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“The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it is the same problem you had last year.”

— John Foster Dulles


Principia delivers workable solutions that address senior leadership’s most perplexing problems, build competitive advantage and enhance operational performance.… in particular providing seasoned advice for seasoned executives on:

  • Taking risk in an “information starved” environment
  • Making “tough calls” when circumstances demand
  • “Moving on” from approaches that just don’t work
  • Confidently initiating, redirecting and managing large scale change

Areas of Focus include 3 of the biggest problems organizations face:

       Leadership Alignment        Leadership Performance          Leadership Succession

“When we were struggling with the power structure at work and not getting the support we needed to get the job done, Keith set about aligning the requisite forces to … take charge of the situation.” Julian E. Pate III, Director, Education, Focus: HOPE

Deliverables: Increased capacity to confront & solve troubling corporate problems

  • A transfer of learning esp. root causes as well as “what’s working and what’s not”
  • Solutions having the best probability of success with expected outcomes
  • Recommended path(s) forward with associated implications
  • Working with leadership to implement the solution

“One of Keith’s strengths is the ability to realistically assess a situation and find a pathway through it that acknowledges the “brutal facts” but engages the team in finding a solution.” John Cleveland, President, Innovation Network for Communities

Approach: Principia’s value lies in

  • Discreet interaction(s) with key stakeholders
  • Identifying critical points of leverage
  • Recommending solutions that work and working with leaders to implement

“I love Keith’s ability to work through difficult issues objectively and positively. Keith had to overcome significant resistance without harming the organization – which he did!”          Beth Ardisana, Board Member, Focus: HOPE

“Keith is one of the most talented executives I have ever met. He is able to help senior executives to improve their management styles, negotiate complex problems and determine how to improve almost any situation. His technical and people skills are tremendous!“  Dr. Sheila Ronis, President, University Group

Bottom line: If you are interested in driving marked improvement in your team’s ability to address your particular challenges, please call (313) 909.3034.





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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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