#1 “In teamwork, silence is not golden, it’s deadly.” — Mark Sanborn

#2 “What we need to do is learn to work in the system, by which I mean that everybody, every team, every platform, every division, every component is there not for individual competitive profit or recognition, but for contribution to the system as a whole on a win-win basis.” — W. Edwards Deming; 1900–1993.

Deming was an American management guru widely hailed as architect of Japan’s quality movement that allowed car imports to eat Detroit’s lunch in the 70s and 80s. Deming was regarded as having more impact upon Japanese manufacturing and business than any other individual not of Japanese heritage. Despite being considered something of a hero in Japan, Deming was only just beginning to win widespread recognition in the U.S. at the time of his death.

#3 “No member of a crew is praised for the rugged individuality of his rowing.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

#4 “The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.” —Babe Ruth