Principle vs. Practice: What’s the difference?

We are always looking for simple ways to apply good principles (patterns of advice) with meaningful practices (specific actions). This is the crux of delivering consulting advice in most situations. What is the difference between principles and practices? Here is one illuminating example.

The Boy scout motto– “Be prepared”–is a timeless principle.
“Buy a plunger before you need a plunger” is a practice that applies this principle in a memorable way.

Principles are good ideas or good values stated in a context-independent manner. Practices are applications of theses principles stated in a context-dependent way.

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