Lessons From Great Coaches

Every couple of weeks we will focus on Lessons from Great Coaches.  This 1st installment we look at Vince Lombardi and his quotes on Teamwork.


Vince Lombardi was a renowned football coach who led the Green Bay Packers to five NFL championships and two Super Bowl championships over a nine year period. Before Lombardi took over the coaching position, the Packers were a losing team, so he gained fame as a talented motivator.

Lombardi was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1913. He went on to study at Fordham University and played college football while there. After college, Lombardi coached high school and college football, until 1954 when he became a coach for the New York Giants.

When Lombardi took over as the coach for the Green Bay Packers in 1959, the team was not winning. Lombardi pushed them to work hard and persevere, and his tactics eventually paid off with their many victories. Lombardi passed away in 1970, but his dedication and his work ethic continues to define the sport of football. In 1971, the Super Bowl trophy was named in his honor.

Here are three quotes from Lombardi on TEAMWORK:

-“The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.”

-“People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.”

-“Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”

Here are some questions to ask yourself.  Am I a valuable part of my team?  Is my effort, my attitude and my overall work ethic a positive impact on the team?  Can I increase my commitment?