Michelle Montañas De Leche

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The Best Travel Websites You've Never Heard Of

In the old days, vacation planning was practically a workout. To land a good deal, you had to keep your eyes peeled for newspaper ads and hit up …

Travel

9 questions to ask in a job interview that make you look smart

But it's not as simple as throwing out a bunch of random queries. The wrong questions could make you look unprepared, ignorant, or just plain foolish.<p>Your questions should be thoughtful, intelligent, and demonstrate that you are serious about the role and the company.<p>Here are nine questions to ask …

Employment

7 Ways to Sincerely Encourage Your Employees

Help them. Coach them. Thank them.<p>4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Encouragement is not praise. Done well, encouragement can lead to success for an employee -- at which time praise is appropriate. You see, encouragement is the act of providing positive feedback …

Employee Engagement

I just read a great book on accomplishing more by doing less — here are my 5 best takeaways

How do some people achieve extraordinary levels of success when pursuing their passions while others chase their dreams but never reach any finish lines?<p>The secret, according to entrepreneur and bestselling author Gary Keller, is that they have one thing — a visionary goal for their lives — that …

Self-improvement

Gorilla dancing like nobody's watching will make you feel pure joy

How to improve a video of a breakdancing Gorilla in a paddling pool?<p>Easy, just add "Maniac" from the <i>Flashdance</i> soundtrack.<p>You don't believe me? Just …

5 Ways to Give Feedback That Inspires People to Grow, Not Shrink.

Feedback done wrong is worse than saying nothing.<p>In the best businesses, everyone knows where they stand. Holding someone accountable is strictly between his or her performance and the expected standard. It’s not about you and that person, personally. As a business owner, it’s your responsibility …

Artist builds gentle giants from scrap wood and hides them throughout his city

Thomas Dambo is a scavenger artists who transforms scrap wood into giant sculptures resembling friendly creatures.<p>In his latest project, he hid six …

10 Traits of Managers Whose Teams Are Happy to Come to Work

Work isn't recess but it shouldn't be detention, either.<p>The last thing any manager wants their team members to do is dread coming to work each day. Because people spend the majority of their time at work, it is important managers do all they can to make that time enjoyable, exciting and …

This Secret Indian Hair-Growth Formula May Finally Give You a Mermaid Mane

Anyone who has unsuccessfully tried to get their hair to grow may roll their eyes at this video in which Prachi (the vlogger behind Super Wow Style) shares a family recipe for lengthier locks. Could a simple mix of natural ingredients really make hair grow up to 30-40 percent as Prachi claims? We …

5 Things New Managers Should Focus on First

One of the most exciting — and frightening — career transitions comes when you face the prospect of a management role for the first time. Over my career of building businesses, advising CEOs, and, most recent, exploring the philosophies and beliefs of 100 of the world’s most respected leaders for …

The Workplace

Helen Yemm: top tips for patio tomatoes

<b>Pots or bags?</b><p><i>I am planning to grow three tomato plants on my patio. What should I grow them in? The choice is either three 10in (25cm) pots (each 8in/20cm deep), providing 25 litres of root space, or a standard 30-litre growbag. Anthony Boyd, via email</i><p>Patio tomato prowess depends not just on …

Gardening

In a Difficult Conversation, Listen More Than You Talk

When Jared walked into a meeting to discuss a new marketing approach for a product, the conversation didn’t play out well. Five minutes into the dialogue, the product manager, Françoise, started interrupting him with questions he was planning to address later in the pitch. As the conversation ran …

27 Skin Care Products That Actually Do What They Say They Will

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How Rudeness Stops People from Working Together

Incivility can fracture a team, destroying collaboration, splintering members’ sense of psychological safety, and hampering team effectiveness. Belittling and demeaning comments, insults, backbiting, and other rude behavior can deflate confidence, sink trust, and erode helpfulness — even for those …

What Your Resume Should Look Like in 2017

Things to skip: Times New Roman, an "objective" blurb, and a Hotmail address.<p>Resume trends change quickly. From head shots to QR codes to company …

The Bird Dog Is an Abdominal Exercise that Reduces Lower Back Pain

Bird dogs are not like crunches: They’re not agonizing to do and you might wonder if you’re working out at all. But you are. You work on those little …

Yoga

22 Whole30 Soup Recipes to Keep You on Track Through Winter

Whether you’ve resolved to start eating cleaner or you’ve been adhering to that lifestyle for a while, great Whole30 dinner recipes are like gold. Warm winter salads are super tasty, but if you want something a <i>smidge</i> more comforting, hearty winter soups come in *very* handy. They’re absolutely …

Cooking

Five Annoying New Interview Questions You'll Hear In 2017

I love to hear about employers who are stepping out of the old-fashioned Machine Age mindset to treat their employees and job applicants like valued collaborators.<p>I am glad to hear those stories, but I am never short of correspondence describing the opposite scenario!<p>Too many organizations cling to …

Employment

18 One-Pot Chicken and Rice Dishes for an All-in-One Meal

When it comes to making dinner, you’d traditionally have a protein, a starch and vegetables all on one plate. That also means you’re going to have *loads* of dishes to do, and that’s just <i>not</i> going to fly for a regular ol’ weeknight meal. There are plenty of one-pot dishes that can be made in a cast …

Cooking

China is building a giant solar plant at Chernobyl

A new solar summer rises from the ashes of nuclear winter. Two Chinese energy firms will be constructing a new solar power plant in the exclusion …

Google's Insane Approach to Management Could Transform Your Company

The best way to arrive at the beating heart of great management is to have less of it. This is the Google way, and it works.<p>I'm a big fan of Laszlo Bock, head of Google's people operations (a more adept way of saying he's the HR boss) for over 62,000 "Googlers," as they are affectionately …

Leadership

Best air-purifying houseplants, according to NASA

NASA recommends one air-purifying plant for every 100 square feet of space<p>While architects are raving about the benefits of plant-covered facades, you don’t need to entirely mask your building with greenery in order to get the same benefits. Starting in the 1980s, NASA scientists began to study the …

How To Grow Lavender At Home To Relieve Stress And Anxiety Every Time You Walk Into The House

Have you ever considered growing lavender?<p>Lavender is perhaps one of the most well-known and widely used herbs in the world.<p>It’s also a gardener’s …

Why You Need Online Project Management Software

<b>PROJECT MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE</b> helps teams to better plan and manage their time and work.<p>Project management is not just for project managers anymore. …

A Gene That Could Help Explain Why Lithium Stabilizes Mood

It's always been a mystery why the drug works to treat bipolar disorder, but a new study sheds light on a possible mechanism.<p>Like Viagra and penicillin, the modern-day use of lithium—a common treatment for bipolar disorder—came about by accident. The story goes that in 1949, John Cade, the …

Neuroscience

Scientists Accidentally Discover Efficient Process to Turn CO2 Into Ethanol

The process is cheap, efficient, and scalable, meaning it could soon be used to remove large amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere.<p>Scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee have discovered a chemical reaction to turn CO2 into ethanol, potentially creating a new technology to help …

Chemistry

Quantum-Dot Coating Could Pull Solar Energy From Your Windows

Engineers inch toward the goal of achieving efficient conversion of sunlight energy Photo: Los Alamos National LaboratoryIn big cities, sometimes …

Clean Energy