A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from November 05, 2011
“Teamwork: The fuel that produces uncommon results in common people”

Popular motivational posters contain this saying:

“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishment toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.”

The teamwork saying has been cited in print since at least 1993. The saying is often credited to industrialist Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919), but there’s no evidence to support this claim.


The Quote Garden: Quotations about Teamwork
Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision.  The ability to direct individual accomplishment toward organizational objectives.  It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.  ~Andrew Carnegie

Best Motivational Posters
Teamwork Rowers—Motivational
Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishment toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.

Google Books
The Advocate
Volume 51
1993
Pg. 948:
“TEAMWORK”
“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishment toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.”

Google News Archive
17 September 1993, Fredericksburg (VA) Free Lance-Star, pg. D4, col. 3 ad:
Sydney’s Enchanting Little Lore
Once upon a time, in the land of Mabbitt,
there lived a bunny named Sydney Rabbitt.
Sydney’s message today is not just for adults ...
“Teamwork is the fuel that allows common people to obtain uncommon results”
(Century 21 Mabbitt & Associates—ed.)

Google News Archive
31 December 1993, Daily Times, “Choosing an Ohioan of the Year,” Ohio Week, pg. 4, col. 4:
(Terri—ed.) Swearingen will not claim credit all by herself. “I’m like the turtle on the fencepost. I didn’t get here alone,” she declares. “Teamwork is the fuel that allows common people to obtain uncommon results.”

24 July 1994, Chicago (IL) Daily Herald, classified ads pg. 10, col. 7:
T.E.A.M.W.O.R.K.
IS…
The ability to work together or toward a common goal to direct individual accomplishment toward organizational objective. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results. If you believe in TEAMWORK you will like the opportunity from TIRE AMERICA.

Google News Archive
9 October 1996, Ludington (MI) Daily News, pg. 26, col. 1 ad:
“TEAMWORK IS THE ABILITY TO WORK TOGETHER TOWARD A COMMON VISION. THE ABILITY TO DIRECT INDIVIDUAL ACCOMPLISHMENT TOWARD ORGANIZATIONAL OBJECTIVES. IT IS THE FUEL THAT ALLOWS COMMON PEOPLE TO ATTAIN UNCOMMON RESULTS.”
(Ad for the newspaper—ed.)

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Date: 1997/07/25
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Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishment toward organizational objectives.  It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.
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Teamwork is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.

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LongJim
Posted 17 June 2006 - 10:10 AM
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Unknown: “Teamwork: The fuel that produces uncommon results in common people.”

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10 Motivational Coaching Quotes
Posted on July 1, 2011 by Finley O’Neil
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9. Teamwork: The fuel that produces uncommon results in common people. ~ Unknown

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