When the pandemic halted film and TV productions in early 2020, Westbrook Media, the fledgling production company of actor Will Smith, didn't fold. They changed the game. Seeing an opportunity for a new kind of project, and using new ways of working, they pivoted to produce a hit variety show for Snapchat ... in Will Smith's garage.
In season three of Teamistry, we witness stories of extraordinary teamwork that have inspired change and upended legacies – within organizations and across industries.
This season, host Gabriela Cowperthwaite spotlights teams that not only achieve the impossible, but also inspire change across the board. These are stories of leadership and courage that mark a turning point in how organizations – and even whole industries – are transformed for the better. Follow along as a team of trailblazers brings IBM on to the web; a group of innovators at Hot Wheels fuses a physical car with a virtual platform; a community of digital stewards in Detroit connecting underserved homes to the internet. And much more. Starting June 7th, a new episode drops every two weeks.
By 2001, abysmal employee morale and unsafe working conditions had soured the reputation of the Campbell Soup Company. The century-old colossus, whose iconic cans appear in 90% of American households, had the lowest employee engagement of any Fortune 500 company. Enter a new CEO who forms a truly engaged leadership team and turns the toxic workplace around – in just three years.
Across the globe, many communities remain offline. In the U.S., digital redlining has kept certain communities isolated even more. At a time when equal access to the internet should be considered a basic human right, a team of "digital stewards" in Detroit is working to connect families, one home and one neighborhood at a time.
Can you fix a toy that isn't broken? That's what a team at Mattel Inc. set out to do with Hot Wheels™. But the digital update they introduced to future-proof the best-selling toy on the planet bombed. The risky decision, however, benefitted the venerable company – just not the way they expected.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) promised to transform cricket in India until a series of scandals rocked the league – and threatened the integrity of the sport itself. But a leadership team unites to save the IPL and winds up navigating it through an even bigger crisis: the pandemic.
During the 1994 Winter Olympics, an employee of IBM, that held exclusive rights to the telecast, went looking for the results on the brand-new World Wide Web. But he didn't find them on IBM's website – they didn't have one. He found them on a rival company's website. This is the story of the forward-thinking team that convinced decision-makers to wake up to the Internet, which influenced a tectonic shift in everything about IBM as an organization.
Teamistry is an original podcast from Atlassian about the chemistry of teams, proving that when people work together they can achieve more than they ever thought possible.
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.