What is Culture? Season 2 – Episode #9: Empathy

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In celebration of Friendship Day, this week’s episode of the podcast What is Culture? features my best friend, Dan DiVito, Director of Technology at Shelton, Connecticut public schools, who works in a building less than five minutes from Tangoe’s Shelton office.

Remember – the goal of this podcast is to discover Tangoe’s culture. What it means. What has shaped it. And what we are doing collectively as an organization to make Tangoe a place where all of its employees can be proud to work for. In season two, we moved beyond interviewing Tangoe employees to include our vendors and our clients. This week, we’ve taken it a step further.

Dan DiVito, Director of Technology at Shelton, Connecticut Public SchoolsYou may be wondering: What does Rocco’s best friend have to do with culture? With Tangoe? With this podcast? Well, I’m glad you asked; I’ve thought about this quite a bit…

As my best friend, I really leaned on Dan during the weeks leading up to the launch of this podcast. (What are friends for?) In fact, I still lean on him today. He was and is a springboard, a coach, and a counselor.

Dan is absolutely connected to the culture at Tangoe. How? Why? Because he has a direct impact on me as a person, and an indirect impact on my behaviors at the office and my interactions with my colleagues. Dan, half-jokingly, calls it “the six degrees of culture separation.”

Beyond his influences on me, Dan’s a close follower of this podcast, which I honestly didn’t realize. In addition, he knows quite a bit about Tangoe, he works in Technology, and he’s even planning to launch his own podcast, which is aimed at tech professionals who work in education. Although outside of our organization, this interview highlights how and why he’s still within our sphere.

In this special episode, Dan discusses how he’s been influenced by this podcast, the importance of empathy, and how every small interaction—if not handled properly—can create a butterfly effect, which will negatively impact the culture of any workplace.

Let’s all learn from him.

About the Podcast

How does Tangoe—a global organization with over 2,200 employees in 11 countries, who has acquired several organizations throughout its nearly 20-year history—maintain, nurture, or alter its collective company culture? Can it be done? Before answering that, an organization must first discover its culture as it currently exists—without judgement. And that’s precisely what this podcast aims to do. Join us as we rediscover Tangoe’s culture through a series of candid interviews with employees, industry analysts, clients, and more. Learn more about the podcast What is Culture?

If you would like to be a guest on the podcast, please send me an email at Rocco.Lungariello@tangoe.com. And remember: This podcast is available for download on both Apple & Android devices. Look for it today on your favorite podcast app!

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