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Quotes of the Day for 8 August 2004 – Teamwork

Last night we watched Galaxy Quest, an enjoyable if very silly movie about a dysfunctional team that ends up coming together in time to save the day.

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The quotes:

The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team.
     - John Wooden

If lessons are learned in defeat, as they say, our team is really getting a great education.
     - Murray Warmath

The important thing to recognize is that it takes a team, and the team ought to get credit for the wins and the losses. Successes have many fathers, failures have none.
     - Philip Caldwell

Individual commitment to a group effort - that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.
     - Vincent Thomas Lombardi, 1913 - 1970

The leaders who work most effectively, it seems to me, never say "I". And that's not because they have trained themselves not to say "I". They don't think "I". They think "we"; they think "team". They understand their job to be to make the team function. They accept responsibility and don't sidestep it, but "we" gets the credit.... This is what creates trust, what enables you to get the task done.
     - Peter Drucker

I had never expected that the China initiative would come to fruition in the form of a Ping-Pong team.
     - Richard M. Nixon, 1913 - 1994


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