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TURN PASSION INTO GOODWILL
TURN APATHY INTO CARING
draw, paint, or make artwork to send to residents in local nursing homes. Your child can be creative while also making others happier; it’s a win-win. Children of any age, from toddlers to teenagers, can apply their skills and interests for the good of their community — and if they make it a habit now, it will follow them into the future.
Is there a budding artist in your family? What about a kid who loves the dirt? Take an activity your child loves and turn it into an action for good in your community to get them excited about helping others.
The most effective way to teach your kids about compassion and volunteering is to show them— not tell them— about the struggles others face. If you’re worried that your kid does not have enough care for others, give them an opportunity to work directly with people in less fortunate circumstances. Get the whole family to help at a humane society by playing with the animals, taking the dogs on walks, or cleaning out cages. This service can teach your kids about being responsible pet owners. To foster generational connections, set up play dates with your children and older adults in nursing homes. In that same vein, your musically gifted teen or the family band can play their favorite tunes for kids stuck in the hospital or for older adults in care facilities. Your kiddos may dread volunteer service initially, but volunteering can become an outlet for new opportunities, and your kids might become more compassionate, too!
Start a community garden and donate the goods to charity. Or have your crafty kid
EXPERIENCE VS. POTENTIAL What Matters More in New Hires?
Scaling a business is one of the most complicated challenges for entrepreneurs. Developing a model that allows for consistent growth while maintaining profit margins and effective systems is a substantial task for business owners. But once the proper blueprint is in place, a new test presents itself, and how well you perform will undoubtedly define the future success of your company. Hiring plays a significant role along a company’s path to success. It’s not a landmark or a checkpoint on the map; it’s the vehicle that takes you to your destination. Your business is only as good as the people who propel it forward. You need individuals who fit into your culture, possess the necessary skills to be effective, and have a desire to continue learning best practices if you’re ever going to achieve your goals. Some qualities are universally known to be linked to good hiring practices, but there’s still one important question that divides the masses: Do I hire for experience or potential?
working knowledge of their craft can provide a sense of security when hiring. With new employees playing such a pivotal role in growth, many employers want to limit uncertainty and ensure they aren’t gambling with their company’s future. But experience doesn’t equate to competency, which is why some employers elect to hire for potential.
The argument for hiring based on potential centers around two concepts. One is that by hiring someone with a bright future and helping them achieve their goals, you could gain the loyalty of that person and thus retain that employee for a longer time. This comes with the caveat that those who have potential also look for potential, so as an employer, it’s important to provide opportunities for advancement. The other argument is that potential combined with training can equate to a more effective employee in the long run. In truth, the disagreement that transpires is a moot point. You can hire someone with experience or an individual with potential and strike out just the same. All successful employees will have one important trait: passion. You can’t teach passion, but you can hire for it.
A degree- or trade-specific education can certainly lay a foundation for an employee to be successful, but experience provides specialized training that cannot be found anywhere else. An employee who has a
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