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Our show expands, in depth, the philosophies in our book series, The I in Team Series. We discuss finding one’s own influence, using that influence in their life with their various teams, and building teams around them that enhance and positively increase influence. We hope to show you that you are important to the teams you influence and that by understanding your unique influence you will be able to positively contribute to the world around you. Your influence is the single greatest responsibility you have. We cover looking at our foundations, understanding our shortcomings, being a team member, and leading with influence. We accomplish this goal by first laying a foundation for our philosophy and then building on that through interactions with guests that reinforce the lessons we wish to teach others.

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11/01/2019 Be Your Influence – Sneak Peek at Be the “I” in Team

Synopsis: Mary discusses justification, being humble, balance, and happiness; these topics are covered in the second book of The I in Team Series, Be the “I” in Team.

Key Takeaways:
• Show your team you are willing to take accountability by being humble
• Find balance to have a better influence
• Allow happiness to remain an emotion to avoid it as a pitfall

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10/25/2019 Build Your Influence

Synopsis: Brian and Mary tour Groundbreak, Procore’s yearly conference. They discuss the conference, Procore, and the future of technology better connecting consumers.

Key Takeaways:
• Procore is changing the way blue collar industries communicate with clients
• Procore listens to challenges users have through their Innovation Lab
• Procore aims to have a positive influence by empowering and supporting employees

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10/18/2020 Know Your Influence – Teinnova

Synopsis: Brian interviews Armando and Maria at Teinnova in Logroño, Spain.

Key Takeaways:
• Teinnova is working on a way to clean the inside of wine barrels
• Changing the kitchen exhaust cleaning industry’s mentality in the USA has been a hurdle for Teinnova and Omni Containment Systems
• Teinnova is a green company; they have solar panels on their headquarters’ roof

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10/11/2019 What is a business consultant?

Synopsis: Brian and Mary discuss the nuances of business consultants, the types of business consulting IA Business Advisors offer, and when you might need one.

Key Takeaways:
• Not all business consultants do the same thing, they each have a specialty or multiple specialties
• Two of the costliest things you can do is jump to conclusions or make assumptions
• Business consultants are great to have whenever you have a doubt or question regarding your organization

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10/04/2019 Using Positive Influence for Constructive Criticism

Synopsis: Brian and Mary discuss the difference between criticism and constructive criticism, as well as how to give and receive constructive criticism.

Key Takeaways:
• When delivering constructive criticism be sure to listen as much as you talk and ensure the other party understands what you are saying from your perspective
• The best influence you have when taking action is good and honest communication
• Be positive and have a plan to help the person receiving constructive criticism

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09/27/2019 Positive & Negative Team Influence

Synopsis: Brian and Mary discuss the traits of positive and negative team members and how those team members affect company culture.

Key Takeaways:
• The foundation of being a good team member is good communication and cooperation
• Stay open minded and flexible when starting a new relationship
• Good team members will help keep others accountable

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09/13/2019 Manage Your Influence
Synopsis: Brian and Mary discuss how to manage the fine line between personal and professional relationships through care, thought, and planning.

Key Takeaways:
• There is a kind way to tell those you care about that they aren’t performing well
• Setting expectations is part of building relationships
• Don’t let past negative relationships influence new relationships negatively

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09/06/2019 Influence in Autopilot – From the Vault

Synopsis: With another episode from the vault, Brian and Mary discuss how being in subconscious mode (or autopilot) can lead to mistakes and disrupt workflow.

Key Takeaways:
• Subconscious mode (autopilot) can take us away from the present moment
• There is a time and place to be in autopilot, it’s not at work
• Mistakes are made in autopilot

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08/30/2019 Slow Down Your Influence – From the Vault

Synopsis: With another episode from the vault, Brian and Mary discuss the importance of slowing down, staying in the moment, and maintaining situational awareness.

Key Takeaways:
• Slow down to realize your full, positive influence
• Slowing down can actually help you achieve more
• We are individual, alone, and Individual, together

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08/23/2019 Balance Your Influence

Synopsis: Brian and Mary discuss creating and maintaining balance in your organization and in your life.

Key Takeaways:
• Staying balanced as a leader is important because your team looks up to you
• Keeping your internal and external business balanced is imperative to success
• Change can create imbalance until the change has been fully implemented

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08/16/2019 Customize Your Influence – Personal Growth

Synopsis: Mary discusses how to have positive personal growth when faced with opportunity, crisis, differing opinions/perspectives, and difficult environments.

