We are the Hamai Consulting team, comprising two long-time team members, Tamara Hamai, Ph.D., who founded the company in 2008, and Ibiaso Adajames (Project Manager), MBA, PMP, who first joined the team in 2014, and two new team members, Kadijah Williams, MA, and Zachariah Rabah, MA, MS, who joined the team as Organizational Development Assistants the same week that we wrote this article.
We spent our first week as a team discussing how we will work together. Creativity was central to our success.
We, Tamara and Ibiaso, redesigned the vacant positions and our hiring process to better fit into the whole organization, before starting recruitment. The job posting was a creative demonstration of our organizational values and culture. We, Kadijah and Zachariah, creatively shared who we are, our personalities, and our skills, through the application and interview process.
During orientation, we used several creative tools to quickly communicate about who we are and what we do as an organization:
- Our client avatar shares who we serve and how we serve them. This is a fictional person with detailed demographics, psychographics, pain points, needs, and desires.
- Analogies help to quickly communicate abstract concepts and complex ideas.
- Layouts and graphics, such as process flows to visualize client projects and diagrams of frameworks.
- Consistent and intentional use of color to grab attention and make connections.
Use creativity to rapidly and effectively communicate to reach shared understanding and vision.
We individually learned and collectively recognize that strategy and creativity go together. It takes intentionality and thought to be creative and to allow creative ideas to unfold into action. This also means having time to give space for creativity. The more you let an idea or concept marinate, the tastier it can become. In many work and team contexts, this marination time can be seen as lost time, but it is important and requires explicitly planning for and valuing that time.
Many creative methods of communicating require images, diagrams, graphics, or illustrations. The effectiveness of creative visuals is heavily influenced by the quality of the visuals’ designs. Just as we would discourage someone without the relevant experience and skills to develop a data collection instrument, we should do not have the relevant experience and skills to do graphic design and illustrations.
We work with a team of graphic designers and illustrations who bring that expertise to our work. Some cost-effective design resources include:
- Design Pickle
- Local graphic design and illustration freelancers from sites such as Topal, 99Designs, and Design Hill
- Software to create diagrams, such as Microsoft Visio or Lucid Chart
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