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Part II: Joining a Virtual Team > Key Ingredient 1 Urgent Need to Work Together

Chapter 10. Key Ingredient 1 Urgent Need to Work Together

Individuals become a team when they share a common goal and depend on one another to achieve that goal. Many collections of people at work do not function as a team, nor do they need to. If you look at a sports team for example, every game has a goal—to win the game—and each player has a compelling reason to play—to help the team win. Imagine a collection of players randomly throwing passes and occasionally running with the ball. This sounds more like a warm-up than the game itself. For teams to be successful at work, they, too, must want to win. In the absence of frequent face-to-face interactions, the urgent need to work together is the glue that enables a virtual team to stick together.

An urgent need to work together will likely include:

A realistic yet challenging deadline that requires significant contributions from all members

Important outcomes or results that will further the advancement of the organization’s purpose, people, or profit

Problem-solving, innovation, and decision-making based on the expertise and experience of a diverse team membership

A motivating reason or need that will call up extra energy and attention to move forward quickly



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