50 universal (but often neglected) truths that will make your team more successful

by Wendy Soon on November 25, 2013


  1. Feedback is a gift (not a weapon).

  2. The mere presence of other people engaged in the same task as us can boost our motivation.

  3. Teams with both men and women perform better than teams with a single gender.

  4. Teams made up of varied personalities are more creative than teams with only members of similar personalities and experiences (Read more here).

  5. Taking regular breaks increases productivity.

  6. The best teams communicate outside of formal meetings.

  7. Team sizes of smaller than 5 are more effective than larger teams (Read more here).

  8. A wide age range in the team contributes to increased innovation.

  9. Regular (small) conflicts within the team helps bond the team in the long run.

  10. Tight camaraderie increases efficiency but reduces creativity.

  11. Virtual teams can outperform co-located teams.

  12. Cliques within a team divides the team and is not healthy in the long run.

  13. Everyone appreciates a pat on the back — even the boss.

  14. Encourage collaboration, not competition (Read more here).

  15. Competition increases the productivity of an individual, but decreases the productivity of the team.

  16. Teams that take time off to socialize together end up being more productive than teams that don’t (Read more here).

  17. Regular (deserving) rewards are necessary (Read more here).

  18. Encourage (a healthy amount of) disagreement (Read more here).

  19. Coming together is the beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.

  20. Management is nothing more than motivating other people.

  21. Dependence on one another is more important than complete independence, because that creates unity within the team.

  22. There is no such thing as a self-made man. You can only reach your goals with the help of others.

  23. A leader must inspire, or the team will expire.

  24. Teamwork begins by building trust. And the only way to do that is to first overcome our inherent need for invulnerability (Read more here).

  25. The secret to successful hiring is this: look for the people who want to change the world.

  26. There is no ‘i’ in team.

  27. A group becomes a team when each member is sure enough of himself and his contribution to praise the skills of the others.

  28. Always treat your team members exactly as you want them to treat your best customers.

  29. Synergy is the bonus that is achieved when people work together harmoniously.

  30. Many of us are more capable than some of us . . . but none of us is as capable as all of us!

  31. A team is a process of give and take.

  32. In teamwork, silence isn’t golden. It is deadly.

  33. If you can laugh together, you can work together.

  34. You don’t have to attend every argument you are invited to.

  35. A boss uses people. A leader develops people.

  36. A boss says “Go!”. A leader says “Let’s go!”

  37. A boss generates fear. A leader inspires enthusiasm.

  38. A boss drives. A leader coaches.

  39. Laugh together first, work together later.

  40. 10% of conflicts are due to differences in opinions. 90% are due to the wrong tone of voice.

  41. A team that disagrees a lot, achieves even more.

  42. When we help one another, everyone wins.

  43. The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team.

  44. When a team member pushes you, he is doing it because he cares about you and the team.

  45. Great teams do not hold back with one another. They are unafraid to air their dirty laundry. They admit their mistakes, their weaknesses, and their concerns without fear of reprisal.

  46. A team can only achieve great heights if none of the team members is focused on getting credit.

  47. There’s nothing greater in the world than when somebody on the team does something good, and everybody gathers around to pat him on the back.

  48. No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it.

  49. A boat doesn’t go forward if each one is rowing their own way.

  50. The value of an idea lies in the using of it.

raj November 25, 2013 at 7:02 am

The value of an idea lies in the using of it. Great Quote

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