There Are Two Types of Team Shows: Which One Are You?
by Tracy Johnson
There are two types of team shows. One is destined to succeed. The other to fail. I work with some in both categories.
The two types of team shows are:
Those who work together, the whole being greater than the individual parts.
A show in which two (or more) people are on the air at the same time.
When a personality becomes part of a show, everything changes. You no longer control your own destiny. There’s a co-dependency that must be accepted, respected and embraced. And that requires a For The Show mentality.
Two Types of Team Shows: Only One Wins
Shows that adopt a For The Show mentality do what it takes to build a winning brand. These shows succeed, thrive and are hard to beat. They understand the value of teamwork. They realize that they can’t possibly succeed if their partners fail.
Individual agendas are put aside in the interest of the team’s success. That’s a hard thing for many personalities. Sometimes it requires they play a slightly different role.
Jonny, Holly & Nira (with producer Amy) came together to form a new show at Virgin Radio/Vancouver, Jonny and Holly were both solo air personalities. Each had their own audience, and were accustomed to driving their own show. Holly’s role changed, which was hard but necessary. And she became one of the sharpest, funniest partners on the air in North America.
It worked because the show accepted a Show First attitude. Nothing could stop them.
Sadly, many shows have a hard time truly embracing FTS.
Another show I work with is composed of two highly talented, charismatic personalities. They are unique personalities with a common base. They’re a terrific match and have the potential to be special. But I don’t think it’s going to happen.
Before being paired, both were doing a solo show. Just like Holly & Nira. Yet months after the show debuted, it still feels like they are doing separate shows at the same time. There are good moments, but it doesn’t gather momentum. The For The Show mentality isn’t there. It has nothing to do with talent and everything to do with their attitude.
Shows with individual agendas are destined for failure. They fall apart because they don’t trust one another or their egos block their success path. Some may have initial success, building on the excitement of something new to carry them. But ego creeps in and individuals put themselves ahead of the team. Soon trust is violated. Their own agendas are put in front of what’s truly good for the show. Unless that’s repaired, they’ll never reach their potential.
Co-Dependency is a Good Thing
Great shows understand they need one another. They accept the role they play to make the show work and they stay in that role. And I’d rather coach this kind of show with average talent than great personalities working their own agenda.
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