“Teamwork is the fuel that allows common people to produce uncommon results.” – Andrew Carnegie
Teamwork is necessary for success in any business, and the right quote can inspire a team to work together.
This week’s team building quote comes from Andrew Carnegie. Carnegie was an industrialist who led the expansion of the steel industry in America in the late 19th century. He is also known for his work with philanthropy as he called on the rich to improve society for everybody. He built the Carnegie Steel Company in Pittsburgh, which eventually turned into the U.S. Steel Corporation.
Carnegie had much wisdom and many ideas for philanthropy and wealth. During his lifetime, he donated over $350 million to various causes and tried to think positively. He tried to convey his message at the end of his life. The “Andrew Carnegie Dictum” was:
- To spend the first third of one’s life getting all the education one can;
- To spend the next third making all the money one can;
- To spend the last third giving it all away for worthwhile causes.
Carnegie knew that his company would not thrive without teamwork because of the extent and scale that the steel industry possessed. The Carnegie Steel Company employed workers who could work together in order for the business to survive.
Carnegie also believed there was little success where there was little laughter.
A fun, energetic work environment allows employees to work hard while also having a good time together. All of our programs involve laughter in the workplace, but also teach valuable lessons that will make your company stronger.
When was there a time at work where laughter inspired your team to work harder?
We would love to hear your stories about the fun you have in the workplace!
At TeamBonding we love having the chance to help our clients give back and helping their communities. It’s even better when we can help companies focus on their corporate social responsibilities and actually have an impact instead of creating vague initiatives. Part of the fun for us is coming up with new ideas and creating new programs to continue giving back. We have a variety of programs from our Charity Bike Build and Team Teddy Rescue Bear programs, Operation Military Care to provide care packages to our troops, all the way to Paws for a Cause where you make dog beds, pull toys, or cat scratchers for animals in shelters – among so many other charitable program options!
Mention team building and you’ll see a lot of eye rolls. Mention that you’ve planned a team building event and the room will fill with groans. To a lot of people, team building feels like a corporate buzzword synonymous with forced participation, uncomfortable interaction and just a means to an end. Some think of it as purely a waste of time, taking them away from work they could be doing.
We have an exciting year of trade shows lined up! From ice sculpting demonstrations to battling with bows & arrows, our team is ready to bring the fun to these events across the country. Will you be in attendance at any of these shows?! If so, be sure to swing by our booth and say hello!
When it’s summer time, head outside to enjoy the rays and blue skies. DYI (Do it yourself) outdoor team building is a great way to learn new activities while surrounded by fun company and building strong bonds.
Communication affects teamwork in positive and negative ways. The quantity and quality of communication within a team and from leadership affects teamwork. The more collaboration your projects require the more assertive and intentional your communication should be. Every member of the team needs to take the initiative to communicate. When a team is not actively communicating, their work is at stake. It’s important for everyone to learn how to communicate effectively in order to work effectively. (more…)
It’s one thing to create an atmosphere of trust and a feeling of camaraderie between employees when they’re all in the same building 40 or so hours a week.
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