The Inside Scoop

  • Operational Excellence: It’s How We Do It

    February 03, 2014

    Some years ago I had the privilege of attending an industry event that included CFOs from top-shelf advertising agencies. At the time, I had been in my current role for a short time. I was eagerly seeking nuggets of wisdom that I could apply to the day-to-day operation of the in-house agency for …

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  • Out of the Mouths of Members

    January 29, 2014

    • by IHAF Staff

    In previous posts this month, we’ve talked about the unique suite of benefits that IHAF provides. So we thought we’d do something different today—tapping our members for what they have to say about being part of our burgeoning community.

    “It's so important for people working internally to reach …

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  • Network, Share, Learn—Join IHAF.

    January 22, 2014

    • by Kate O'Callaghan, IHAF

    The best part of my job is helping to grow the IHAF community—which makes sense since my focus as IHAF’s Business Development Manager is to welcome new members into the fold. In the six short months since joining the team, I’ve had the opportunity to connect with members and hear firsthand about …

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  • Member Satisfaction Matters

    January 15, 2014

    • by IHAF Staff

    At the end of each year, we survey our members to find out what’s working and what more to consider to advance IHAF’s program and service offerings.

    Most recently, we received an overwhelming response to our year-end satisfaction surveys—so much so that we decided to share a few member responses …

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  • Welcome to the Neighborhood

    January 06, 2014

    Is it me, or did last year go by in a blur? If you put any stock in the adage, “Time flies when you’re having fun,” then 2013 was a party. Indeed IHAF had a banner year filled with new members, new opportunities, and increased awareness around the growth of the in-house model.

    One of the best …

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  • Is Your Approach to Leadership Instinctive or Deliberate?

    December 16, 2013

    As a manager, I never gave much conscious thought to the principles of leading. I simply dealt with daily issues as they arose without considering how to implement a particular approach to leadership. With my career in transition, I’ve been meeting with people to discuss new opportunities and I’ve …

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  • Leading Your Team to Greatness

    December 11, 2013

    Whether you lead the creative, account, production or entire internal agency team, helping your group be recognized, valued and positioned for success within your organization takes focused initiative. It takes more than just putting out good work to get your team in the limelight.

    To lead your …

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  • Meet a Member: Wade Franks

    December 09, 2013

    Wade Franks leads Torque Creative—the 62-person internal agency at TTI Group, an international company that designs, manufactures and markets power tools and household appliances for brands ranging from Ryobi and Craftsman to Hoover and Oreck. Torque Creative was recently honored as a finalist for 2 …

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  • Four Keys to Effective Leadership

    December 04, 2013

    Nothing serves an organization better…than leadership that knows what it wants, communicates those intentions, positions itself correctly, and empowers its workforce. —Warren Bennis, Author

    I came across this quote early in my study of leadership. In one form or another it has guided my work as a …

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  • Say Something Stupid

    December 02, 2013

    After 15 years of launching and leading companies in and around the creative space, I’ve learned a few things that are pretty unintuitive. For example, start-ups need less money, not more—they only go and spend it. And don’t rely on “experts”—they often only know how (or want) to do their one …

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