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Part II: Joining a Virtual Team > Focusing on Success

Chapter 7. Focusing on Success

We all want to be part of a successful team. A key component to achieving success lies in the ability of each team member to work with others to get results. Virtual teams are different from other teams and therefore require a unique set of organizational (and individual) competencies. An organization must form a virtual team with a charter, or mission, that provides an urgent need for members to work together. All teams function best with a challenging goal that requires members to work together—virtual teams depend upon it!

In addition, management must formally ensure that all members share in the accountability or responsibility for achieving the team objectives. Generally, virtual team roles are highly interdependent and members are only as successful as the team itself. They will need to work extra hard to overcome limited opportunities for face-to-face communication to build interpersonal trust and address the many challenges associated with long distances and time zones.


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