• Happy New Year from our Board Chairman

    January 03, 2017

    Happy new year and warm wishes from the IHAF Board, as we welcome 2017!

    If you’re like me, the new calendar has you thinking about what you might do better or differently in the year to come. Whether you want to shed a few pounds, swear a little less, or get to work earlier, making meaningful …

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  • The Physics of Change

    December 19, 2016

    You can learn a lot about change by observing nature. As physical beings, we behave in much the same way as the rest of the physical universe. Take the three laws of motion, for instance. Newton showed how an object at rest (in the case of this post, a person) tends to stay at rest unless put into …

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  • Happy New Year from our Board Chairman

    January 04, 2016

    It is hard to believe another year has passed. It seems like just yesterday I was sending a note to all of you introducing myself as the IHAF Board Chairman. This is the time of year for us to reflect on the past and look forward to opportunities in the year to come. At IHAF, it's no different. In …

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  • Lessons from Four Harmonious Friends

    August 10, 2015

    When we were younger, team building happened all the time—without us even realizing it. As children, we learned how to get along in the sandbox, to share and play nicely with other kids. I’m reminded of an old folktale: The Four Harmonious Friends—Bird plants a seed; Rabbit waters it; Monkey …

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  • Where Do You Go to Get Into the Zone?

    July 14, 2014

    I work from home. I used to work from a corporate office, but now I work from home most of the time and I have to tell you, I love it. I’m a hundred times more productive working from my home office than a traditional corporate setting. So as IHAF wraps its discussion on work environments this week, …

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  • Why You Need a War Room

    July 09, 2014

    War rooms, breakout rooms, pods, cafés—what do they all have in common? They are must-haves spaces for creative professionals to come up with new ideas. Without these areas, collaboration and brainstorming would be a bust. Here’s why your in-house agency needs designated space for idea generation. …

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  • Culture: The Ultimate Interior

    July 02, 2014

    • by IHAF Staff

    When we think of the stereotypical agency environment, images of Ping-Pong tables, lava lamps and overstuffed fluorescent chairs come to mind. Sure, outside agencies may have more freedom when it comes to furniture choices and paint colors, but that shouldn’t condemn in-house interiors to be …

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  • Creating Creative Spaces—One Wall at a Time

    June 30, 2014

       One of the smartest things an in-house agency can do is align itself with its facilities or building management group. Now I can’t say creative connections are what every facilities team is after, but it’s been my experience that we have a lot in common. In-house agencies and facilities groups …

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  • Space Matters

    June 23, 2014

    Corporate space design has evolved significantly over the past 15 years. Coveted corner offices are a thing of the past—replaced by open floor plans and low cubes. Where your employees sit and their personal space is a hot topic. When planning for space changes, you need to consider the different …

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