Team Building and Trust Building Quotes

Ways We Use Team Building Quotes:


Having lead dozens of teams through critical, highly visable and stressful projects, I can tell you I am not a big fan of meetings. Some long meetings are necessary, but should be extremely infrequent.

However, I LOVE stand-up meetings and 7 to 20 minutes short team huddles.  When run efficiently, these huddles keep the team aligned, create energy and enthusiasm and helps everyone stay connected.

A quote can be very helpful to either begin or end the huddle.  You can have a different person pick one


Pick a quote and use it to begin a dialogue amongst your team.  This feels a little awkward at first, but stick with it and ask questions for deeper meaning from your team and it will come.

You can look more closely at the author of the quote and where they are coming from.  A quote from Helen Keller is very different than from Vince Lombardi.  Yet, they say similar things!

Sports metaphors are very common in business and sports team quotes are everywhere.  Be careful with your team because most work teams are NOT like sports teams.

Team Building Facilitation or Training

Using the right quote in the right place can be exactly what you need.

Quotes are great because they come from a trust source and are a different voice from  your own that is encapsulating your content perfectly.  We use them all the time as openers, in the debrief to stimulate dialogue and to wrap up a session.

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

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

“To me, teamwork is the beauty of our sport, where you have five acting as one. You become selfless.”
Mike Krzyzewski

“It is amazing how much people can get done if they do not worry about who gets the credit.”
Sandra Swinney

“Without trust we don’t truly collaborate; we merely coordinate or, at best, cooperate. It is trust that transforms a group of people into a team.” 
Stephen R. Covey

“A group is a bunch of people in an elevator. A team is also a bunch of people in an elevator, but the elevator is broken!”
Bonnie Edelstein

“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.”
Phil Jackson

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”
Henry Ford

“I don’t believe in team motivation. I believe in getting a team prepared so it knows it will have the necessary confidence when it steps on a field and be prepared to play a good game.”
Tom Landry

“The glue that holds all relationships together-including the relationship between the leader and the led-is trust, and trust is based on integrity.”
Brian Tracy

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

“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

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed. It is the only thing that ever has.”
Margaret Mead

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

What are the team building quotes you use and like?  Please share below.

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