Ever find yourself in a situation where you had fear grip you suddenly? Ever saw others fret and next thing you know you were shaking too? If you dare, join me as I journey through the Labyrinth that Fear created for me to stay locked in its walls forever.
Who, What, When, Where and How to Start a Day Care Center There is a moment when in your mind you cross the line between dreaming of running your own day care center and actually seeing it as a reality in your future. When you make that transition, all of a sudden, the details of what it will take to both bring a day care into existence and to operate it day in and day out and make it a success begin to become a reality to you as well. One way of putting some organization around your planning is to use the old four Ws and an H system where in you just ask yourself five basic questions about what it will take to start and operate your own daycare. And those five questions are who, what, when, where and how. 1. Who will be your customers? In Field of Dreams, the voice told Kevin Costner, "If you build it, they will come." But you need more specifics before starting your day care. So you have to understand where you are going to get your first customers and then how you will continue to build your day care by getting new families. Start at your "dream" of a day care and in that vision of taking care of children for a living. Where did the kids come from in that vision? You should have this question answered and have a identifiable target market pinpointed before you buy the first crib or swing set for your day care. You need to know there is a real need for what you do. Moreover, the people who are going to finance your dream must know this or they wont give you the money. 2. What will your day care look like when it is a reality? This is more than just day dreaming because you need to have a feel for the size of the day care center, for the types of things that will happen in your day care all day and for the way it is decorated and equipped. Before you develop your budget of how much money to ask the bank for before you actually start changing your day care from a dream into a reality, you must have a detailed list of the things you will need, the remolding steps you must take on a new facility to transform it into a day care and how much each of those things will cost. 3. When will you open the day care? Along with putting some real detail to what will be in your day care, the schedule of events between now and when the doors open is important. A schedule is more than just a time frame with deadlines to hit. It is also a way of laying out in enough detail that you can get started, the work that must be done and the order it must be done in before you can move forward with your development plan. Building your plan from the general milestones to the specific tasks is how you go about creating a time frame for success that is realistic and complete. 4. Where will you locate your day care? You may be able to see the building where your day care will exist in your mind's eye but you need more than that to actually get your plan off the ground. You will need to know first what you need in terms of a physical facility and second, what facilities are available in your market area and what are their costs. The first part you can hammer out in your office with a pen and paper designing the layout and size of your future day care. The second part means getting out there and looking at buildings and talking to leasing agents. This is the footwork of starting your day care and it is important footwork for sure. 5. How do you get started? Guess what? You have already started. By taking these general questions, now just start adding the detail to each question. Before you know it you will have a budget, a schedule and a project plan for getting from the dream stage to that day you cut the ribbon and invite the first group of day care kiddos in to enjoy what you have to offer. And that day will make all this hard work worth the effort.
Having to look for a job sucks. It's painful, time consuming, you may be able to sell services or products, but having to sell yourself is humbling, and sometimes frustrating - because you don't know how wonderful you are! I've heard every excuse from 'well, you know, I'm 'old', so they won't hire me...' to '...I keep getting calls from recruiters and interviews, but then I never hear from them again...' You are selling a solution to a problem the company needs to fix. You might be getting in the door to the first interview, but if you are focused on asking them what they can do for you, and not really getting to the problem of what they need fixing, then you will not get that job. What I have found in 22 years of human resources, recruiting, and business ownership - many companies don't know what they are looking for, and the candidates don't know what to ask for. This compendium of my blogs and newspaper 'ask-the-expert' columns will help the job seeker learn more about the job market and how to really search for and get that 'dream job.'
Culture is a unique and fascinating aspect of the human species. How did it emerge and how does it develop? Richard Dawkins suggested culture evolves and that memes are cultural replicators, subject to variation and selection in the same way as genes are in the biological world. Thus human culture is the product of a mindless evolutionary algorithm. Does this imply, as some have argued, that we are mere meme machines and that the conscious self is an illusion? This highly readable and accessible book extends Dawkins's theory, presenting for the first time a fully developed concept of cultural DNA. Distin argues that culture's development can be seen as the result of memetic evolution and as the product of human creativity. Memetic evolution is perfectly compatible with the view of humans as conscious and intelligent. This book should find a wide readership amongst philosophers, psychologists, sociologists and non-academic readers.
"Evidence Synthesis in Healthcare: A Practical Handbook for Clinicians" is the first book to reveal the field of Evidence Synthesis, by combining multiple sources of quantitative/qualitative data to derive the best evidence for use in healthcare. Through the use of clearly explained examples and practical explanations, "Evidence Synthesis in Healthcare: A Practical Handbook for Clinicians" describes the practical tools, techniques, uses and policy considerations of evidence synthesis techniques in modern healthcare practice.
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