What is a team?


A team is a small number of people with complementary skills committed to a common purpose, performance goals and ways of working together for which they hold themselves mutually accountable.

Jon Katzenbach and Douglas Smith

The Wisdom of Teams

When you work in a group – in the work place, in your community, at university, or even among friends, a spirit of effective collaboration is often called “team work”.

Team is often a word used in sport. We also speak of a “team of oxen”. It is when a group does something together, often where there is something that emerges called “synergy”. Synergy arises when doing something together is better and more effective than doing it individual and separately.

Here are a few more quotes about teams and team work.

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

“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

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

“The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.”
Vince Lombardi

“The nice thing about teamwork is that you always have others on your side.” Margaret Carty

“When your team is winning, be ready to be tough, because winning can make you soft. On the other hand, when you team is losing, stick by them. Keep believing.” Bo Schembechler

“Individuals play the game, but teams beat the odds.” SEAL Team saying

“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 a team is to reach its potential, each player must be willing to subordinate his personal goals to the good of the team.” Bud Wilkinson

“People have been known to achieve more as a result of working with others than against them.”
Dr. Allan Fromme

“When he took time to help the man up the mountain, lo, he scaled it himself.” Tibetan Proverb

“Even eagles need a push.” David McNally

“In order to become a leading home run hitter, a batter must be surrounded by good hitters, otherwise, the pitchers will ‘pitch around’ him. Likewise, many successful people became that way from being on a good team.” Laing Burns Jr.

“A group becomes a team when all members are sure enough of themselves and their contributions to praise the skill of others.” Anonymous

Some more quotes and resources about teams

Team Building and Teamwork Quotes from Teampedia

42 Team and Teamwork Quotes

111 Motivational TEAM Quotes

Some useful tips on working in groups from a college in the United States

The Challenge of Working Across Cultures – a very useful article about working with people from different cultures





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