It was great being in San Francisco for the return of the Blue Angels as part of this year’s Fleet Week celebrations. With speeds up to 700 mph, precision teamwork is essential. Teamwork matters for the rest of us too. Here are my six favorite quotes about teamwork followed by a slideshow with images of the Blue Angels in San Francisco.
#1 – By Benjamin Franklin, one of the American Founding Fathers, at the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.
“We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.”
#2 – From Ken Blanchard’s 2000 book “High Five! The Magic of Working Together”
“None of us is as smart as all of us.”
#3 – By famed basketball coach Phil Jackson.
“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.”
#4 – An African proverb that has been repeatedly used by Al Gore in speeches on climate change.
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
#5 – By Halford Luccock who was a Methodist minister and professor at Yale.
“No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it.”
#6 – By John Maxwell from his 2002 book with the same name.
“Teamwork makes the dreamwork.”
Here’s a sampling of photos I took at the Saturday show.
The Blue Angels flight squadron consists of F/A-18 Hornets with support provided by “Fat Albert”, a Marine Corps C-130T Hercules.