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9 Team Building Quotes (that aren’t lame)

Dallas, Texas – If you spend any time surfing social media you’ll know that Team Building quotes are two things, 1) ubiquitous and 2) easy to discount as a little cheesy. We get it.

But that said, the right quote, presented in the right situation, can be a valuable tool. A tool to create cool conversations with your team around the core principles of teamwork and to inspire your group.

Starting off meetings with a team building quote, or closing with one, can be a good fit.

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Soccer star Mia Hamm understands the importance of support from teammates. See her quote below

Here are 9 quotes that could spur discussion at your next meeting.

"A boat doesn't go forward if each one is rowing their own way."

– Swahili Proverb

(working together, supporting each other, putting the team’s goals ahead of your own)

“Great teams do not hold back with one another. They admit their mistakes, their weaknesses, and their concerns without fear of reprisal.”

– Patrick Lencioni

(the ability to be vulnerable and know you’ll be supported is the foundation to a strong team)

“When you need to innovate, you need collaboration.”

– Marissa Mayer

(when we design one of our Improv to Improve Team Building Workshops for a client, we often focus on unleashing a team’s innovation and creativity by increasing their ability to collaborate. This quote speaks to the importance of how effective collaboration is critical to grow, expand and amplify ideas)

"You don’t get harmony when everyone sings the same note."

– Doug Floyd

(a leader’s recognition and encouragement of diversity is important to a team's ability to grow and succeed)

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

– Vince Lombardi

(classic Coach Lombardi. It’s about the commitment to something larger than yourself)

"Cooperation is the thorough conviction that nobody can get there unless everybody gets there."

- Virginia Burden

(a good one to use as a discussion point when you’ve identified a team member or two who don’t appear to be on the same page and pulling in the same direction as everyone else)


It is amazing how much people get done if they do not worry about who gets the credit."

– Swahili proverb

(the Swahilis must have team building nailed, as this is another one of their quotes)

“A team is not a group of people who work together. A team is a group of people who trust each other.”

– Simon Sinek

(the Ted Talk guru, Sinek hones in on the importance of trust to making any team effective)

“I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion.”

– Mia Hamm

(soccer star Mia Hamm highlights how great accomplishments are cooperative experiences; achieved through the shared effort of all team members)

Good luck if you do decide to add a team building quote to your next meeting. Hopefully your group will be inspired and find value in the discussion.

(Here’s another handful of Team Building quotes from Dad’s Garage in Atlanta that could also work for you)

If you’re looking for a unique Team Building Workshop in the Dallas area, check out what we do here at Improv to Improve – connect with us and we’ll be happy to let you know more about our packages, how we customize design our workshops specifically to your group, the costs, how we can impact your team, and how we’ve impacted other clients of ours.

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We also design Presentation Skills Workshops for Dallas-area companies.

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