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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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5 Essential Steps to Starting a Business Out of Your Home … a guest post

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by Amy Collett

If you are thinking about starting your own business, be prepared for a variety of challenges and benefits. It’s one of the hardest-yet-rewarding career paths you can choose. One factor that can make a big difference in your experience, however, is where your new business is located. By setting up shop in your home, you can eliminate some of the overhead costs that come with renting an office space, and you can enjoy more flexibility and balance in your work and home life.

Of course, when starting a business from home, it’s essential to approach it the right way so that you can put yourself in a position to succeed. Along with hiring a management consulting firm like Principia, LLC, keep these five steps in mind as you get your home-based business up and running:

1. Lay out your interests

Just as Forbes explains, when you start a business, it’s important that you have a passion (or at least an interest) in the industry you are entering. Otherwise, the daily challenges that come your way can quickly overtake your motivation to keep going, and could greatly interfere with your ultimate satisfaction and success. Write down any interests you have accumulated over the years, as well as the specific skills you possess. Doing so will help you determine the kind of business you could do well in.

This step is also essential if you’ve recently lost your job or business. Once you accept your situation and grieve for a short time, you need to get up and begin mulling over your next idea so that you can figure out how to get it off the ground.

2. Research ideas

Once you have written out all of your interests and skills, hit the web to research the plethora of business ideas out there. Whether it’s running a dog grooming business, freelance writing, or opening an e-commerce store, you can do almost anything out of your home. Forbes, Entrepreneur, and Under30CEO are a few websites that provide a variety of business ideas and other valuable information on running a business.

3. Find funding

No matter what kind of business you start, you might need to seek funding to help get it off the ground. That way, you can have the working capital you need for getting any necessary equipment, hiring employees, increasing inventory, and handling any number of other tasks. When it comes down to it, having money available can help you to keep stress to a minimum and achieve your goals in a timely manner. When you are researching your financing options, be sure to consider both government and non-government programs and loans.

4. Equip yourself with the right tools

Along with figuring out your interests, researching business ideas, and finding the right types of funding, be sure to consider any tools you may need to succeed in your business. Basic equipment such as a quality desk, ergonomic chair, and laptop/desktop computer are given for any home office. But there are also many types of tools and software that can help you stay productive and in communication with team members and partners. Research the various productivity and collaboration apps on the market to choose the right ones for you.

5. Set customers on a pedestal

Last but not least: Value your customers (or clients) above all else. As Trustpilot explains, your business won’t survive unless your customers are kept satisfied. Along with maintaining solid customer relationships, make sure you are going to great lengths to expand your customer base. Ensuring the quality of your products and services, engaging on social media, and promoting your brand through email marketing are great ways to achieve this.

Amy Collett is creator of bizwell.org, a website that helps professionals and entrepreneurs build and strengthen their personal brand. When she isn’t helping clients boost their careers or businesses, she enjoys coaching her daughter’s soccer team and training to become a yoga instructor. 

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