Teams, and work groups working together as a team, will continue to be critical to business success. The global nature of business today demands that people work well with others who are often far away and from different cultures. This adds a new dimension for many managers and leaders as well as for many team members.

Teams need to be able to connect with each other quickly as teammates determine what needs to be done, identify obstacles and overcome them, and meet deadlines and goals. Positive collaboration becomes an important part of the team's work.

Coming from a background in sales and having experience with several Fortune 500 companies, I have worked on some truly remarkable teams. My favorite were teams in which people ...

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