Collaboration: One of the Essential Elements of Workforce Equanimity

Thanks to Idea Champions for assembling this list of interesting and inspiring quotes on collaboration: 

1. “It is the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.” – Charles Darwin

2. “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

3. “If two men on the same job agree all the time, then one is useless. If they disagree all the time, both are useless.” – Darryl F. Zanuck

4. “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” – Henry Ford

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

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

7. “It takes two to speak the truth — one to speak, and another to hear.” – Henry David Thoreau

8. “If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.” – George Bernard Shaw

9. “Politeness is the poison of collaboration.” – Edwin Land

10. “I never did anything alone. Whatever was accomplished in this country was accomplished collectively.” – Golda Meir

11. “It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.” – Napoleon Hill

12. “No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helped you.” – Althea Gibson

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

14. “Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.” – Henry Ford

15. “The lightning spark of thought generated in the solitary mind awakens its likeness in another mind.” — Thomas Carlyle


The ability to collaborate is essential in the post-modern, equanimous workplace.  However, not everyone collaborates in the same way.  People are different, and they bring different gifts and talents to the collaborative space.  In fact, they bring widely different ways of collaborating with them, based on temperament, past experience, role, etc.

WE encourage teams to use the DiSC assessment to inform them of their collaborative styles, as well as the other skills that they will bring to a team, as the project is starting.  WE will be happy to facilitate that for your team, too.

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