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Virtual Team - What is it and why is it important to your business? | discoveryourpowerteam.com
 

Virtual Team – What is a Virtual Team?

Virtual Team – what is it and why is it  important to your success as a business owner?  I am frequently asked this question, so while I often talk about how to hire and lead virtual teams; today I thought I’d take a step back to the basics and explore the definition of a virtual team.

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Let’s start by looking at the definition of a team.  Kazenbach and Smith in Wisdom of Teams described a team as being, “a small number of people with complementary skills who are committed to a common purpose, performance goals, and approach for which they hold themselves mutually accountable.”  While the concept of teams has been around pratically since the beginning of time, virtual teams are still fairly new.

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So, what is a virtual team? A virtual team is first and foremost a team (as per the above definition).  What makes them “virtual” is that the team members do not work physically together in the same location.  While they can work in the same city, most often, they are dispersed across different cities, countries, continents and time zones!  They interact primarily electronically using email and a variety of tools including teleconferencing. 

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As a business owner, you may hire a virtual assistant as an employee or on contract and have this individual work out of her home.  Given the technology available today, it it not unheard of to have your virtual assistant, bookkeeper, web designer, etc. located off site, in a different city or country.

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So, now that you know what a virtual team is, stop by later this week as I talk about why, as a business owner, virtual teams can be beneficial for you and your business!

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Right Time to Hire? Complementary Teleclass – Aug. 18 at 2 p.m. EDT – Reserve your seat today!

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If you are wondering if now is the right time to hire team members to help you in your business, you don’t want to miss my new complimentary Teleclass, Right Time to Hire”. It’s taking place Aug. 18 at 2 p.m. EDT, and you can access it from the comfort of you home or office.  Just make sure you sign up today.  space is limited, as I will be taking questions from attendees.  To register:  Reserve my seat at the Right Time to Hire Teleclass!

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To your empowerment and success,

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