Frequently Asked Questions
What makes Open Ki Solutions different from other consulting companies?
Open Ki Solutions is different in the following ways:
- Open Ki Solutions uses proprietary products and processes based on principles found in natural law.
- Open Ki Solutions uses experiential learning principles in working with individuals and teams who are part of an organization in transition or crisis.
- Open Ki Solutions work includes a practice model component, resulting in lasting, self-reinforcement of learned principles and practices.
Why does my company need a consultant?
It might not. Open Ki Solutions works primarily with companies in crisis or transition, companies that have acknowledged that fact, and have made an internal commitment to do something to support organizational health and change. In the majority of companies in crisis or transition, it takes someone from outside of the internal systems to provide perspective and guidance and to inspire effective change in those systems.
What does Open Ki Solutions know about my market?
Open Ki Solutions works on an organizational and human resource management level, harnessing the power and knowledge of the companies' resident experts. Open Ki Solutions consulting and training products have virtually unlimited application across all industries. The common element in all markets is relationships, both internal and external. The Open Ki Management system provides a clear, simple framework for effective management of relationships — management of the self, management of the team, and management of the system.
What experience does Open Ki Solutions have in connection with management consulting? What successes?
Open Ki Solutions has worked with client companies of all sizes across a wide variety of industries, including the non-profit sector. Open Ki Solutions work addresses the human factor of organizational development—how to leverage relationships for the benefit of the company, and everyone involved both internally and externally. Open Ki Solutions has helped clients achieve success goals that are very different from one client company to the other, such as breaking into a new product area, restructuring operations, increasing revenues, or cultivating innovative leadership. Success ultimately comes when the organizational culture has embodied new values and practices which embrace principles found in nature: self-regulation, harmony, symbiosis, and growth through challenge.
Why are your training and consulting products and services based on Aikido?
Aikido as a martial art offers both visual and visceral analogies to both personal and interpersonal challenge and conflict by use of modified physical attack scenarios. By seeing and feeling the work, participants connect with it on a much deeper level which allows them to discover alternatives to rote ways of acting and reacting during professional performance, innovate new solutions for their team, and retain this new orientation for a longer period of time. Open Ki Solutions products and services are based on Aikido in order to provide a clear, tangible context in which individuals and teams can learn about themselves and others, and develop professional and personal practices which support the mutual goals of the company, coworkers, and themselves.
How can I be sure Open Ki Solutions can actually solve my company's problems?
Most consulting services rely solely on analytical work and assumptions based on concepts about your business, your employees, and where you should be going to achieve success. While these canned approaches sometimes work despite their "hit or miss" features, often times, they don't. Open Ki Solutions services are experientially oriented and designed to tap into the real content that is at play in your company's culture. Open Ki Solutions brings to light and addresses the real issues that keep your teams from performing optimally, and ultimately identifies the optimal path to success—a path, which actually already exists and is only waiting to be discovered. Open Ki Solutions provides the catalyst for change necessary to embody a lasting success that benefits the whole as well as the parts.
How do I know I'll get results if I hire Open Ki Solutions? How quickly will we see results?
No one knows with certainty what the future will ultimately bring, but placing your bets on a theoretical system, which may or may not fit your organization's needs is a bet with low odds to win. This is why Open Ki Solutions customizes its products and services to fit your organization's needs, and results are often realized, incrementally, within the first applications of the Open Ki Solutions Open Ki model.
Is training enough or do we need consulting and executive coaching as well?
Brief training programs tend to get employees excited and inspired, however inspiration is relatively short-lived. Consulting, training, and coaching provide the platform for thorough integration of interpersonally and spiritually informed management systems, which are the backbone of Open Ki Solutions products and services. Only a comprehensive program can affect the type of change necessary for significant and lasting organizational health and success.
What percentage of the time do you present conceptual information as compared with time spent on dynamic and interactive activities?
Most consulting programs rely almost solely on conceptual information to try to convince company employees to buy into the current "management trend du jour". Open Ki Solutions programs and services are dynamic and highly experiential, focusing on real time content derived from your company's culture and mythology. Utilizing this real time content provides an extremely in-depth focus on those factors and issues that are impacting the individuals systems and organization as a whole.
Traditional Consulting & Training Open Ki Solutions Consulting & Training Percentage of Dynamic Experiential Content 8% 45%
How do you measure the success of your work with clients?
We consider a client successful if ALL of the following conditions have been met:
- The original goals of the consulting project have been fully achieved.
- The company's culture has been shifted to reflect mutually supportive and symbiotic features.
- The company is experiencing results, which surpass the original goals of the consulting project.
- Management and line level employees are excited to come to work each day in order to discover and create future solutions and innovations to address future challenges.
Is this a long-term investment? If so, won't that be expensive? What will I get for my money?
Open Ki Solutions offers three levels of engagement so that you can choose the level of investment and commitment that suits your needs and your budget.
Open Ki Solutions work is generally more thorough, and thus has a higher direct cost factor. However, when factoring in the cost of sagging revenues, high employee turnover, and higher legal and other unbudgeted costs, Open Ki products are extremely cost effective. Your company's achievable revenue goals far exceed the cost of a unique, essential consulting program needed to achieve those revenue goals.
What type of follow up does Open Ki Solutions offer?
Open Ki Solutions offers three levels of engagement. Level One is introductory in nature. Level Two offers a deep immersion in the Open Ki Solutions practice model, which is supported with follow up coaching sessions and training boosters. At Level Three, key management personnel are trained to implement the Open Ki model, which insures that your teams have constant reinforcement of learned principles and practices.