryant

33. If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself. Henry Ford

Short Teamwork and Collaboration Quotes

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34. The best ideas have to win. Steve Jobs

35. We rise by lifting others. Robert Ingersoll

36. In union there is strength. Aesop

37. Many hands make light work. John Heywood

38. Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable. Kenyan Proverb

39. Good teams work hard.

40. It takes two flints to make a fire. Louisa May Alcott

41. Never confuse movement with action. Ernest Hemingway

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

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43. TEAM — Together Everyone Achieves More.

44. Trust is the foundation of real teamwork. Patrick Lencioni

45. Focus on being productive instead of busy. Tim Ferriss

46. Change can only come through collaboration. Alain de Botton

47. There is no ‘i’ in team but there is in win. Michael Jordan

48. Communication works for those who work at it. John Powell

49. It all starts with a great idea and teamwork. Garrett Camp

50. In teamwork, silence isn’t golden. It’s deadly. Mark Sanborn

51. Without self-discipline, success is impossible, period. Lou Holtz

52. Teamwork divides the task and multiplies the success. Unknown

53. Good communication is the bridge between confusion and clarity. Nat Turner

See also: 7 Habits of Extraordinary Teams (inc.com)

Inspirational Teamwork and Collaboration Quotes

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54. Three things in life – your health, your mission, and the people you love. That’s it. Naval Ravikant

55. Eventually, execution beats luck, consistency beats intensity, curiosity beats smart, kind beats clever, together beats alone. Shane Parrish

56. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life. Amy Poehler

57. Build for your team a feeling of oneness, of dependence on one another and of strength to be derived by unity. Vince Lombardi

58. It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed. Napoleon Hill

59. No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent. John Donne

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60. No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helped you. Althea Gibson

61. There can only be one state of mind as you approach any profound test; total concentration, a spirit of togetherness, and strength. Pat Riley

62. It’s about team effort. No particular player trying to outshine each other. Rajon Rondo

63. Collaboration has no hierarchy. The sun collaborates with soil to bring flowers on the earth. Amit Ray

64. When you form a team, why do you try to form a team? Because teamwork builds trust and trust builds speed. Russel Honore

65. If you could get all the people in an organization rowing in the same direction, you could dominate any industry, in any market, against any competition, at any time. Patrick Lencioni (The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Amazon book)

66. When a team outgrows individual performance and learns team confidence, excellence becomes a reality. Joe Paterno

67. Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success. Henry Ford

68. Synergy – the bonus that is achieved when things work together harmoniously. Mark Twain

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Wise Teamwork and Collaboration Quotes

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69. Efficiency is doing better what is already being done. Peter F. Drucker

70. Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people. William Butler Yeats

71. To collaborative team members, completing one another is more important than competing with one another. John C. Maxwell

72. Pride is concerned with who is right. Humility is concerned with what is right. Ezra Taft Benson

73. Open, frank communication is the lynchpin to teamwork. A fractured team is like a fractured bone; fixing it is always painful and sometimes you have to re-break it to heal it fully – and the re-break always hurts more because it is intentional. Patrick Lencioni

74. Teamwork is really a form of trust. It’s what happens when you surrender the mistaken idea that you can go it alone and realize that you won’t achieve your individual goals without the support of your colleagues. Pat Summitt

75. Teamwork is the foundation of success. The three universal questions that an individual asks of his coach, player, employee, employer are: Can I trust you? Are you committed to excellence? And, do you care about me? Lou Holtz

76. Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than the one where they sprang up. Oliver Wendell Holmes

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77. No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it. H.E. Luccock

78. The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can’t be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it. Elbert Hubbard

79. When there is trust, conflict becomes nothing but the pursuit of truth, an attempt to find the best possible answer. Patrick Lencioni (The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business, Amazon book)

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

81. Trust is knowing that when a team member does push you, they’re doing it because they care about the team. Patrick Lencioni

82. Organizational health is the single greatest competitive advantage in any business. Patrick Lencioni

83. Effective teamwork begins and ends with communication. Mike Krzyzewski

See also: 6 Benefits of Teamwork in the Workplace (sandler.com)


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84. Teamwork is the ability to have different thoughts about things; it’s the ability to argue and stand up and say loud and strong what you feel. But in the end, it’s also the ability to adjust to what is the best for the team. Tom Landry

Our team at Continuum Health has been working together for many years.

Without good collaboration, fun and respect, we wouldn’t be where we are today.

Question for you: what is YOUR secret for great teamwork and collaboration? How do you make the best decisions?

Call to action: Read How to Improve Teamwork and Collaboration Skills (proofhub.com)

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About The Author

Maxime Lagacé

Maxime Lagacé has been working for Continuum Health since 2011. He studied software engineering at École de technologie supérieure de Montréal and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He obtained his bachelor in 2007. His interest in marketing and SEO led him to occupy many different roles for Continuum Health like customer support, scrum master, software and website development, website design and optimization, and much more. He also owns the website WisdomQuotes and is eager to help people and organizations work to their full potential.