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60 Empowering Collaboration Quotes on Teamwork & Success

Published on September 30, 2020 6:00 AM EST
60 Empowering Collaboration Quotes on Teamwork & Success

Our latest collection of inspirational collaboration quotes to appreciate the power of teamwork. Enjoy!

Collaboration is a popular buzzword these days. Corporations and organizations encourage employees to share ideas, work together and integrate their efforts. The open office environment, which seems to get more popular from year to year, is designed on the principle of collaboration.

60 Empowering Collaboration Quotes on Teamwork & Success

Everyone may not agree, but those behind the open office concept believe that the absence of walls and dividers facilitates conversations and interactions as well as foster a sharing spirit and collaborative attitude. Whether this is true or effective in achieving the level of collaboration that its proponents profess, the fact is we typically accomplish more and attain greater results and benefits when we work together – when we indeed collaborate!

But collaboration is about so much more than a tool for achieving business goals or personal dreams. Collaboration is about compassion, love, support, kindness, and the power that we gain when we share with each other and lean on each other.

As we watched experts and volunteers from across the world come together to rescue 12 young men and their coach from a flooded cave in Thailand, we witnessed a clear display of compassion, and a heart-warming demonstration of loving support played out via the power of collaboration in defying the odds and winning!

So, let’s focus on the true meaning, spirit, and value that we gain when we collaborate as can be gleaned from these empowering quotes on collaboration.

We also have a collection of motivational quotes for employees. Check that out too.

Empowering collaboration quotes

1. “Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

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2. “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” – Henry Ford

3. “Collaboration allows us to know more than we are capable of knowing by ourselves.” – Paul Solarz

4. “I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.” – Mother Teresa

5. “Individually we are one drop; but together we are an ocean.” – Ryunosoke Satoro

6. “Synergy – the bonus that is achieved when things work together harmoniously.” – Mark Twain

7. “Great things in business are never done by one person; they’re done by a team of people.” – Steve Jobs

8. “Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than the one where they sprang up. “— Oliver Wendell Holmes

9. “One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

10. “If a team is to reach its potential, each player must be willing to subordinate his personal goals to the good of the team.” – Bud Wilkinson

Inspirational collaboration quotes about teamwork

11. “The secret is to gang up on the problem, rather than each other.” —Thomas Stallkamp

12. “TEAM — Together Everyone Achieves More.” – Author Unknown

13. “Your corn is ripe today; mine will be so tomorrow. ‘Tis profitable for us both, that I should labour with you today, and that you should aid me tomorrow.” —David Hume

14. “Despair shows us the limit of our imagination. Imagination shared creates collaboration, and collaboration creates community, and community inspires social change.” – Terry Tempest Williams

15. “Collaboration is the essence of life. The wind, bees and flowers work together, to spread the pollen.” – Amit Ray

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16. “Collaboration is much like a birth. The song that springs forth resembles each one of us to a degree, but it’s the kind of thing that would never be born from just one of us sitting down with a guitar.” – Grant-Lee Phillips

17. “When ‘I’ is replaced by “we” even ‘illness’ becomes ‘wellness’.” – Scharf

18. “Competition makes us faster, collaboration makes us better.” – Fyrefly

19. “Creating a better world required teamwork, partnerships, and collaboration, as we need an entire army of companies to work together to build a better world within the next few decades. This means corporations must embrace the benefits of cooperating with one another.” – Simon Mainwaring

20. “We can see that all the desirable experiences that we cherish or aspire to attain are dependent upon cooperation and interaction with other sentient beings.” – Dalai Lama

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Collaboration quotes to inspire success

21. “If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” – Booker T. Washington

22. “No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it.” – H.E. Luccock

23. “The best teamwork comes from men who are working independently toward one goal in unison.” – James Cash Penney

24. “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” – Harry Truman

25. “Collaboration is a key part of the success of any organization, executed through a clearly defined vision and mission and based on transparency and constant communication.” – Dinesh Paliwal

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26. “I like working with people. I believe change can only come through collaboration.” – Alain de Botton

