What is Culture? Season 3 – Episode #1: Third Look Back

We’re opening up season three with a compilation of the last ten episodes. Why? I guess there are three reasons: First, we were due for it. Every 10 episodes, I compile a compilation. That’s a thing now. Second, it’s an opportunity for reflection. Third, compilation episodes are perfect for new and long-time listeners alike.

If you remember in the last compilation, Second Look Back, I included commentary in between every clip for setup and for reference. I didn’t do that this time because this time around, I want you all to just listen and take in the words as they hit your ears.

Share Your Feedback: After you listen, answer this one question:

  • Which clip or clips stood out to you the most and why?

And then, share that with me via email or by leaving a message on the blog. Send me your takeaways from this week’s show, and I will read it on an upcoming episode!

Complete Episodes Compiled in this Week’s Show:

Season 2 – Episode #7: Constant Effort

Guest: Sam Araujo, Internal Communications Specialist | Parsippany
Sam Araujo discusses the origin of the podcast, some important ongoing projects and initiatives currently on her plate, the goals of the culture committees, and where she hopes to see our global culture progress in the next year. As you listen to the interview, pay attention to all the initiatives that Sam is either leading or contributing; it will make you wonder if she ever sleeps!

Listen to S2 Episode #7


Season 2 – Episode #8: Retrospective

Guest: Kevin Redmond, Product Manager | Memphis, TN
Kevin Redmond is a close follower of this podcast. In fact, he and his direct manager use every episode as a learning opportunity and discuss them together each week. Kevin is a wealth of knowledge, as he holds several certifications from the Project Management Institute and the Scrum Alliance. He’s also an adjunct professor at Union University, where he’s currently teaching Information Systems in the Workplace. In this week’s show, Kevin educates us a bit about retrospective meetings in the Agile & software development world, how they translate directly to any field, and how they can affect culture.

Listen to S2 Episode #8


Season 2 – Episode #9: Empathy

Guest: Dan DiVito, Director of Technology | Shelton, CT Public Schools
Dan is a very close follower of this podcast. In addition, he knows quite a bit about Tangoe, he works in the Technology field, and he’s even planning to launch his own podcast. Although outside of our organization, you’ll learn that he’s still within our sphere, and has a strong opinion on what behaviors can both negatively and positively affect workplace culture.

Listen to S2 Episode #9


Season 2 – Episode #10: CMO’s First Impressions

Guest: Jill Ransome, Chief Marketing Officer | Shelton, CT
This week’s episode, which features Tangoe’s new Chief Marketing Officer, Jill Ransome, is a follow-up to the podcast’s “television debut” that took place during Tangoe’s July 2019 Town Hall. In that live and very brief interview, Jill answered only three questions: What do you do for fun? Why did you decide to join Tangoe? And how does Marketing help contribute to or impact company culture? But we were just warming up, and she agreed to be a guest on a future show.

Listen to S2 Episode #10


Season 2 – Episode #11: Work-Life Balance

Guest: Caroline Couer, Project Director | Courbevoie, France
Caroline has been with Tangoe since 2017, though she’s been part of Anatole going back to 2006. In this informal conversation, Caroline discusses what it was like for her to be a part of two acquisitions—once in 2016 and again in 2017. You will also get to hear how the Tangoe offices in Europe are working more closely together every day, and how they’re integrating more and more with their colleagues in America. We even talk books, cuisine, and how to maintain a healthy work-life-balance.

Listen to S2 Episode #11


Season 2 – Episode #12: Employee Appreciation

Guests: The Indianapolis Culture Committee
This special episode features 14 Tangoe employees from our Indianapolis office and was recorded during Power Week (August 19-23), which was five consecutive days of activities & events that celebrate our four core values: integrity, excellence, selflessness, and courage. It was also a week chock-full of activities and events that exemplify employee appreciation. This episode also includes portions of Tangoe’s August Town Hall address (broadcasted via Instagram Live), which was delivered by Bob Irwin.

Listen to S2 Episode #12


Season 2 – Episode #13: Versatility

Guest: Tara Rodriguez, Senior Business Analyst | Parsippany, NJ/Remote
Learn from a seasoned professional who’s been in the TEM industry more than 20 years. In fact, she’s one of Tangoe’s most tenured employees and has worked in nearly every sector of the business; she’s also experienced several mergers and acquisitions. Currently a remote employee based in our Parsippany, NJ office, Tara’s a Senior Business Analyst with two chief responsibilities: First, overseeing ongoing implementation activities for General Electric (GE); and second: Developing ways to build automation into the implementations group, as well as throughout all of Tangoe, to help simplify our processes.

Listen to S2 Episode #13


Season 2 – Episode #14: Transplanted

Guest: Marina Deane, Tangoe’s Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist | Remote
In addition to promoting Tangoe as an employer of choice for professionals, Marina is a true advocate for our candidates, ensuring they all undergo a very positive learning experience, whether they acquire a position with us or not. What’s interesting about Marina’s journey with Tangoe is that she was born and raised in England and began her career with us nearly six years ago, shortly after the British company ttMobiles was acquired. In 2017, she and her husband Mike, moved from England to the United States and have been living in New Hampshire ever since. Fortunately for us, Marina retained her position with Tangoe.

Listen to S2 Episode #14


Season 2 – Episode #15: Collective

Guest: The Collections Team | Shelton, CT
Here’s a fun and candid conversation with five members of the Collections Team at Tangoe, who all work together from our Shelton, Connecticut office. We talk about their primary goals and responsibilities, their group dynamic, their perceptions of our culture, their thoughts about our leadership, as well as why the team recently decided to listen to this podcast together as a department.

Listen to S2 Episode #15


Season 2 – Episode #16: Part 1: Organizational Psychology

Guest: Dr. Christopher J. Budnick, Assistant Professor of Psychology | SCSU
Learn from Dr. Christopher J. Budnick, an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Southern Connecticut State University, who earned a Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Northern Illinois University. So, why did I choose to speak with experts in this field? There are many reasons, and some of the answers will be revealed in this episode, but essentially, I thought it would be interesting to shed light on this particular field—to even know that it exists—to learn more about the complexities of the workplace and to hear a professional’s thoughts on this podcast, our journey, and to offer advice and insight for me, for our listeners, and for Tangoe, as we work to discover our culture.

Listen to S2 Episode #16, P1


Season 2 – Episode #16: Part 2: Organizational Psychology

Guest: Dr. Mary Ignagni, Psychology Professor | Sacred Heart University
Part two of the season two finale of What is Culture? features Dr. Mary Ignagni, a Psychology Professor at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, and their Director of the Industrial-Organizational (I/O) Psychology program. In this episode, you will listen to Mary discuss the role of an I/O Psychologist, national culture versus organizational culture, dominant culture versus subcultures, as well as some challenges that Tangoe may face on our journey to rediscovering our culture.

Listen to S2 Episode #16, P2


About the Podcast

How does Tangoe—a global organization with over 2,000 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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