Soul Food for Friday: Teamwork Makes the Dreamwork

Major League Baseball in the playoffs stage of the season. College Football in full gear. NFL season with refs back ready to roll. NBA in training camp. NHL on strike. Sports are a great metaphor for life, especially when it comes to the lessons of teamwork they teach and that life teaches as well. May this week’s Soul Food for Friday provide quotes that drive the teamwork that makes the dream work in your life.

“Sports serve society by providing vivid examples of excellence.” — George F. Will

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

“In basketball, you can be the greatest individual player in the world and still lose every game, because a team will always beat an individual.” — Bill Walton

“On this team, we’re all united in a common goal: to keep my job.” — Lou Holtz

“If you think you are the entire picture, you will never see the big picture.” — John Maxwell

“I play for the name on the front of the jersey, not the one on the back.” — Trevor Hoffman

“Team guts always beats individual greatness.” — Bob Zuppke

“Ask not what your teammates can do for you. Ask what you can do for your teammates.” — Magic Johnson

“God is looking for (people) through whom He can do the impossible — what a pity that we plan only the things we can do ourselves.” — A. W. Tozer

“The player who puts the ball through the hoop has ten hands.” — John Wooden


Coach John Wooden — Thanks to By Congressman Brad Sherman’s office [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

“The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team.” — John Wooden

“I am more than I am, but less than we are.” — Tim Hansel

“People connected in a meaningful way and focused on a common purpose become an unstoppable force.” — Roger Dow

“The country is full of good coaches. What it takes to win is a bunch of interested players.” — Don Coryell

“One guy can’t win the Stanley Cup or the Boston Bruins would have won it seven straight years with Bobby Orr. The better the team plays, the better you play.” — Wayne Gretzky

“When team is the destination victory happens along the way.” — T-shirt seen by Pat Williams

“Anything I can do, we can do better.” — Denny Brake

“I saw a ‘glue player’, a kid who could hold a team together.” — Billy Brewer on Chucky Mullins

“The measure of leadership is not the quality of the head but the tone of the body. The signs of outstanding leadership appear primarily among the followers.” — Max DePree

“If you have an ego that has to be stroked all the time, you’re not going to build an effective team.” — Fred Smith

“Good team players take action. They don’t stew about whether it’s their job or about whether they’re going to offend someone.” — Mike Maerz

“A team works better when people are at ease with the leader.” — Michael Leinbach

“Selfish people spell doom for a team effort.” — H. David Aycock

“Dependent people need others to get what they want. Independent people can get what they want through their own efforts. Interdependent people combine their own efforts with the efforts of others to achieve their great success.” — Stephen Covey

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

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

“No one can whistle a symphony. It takes an orchestra to play it.” — H. E. Luccock

“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

“There is greatness all around you — use it. It is easy to be great when you get around great people.” — Bob Richards

“Union gives strength.” — Aesop

“We have not come to compete with one another. We have come to complete one another.” — Bill McCartney

“You can do what I cannot do. I can do what you cannot do. Together, we can do great things.” — Mother Teresa

So what words inspire your teamwork? What brings out the best in you when working with others?


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