27. “Collaboration is an important part of the process, and ego is never a part of it.” – Mack Wilberg

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

29. “Collaboration allows teachers to capture each other’s fund of collective intelligence.” —Mike Schmoker

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

Collaboration quotes to appreciate the power of teamwork

31. “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.” – Michael Jordan

32. “Filmmaking is a miracle of collaboration.” – James McAvoy

33. “No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team.” – Reid Hoffman

34. “It takes two flints to make a fire.” – Louisa May Alcott

35. “Collaboration has no hierarchy. The Sun collaborates with soil to bring flowers on the earth.” – Amit Ray

36. “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” – Isaac Newton

37. “Effectively, change is almost impossible without industry-wide collaboration, cooperation and consensus.”- Simon Mainwaring

38. “The beauty of collaboration between older and younger generations is that we combine strength with wisdom—a surefire way to accomplish more for the glory of God.” ― Brett Harris

39. “None of us is as smart as all of us.” – Ken Blanchard

40. “A strong team can take any crazy vision and turn it into reality.” –John Carmack

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Other inspirational collaboration quotes

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

42. “In teamwork, silence isn’t golden. It’s deadly.” — Mark Sanborn

43. “Teamwork is so important that it is virtually impossible for you to reach the heights of your capabilities or make the money that you want without becoming very good at it.” — Brian Tracy

44. “If you can laugh together, you can work together.” – Robert Orben

45. “A successful team is a group of many hands and one mind.” – Bill Bethel

46. “I believe, we can create a better world, a better tomorrow, if we work together. Don’t you?” ― Akiroq Brost

47. “There is no such thing as a self-made man. You will reach your goals only with the help of others.” — George Shinn

48. “It takes both sides to build a bridge.” – Frederik Nael

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

50. “Teamwork builds trust and trust builds speed.” — Russel Honore

Other inspirational collaboration quotes

51. “A clear purpose will unite you as you move forward, values will guide your behavior, and goals will focus your energy.”― Kenneth H. Blanchard

52. “A good collaboration pushes the boundaries of both partners.” – Neil Blumenthal

53. “The fun for me in collaboration is, one, working with other people just makes you smarter; that’s proven.” – Lin-Manuel Miranda

54. “One way a collaboration can go wrong is if your connection is inauthentic or overly prescriptive.” – Mark Parker

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55. “Creative collaboration is awesome.” – Alicia Silverstone

56. “Collaboration is the best way to work. It’s only way to work, really.” – Antony Starr

57. “I’m down to work with anyone as long as it’s an organic collaboration.” – Black Though

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

59. “When you need to innovate, you need collaboration.” – Marissa Mayer

60. “A group becomes a team when each member is sure enough of himself and his contribution to praise the skills of others.” – Norman Shidler

Which collaboration quotes were your favorite?

Collaboration is more than a trend or a buzzword. Collaboration should be the cornerstone (the supporting pillar) of our society. We won’t always agree on how to do something, when to do it or why it’s important to do it.

We don’t all possess the same talents, interests, or desires. We don’t all have the same types or levels of experiences. We all don’t have the same background, training, or frame of reference.

But, if we all open up and

a.) Give a little from our hearts,

b.) Share a bit of our knowledge,

c.) Treat each other with great respect, and

e.) Be willing to receive as much as we share and give; then, maybe, just maybe we can make this collaboration thing a truly empowering way of life!

So, did you enjoy these collaboration quotes? Which of the quotes on collaboration were your favorite? Share with us in the comment section below.

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    May 11, 2019 at 9:23 AM

    I enjoyed reading these quotes are really fruitful n helpful. One finger cannot do it alone but by the help of all fingers, things become easy for every finger.

  2. Jackie


    August 21, 2018 at 10:06 AM

    Thanks for the feedback. I agree more sharing will create more success.

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    Darlene Sintaro

    August 20, 2018 at 11:31 PM

    i really like this quotes
    “Coming together is beginning: Keeping together is progress; working together is success.” by Henry Ford

    This quotes really good for all workers in big or small business, if all workers could share what they know they can learn more and do good work..

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