Best 129 Quotes & Tweets on Team

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1

Work with people you want to become like, because you'll become like whoever you work with.

Paul Graham

Paul Graham

@paulg

2

The product is the résumé for the team.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

3

Modeling a behavior is 100x stronger than telling someone to act differently. Kids imitate the habits of their parents. Teammates match the competitive energy of one another. Employees learn to manage like their supervisor. Be the standard and others will raise their standards.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

4

The fastest way to become exceptional is to work with exceptional people. If you want to be a great engineer, work at a company with great engineers. Want to start a company? Work for an early-stage startup with extraordinary founders. Watch them work, and learn by osmosis.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

5

If you have a social media marketer who gets frustrated when they’re asked to post bad content, hold on to that person. They care. And they get it.

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

6

How to generate great ideas as a team: 1) Brainstorm privately. Any idea goes. Avoids groupthink. 2) Compile ideas, but hide the sources. Avoids "highest paid person" winning. 3) Discuss as a group to find the best answer. 4) Reveal the winner so the right person gets credit.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

7

Treat everyone you work with like a peer, and you’ll usually be surprised on the upside.

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

8

You can make someone a 20% better engineer but you can't make someone genuinely care about the product you're making. That's why I'd rather work with someone worse technically that wants the product they get to help build.

Suhail Doshi

Suhail Doshi

@Suhail

9

If you want to start a tech company and aren't a maker, find a brilliant technologist and become their API to the rest of the world.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

10

The danger of collaboration: The more people involved in a project the less any single person takes responsibility for the work.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

11

What you choose to work on, and who you choose to work with, are far more important than how hard you work.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

12

You can do big things with small teams, but you can't do small things with big teams. And small things are often all that’s necessary.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

13

Good teammates: (1) challenge your over optimism (2) don’t bicker about work style differences (3) prioritize getting work done (4) care about the goal over themselves (5) don’t want to waste time (6) kill their ego (7) debate to make a great product not to personally win

Suhail Doshi

Suhail Doshi

@Suhail

14

If someone's assessment of their own ability is wildly higher than their actual ability, aggressively avoid working with them.

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

15

The smarter you are the less likely you are to work well with consensus seeking groups.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

16

Options reveal themselves after starting. If you feel uncertain in the beginning—join the club. Nobody starts with all the answers. The path to the summit is not fully visible from base camp.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

17

The goal of an entrepreneur should be to do nothing but route opportunities to the right people on your team. Build a system and make yourself a human router 🚏 When I get stressed at work, it’s because I’ve failed to build a system and have tasks I can’t route to someone.

Andrew Wilkinson

Andrew Wilkinson

@awilkinson

18

The Icecream Principle: Tell 10 people to get ice cream. If they have to agree on a flavor, they'll pick chocolate or vanilla every time. Groups of people don't agree on what's cool or interesting. They agree on what's easy. "Consensus" is just another way of saying average.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

19

Choose your colleagues carefully; you will end up caring what they care about.

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

20

Great products are built by saying no 99% of the time. Great teams are built by saying no 99% of the time. Great portfolios are built by saying no 99% of the time.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

21

As a general rule, the optimal strategy is to treat people as friends and attempt to win together rather than to treat people as enemies and attempt to win on your own.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

22

If you don’t like the CEO you won’t like the company.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

23

Average teams solve C+ problems as a unit. Good teams can solve B+ problems. To solve A+ problems, however, you need individuals and not consensus. All organization face all of these types of problems. The good ones approach them differently.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

24

When you first start a company, you need Swiss Army Knife people who can do a little bit of everything. Once your company gets big, you need a bunch of kitchen knife people who do one thing very, very well.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

25

Great customer support will get you: - A cult following - A better product through customer feedback - A humbled team It might be more important than having a great product!

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

26

You can succeed by being a mediocre manager and a great leader, or a great manager and a mediocre leader. Try to figure out which you are and partner with someone with complimentary strengths. Best startup teams often have one of each.

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

27

Sometimes the cheapest option is to pay for someone else to do it.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

28

In sports, many great athletes spend their careers on the wrong team & their talents go to waste. I’ve seen the same thing happen to many of my most talented friends in tech. They pick the wrong teams & their skills are never seen by the world. You have to pick the right team.

Jeff Morris Jr.

Jeff Morris Jr.

@jmj

29

Junior product teams obsess over creating features. Senior product teams obsess over eliminating features.

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

30

Work with people that make arguing enjoyable.

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

31

Every time I’ve asked an employee if they want a certain perk or the equivalent in more money, they’ve said more money.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

32

Intelligence is interdependent. No single person can build a smartphone from scratch. Together we make them every day. The great multiplier of intelligence is cooperation. The collective brain of humanity vaults us to the top of the animal kingdom, not individual smarts.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

33

Your product is imperfect. Your team is imperfect. You are imperfect. That’s precisely why you keep building. There’s so much left to do and experience. It’s time to test yourself — to walk through the forest of impossibility. That’s entrepreneurship.

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

34

Book clubs are a cheat code. Every time I do one, I remember the book 5x better. It takes 20 hours to read a book, but only 2 extra hours to talk about it with friends. Better friendships. Faster learning.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

35

Chaos Monkey your organization. Get rid of all meetings, deadlines, and goals. Let everyone work on whatever they want. See what happens.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

36

If you do things the same way as everyone else, expect the same results as everyone else.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

37

It's a great time to implement: - No meetings - No deadlines - No goals - No "core" working hours - No expectations on response times

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

38

You can tell when a product is made by people who had fun making it.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

39

It took me a long time to realize: It's okay not to be best friends with your coworkers. A culture that penalizes someone if they only show up, get their work done, and leave, is a subpar culture.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

40

If you want to be a great leader, start by being a great teammate.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

41

The right teammates: give you energy, create natural social accountability, increase your optimism, enhance your focus, support your learning. The wrong teammates: create fear, reduce safety, fatigue, chastise your inexperience, micro-manage, demotivate. Find the right team.

Suhail Doshi

Suhail Doshi

@Suhail

42

You don't want a job where someone new can do it as effectively as you with 6 months of training.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

43

One signal of a great team: Any given team member can leave the company at any moment — and you’ll still be just as successful. If your team relies too much on one person, you need to build a better mentorship culture. Too many startups learn this lesson the hard way.

Jeff Morris Jr.

Jeff Morris Jr.

@jmj

44

Startups that can operate will small teams have a huge advantage. Extreme case of this is not needing anyone but the founders.

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

45

Groups can’t admit to their members that they were wrong. That’s why when they lose in public, they fall back to conspiracy theories.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

46

We claim to value individuality but we crush people who actually think for themselves

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

47

Mediocre managers treat you like a report. Good managers treat you like a teammate. Amazing managers treat you like a partner. Find the last one.

Jeff Morris Jr.

Jeff Morris Jr.

@jmj

48

If you lead a social media team: Create a safe place where your team can openly discuss how to improve the content that’s working, how to kill the content that’s not working, and how you can remove any obstacles preventing your team from producing the best content possible.

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

49

The best companies are built by the best teams.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

50

If you have a burnt out employee that has stuck with you for a while that you value, try this: Give them a paid trip to anywhere in the world for as many weeks as they need to recover. If they come back & stay, great! If they leave, you're both better off. Don't retain a zombie.

Suhail Doshi

Suhail Doshi

@Suhail