Key Takeaways:
• Try to learn from those who don’t have the same opinions as you
• Personal growth comes from understanding our own life experience and being open to understanding others
• Hard and negative experiences help us push our boundaries to grow into better humans

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08/09/2019 Practice Your Influence – Consistency

Synopsis: Leonard Rice, special guest and close friend, joins Brian and Mary to discuss what it means to be consistent and how we can achieve consistency.

Key Takeaways:
• The only thing consistent in your life is inconsistency
• A person can have six different reactions to one experience depending on their perception of the experience at that time
• Setting expectations is important in remaining consistent

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08/02/2019 Know Your Influence – First Impressions

Synopsis: Brian and Mary discuss what influences our first impressions of others and how we can have a positive first impression on others.

Key Takeaways:
• Image and attitude are the foundation of first impressions
• Have an open heart, mind, and employ empathy when dealing with first impressions
• Fix a bad first impression with honest, open communication

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07/26/2019 Know Your Influence – First Impression of Next Week’s Show

Synopsis: A short episode, Brian and Mary begin the discussion of first impressions and being consistent. Both of these topics are discussed in more detail in later episodes.

Key Takeaways:
• Learn more about first impressions in our full episode from 08/02/2019
• Learn more about consistency in our full episode from 08/09/2019

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07/19/2019 Know Your Influence – From the Vault

Synopsis: Brian and Mary revisit some of their earlier recordings before The I in Team Podcast was formed to discuss slowing down, thinking forward, environmental urgency, and immediate gratification.

Key Takeaways:
• The introduction of technology into our lives has made us require immediate gratification
• Prepare your environments for your day to promote focus and success
• Slow down to maintain control over your tank of willpower

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07/12/2019 Know Your Influence – Elevate Your Influence

Synopsis: Norm Hays, founder and president of Elevated Construction, joins Brian and Mary to discuss the company’s influential presence in the commercial building industry.

Key Takeaways:
• Lead by example, work hard, and be passionate about what you do
• Employees need to feel special, important, and valued so they can bring their best to the clients
• People come first; people are the foundation of any business

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07/05/2019 Know Your Influence – Mid-week Holiday Challenges

Synopsis: A common challenge for businesses today is mid-week holidays (holidays between Tuesday & Thursday). Brian discusses the impact these holidays have on companies and companies’ culture.

Key Takeaways:
• There is a crash in momentum and productivity when there is a mid-week holiday
• Planning ahead for mid-week holidays can help curb some of the negative effects
• Set the expectation for your clients by notifying them about shutting down for a mid-week holiday

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06/28/2019 Find Your Influence – Time Management

Synopsis: Brian and Mary discuss time as a tangible asset and liability, giving tools and advice on how to have great time management in your life.

Key Takeaways:
• You need to understand the environments you’re working in and the distractions that face you day-to-day to better manage your time
• As a leader, help your team develop their own, personal method for time management
• Keep an organized schedule so you can look at your week and know what is coming up

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06/21/2019 Know Your Influence – Community Event Influence The Arts

Synopsis: Brian and Mary interview local artists and food vendors at Art on the Fox. Art on the Fox is produced by the Village of Algonquin and the Algonquin Public Arts Commission.

Key Takeaways:
• Pulp Painting is paint made from plant fibers that are gently positioned to create a piece of art as its own piece of paper, rather than painting onto a canvas
• Photography can turn ordinary, everyday objects into something magical
• A burl is unregulated growth on a tree that makes beautiful swirly patterns in the wood’s growth

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06/14/2019 Know Your Influence – The Customer Experience

Synopsis: David Avrin, author of five books, joins Brian and Mary for a discussion on the customer experience and how that is different from customer service.

Key Takeaways:
• Millennials are trying to break into the work force by creating solutions to needs that are already met
• Companies are adjusting to meet their customers’ changing needs
• Emotions play a factor in your decision-making skills

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06/07/2019 Spa Influence with Tammy Coakley

Synopsis:Tammy Coakley is a local business owner and founder. Her Aveda Salon, Spa Bleu, has been recognized as a Top 200 Salon by Salon Today.

Key Takeaways:
• The power of touch can make a big difference and help others to relax and open up
• Tammy learned the important lesson of slowing down from jumping into multiple business to quickly
• Each person learns differently, and that is why it is important to coach everyone individually as well as in a group

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05/31/2019 – Find the “I” in Team – Discovering Your Influence

Synopsis: As the first episode of The I in Team Podcast, Brian and Mary share their definition of the word “individual.” This episode sets the stage for future podcasts.

Key Takeaways:
• Individual Advantages means that each person’s unique strengths can help a team be better
• Context drives perception and perception drives everyone
• Influence and prosperity are uniquely measured by each individual person

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