◦ Interim Executive

“To lead people, walk beside them … As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence. The next best, the people honor and praise. The next, the people fear; and the next, the people hate … When the best leader’s work is done the people say, ‘We did it ourselves!”

— Lao-Tzu

NEW Coaching and Mentoring Services

Principia now provides coaching and mentoring services to help your key executives

  • Understand their strengths and weaknesses,
  • Achieve critical developmental objectives,
  • Unlock the potential to resolve interpersonal conflicts (including unconscious bias),
  • Build high performing teams to successfully meet mission-critical objectives

Interim Executive Assignments

If your company is dealing with the sudden loss of a key executive* or needs additional resources to expand into new business areas, here’s something to think about. While you may need help to assure mainstream business continuity in the short term you may not need a permanent hire immediately. Outsourcing a key executive position on an interim basis through Principia may be the better solution.

At its core, the concept isn’t new@. No doubt you already outsource many services on which you depend; lawyers, accountants, designers as well as commercial air, rail and ground transport when needed; and you pay only for what you use.

Principia interim executive services allow you to bring on an experienced leader now who can get to know the culture, politics, and real barriers the business faces while becoming part of the leadership team for three, six, or even twelve months to:

  •      Advance strategic initiatives that assure your organization stays on track
  •      Assist senior leadership teams interview and select a permanent replacement
  •      Diagnose and implement important but sometimes unpopular internal changes

In particular, Principia CEO Keith Cooley is the perfect choice for interim executive leadership assignments in a wide range of circumstances. He has requisite experience across corporate, NGO and governmental entities in an array of capabilities that speak to his qualifications.

Bottom line is Principia:

  • Quickly grasps the critical elements of each new assignment and, with senior leadership approval, takes steps to minimize risk and optimize success
  • Provides proven, “on-demand leadership” based on more than 35 years of management experience with what works & what doesn’t – to deliver results
  • Understands the threat presented by a leadership gap and can bring critical focus to key stakeholders, systems and costs to assure business continuity.

What clients say:

“One of Principia’s great strengths is its ability to get to the crux of a problem in a logical clearly defined manner. I think of the time they helped me prepare for an unplanned visit from a health accreditation and certification agency.

Principia identified the priorities, the teams to be formed and the work process and activities that needed to take place prior to the visit. Their quick assessment and guidance helped us ultimately succeed in renewing our accreditation.”
Amanda Caballero-Holmes, Former Executive Director,  Latino Family Services

*C level, VP, Cabinet Member, Executive Director;
@ Art Saxby:http://pascohernando.score.org/resources/eaas-executive-service-outsourcing-c-suite




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What to Do When Your Small Business Closes … A guest post

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What to Do When Your Small Business Closes

By Carla Lopez

If your small business has recently closed its doors, you are not alone. In fact, Coresight Research CEO and Founder Deborah Weinswig has predicted that 15,000 or more retailers will have closed their doors by the end of the year. However, retail is not the only industry that’s fallen on hard times. Particularly due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, a wide variety of industries are struggling because consumers are simply not going out and purchasing goods or services.

Whether it’s due to the outbreak or because of another reason, now that your business is closed, the question is: What do you do? From embracing the failure to making ends meet to dreaming up your next venture, here are some tips to guide you along the way as you keep moving forward.

Come to Terms with Your Circumstances

Possibly the hardest part of experiencing a business closure is accepting that it’s over. However, it’s important not only to accept that your business is closing but also to embrace it. Remember that just because your business failed doesn’t mean that you are a failure. Many, if not most, of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs failed time and time again before realizing success. But the only way to move on is to embrace the moment and assess why your business failed so that you can know what changes to make next time.

Keep Working

Another hard but necessary step to take after your business closes is to find other ways to bring in some income. The reason it’s difficult is because you might have to do something outside of your perceived career path just so that you can make ends meet. This can feel like you’re taking a step back. However, it’s important to look at the situation in two ways:

  1. At most, this is temporary, and being able to pay your bills as you prepare for your next business venture is a good thing.
  2. There’s a chance that you could find a new occupation that you end up enjoying and thriving in. Then, you could either keep working as an employee for a while or turn it into a business.

One of the best methods for finding work after your business is closed is to join an online job board like Upwork. Employers from all over the world use such sites to hire freelancers for a wide variety of tasks and projects. This could bring about an opportunity for you to not only make some money but also regain your professional footing and possibly find an industry that you love.

Start Thinking of Your Next Venture

Successful entrepreneurs are constantly thinking about the next thing. Even when their company is successful, they are mulling over ways to improve and evolve in every aspect of their operations. The same goes for when your business fails. You must always be thinking of what your next venture could be and how you can get the ball rolling.

Take Care of Yourself

Last but not least: Practice self-care. Fostering your overall health and well-being is essential to living a fulfilling life, and that includes starting and running your next business. Be sure to practice basic hygiene each day, maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine, and get plenty of rest. Also, look for ways that you can relax, such as spending time with loved ones, taking on a hobby, reading a book, and so on.

Summing It All Up

Experiencing a closure of your business can be devastating, and it can feel impossible to bounce back from. But if you respond with the right approach, you can turn it into an opportunity for something better. Remember to accept your business failure, find a way to make ends meet while you’re in transition, keep thinking about your next venture, and practice self-care each day. Through it all, keep in mind that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Carla Lopez retired a couple of years ago, but she didn’t lose her entrepreneurial spirit. She created Boomer Biz for retirees like herself who still have a desire to work and achieve. The site is a resource for people in their golden years who want to start their own business or go back to work doing what they love. 
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