In the aftermath of World War II, Japan must rebuild its economy. Certain products become vital exports in the revitalization effort, including the wristwatch. Seiko leaps to the forefront of the recovery, but there's a problem: their watches aren't good. The company decides to bring R&D in-house to take advantage of constructive competition between its factories, and winds up going from industry failure to time-honored player on the world stage. See episode page
In season two of Teamistry, we go beyond the heroics of a single team and expand our focus to the power of multiple teams working together.
Host Gabriela Cowperthwaite examines how groups of teams – with different sets of skills, experiences, and even personalities – embrace uncertainty, innovate, and tackle massive challenges.
Like the story of Japanese watchmaker Seiko, and how the company brought R&D in-house to take advantage of constructive competition between its factories, ultimately leapfrogging the mighty Swiss. And how the "Trinity" – Iceland’s chief epidemiologist, the Director of Health, and the superintendent of police – worked together to contain the spread of COVID-19 when it threatened to become an outbreak.
About the host
Teamistry is hosted by award-winning film director Gabriela Cowperthwaite. Her films, including the documentary "Blackfish," deal with social, cultural, and environmental issues relating to real life events, and through her work she is intimately familiar with the power and importance of teamwork.