What’s “Virtual” About Virtual Teams?

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Here’s what Google says when you ask it to define “virtual”:

vir·tu·al
/ˈvərCH(əw)əl/
adjective
almost or nearly as described, but not completely or according to strict definition.
“the virtual absence of border controls”
not physically existing as such but made by software to appear to do so.
“a virtual computer”
carried out, accessed, or stored by means of a computer, especially over a network.
“a virtual library”

Can we PLEASE stop calling them “virtual teams”?

The people who make up your “virtual” teams are just as REAL as the team members who are in the same room. Our “virtual” team members are not “nearly as described” or “not physically existing” or “stored by means of a computer.”

They’re HUMAN!

They have real, human problems & real, human emotions & real, human ideas!

We may use networks and software to facilitate our communications with them, but those are REAL HUMAN VOICES on the other side of your Google Hangout.

So, enough with “Virtual Teams.” Remote Teams seems much more accurate.

I’m open to other suggestions. :)

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