The Week: Most Recent Lifestyle Posts recent posts.en-usWed, 27 Aug 2014 08:43:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent Lifestyle Posts from THE WEEKWed, 27 Aug 2014 08:43:00 -0400How to use Moneyball at the office to build great teams<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>There are a lot of myths about team building.</p><p>For instance:<strong> People are not a company's most valuable asset.</strong></p><p><strong>The right people are.</strong></p><p>This is one of the key things Jim Collins explains in <em>Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap&hellip; and Others Don't</em>, his exhaustive study of great teams and leaders.</p><p>He holds Nucor up as a prime example of perfect team building. <strong>These guys were so devoted they chased lazy employees out of the factory.</strong></p><p >The Nucor system did not aim to turn lazy people into hard workers, but to create an environment where hardworking people would thrive and lazy workers...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Eric BarkerWed, 27 Aug 2014 08:43:00 -0400The simple tomato trick to making the perfect summer pasta<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Spaghetti with fresh tomatoes, basil, and garlic sounds like plenty of summer pastas you've had before. In fact, it sounds a lot like a summer pasta I wrote about three weeks ago.<br /><br />But with a little smart maneuvering &mdash; and no greater investment of effort or time &mdash; you'll end up with a dinner that's entirely different. This pasta has a brighter tomato flavor than any you've had before, and is in a position to completely change your August dinner routines. You should let it, and fast, because the good tomatoes won't be here nearly long enough.</p><p><br /></p><p>Michael Ruhlman first read the bones of...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Kristen MigloreTue, 26 Aug 2014 14:11:00 -0400How to throw a perfect summer dinner party<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>I made a mistake today: I turned on my oven. For some reason, I thought I could get away with roasting an eggplant. I turned my window AC unit up to full blast and closed all of my windows to try to trap in as much cold air as possible, but it was no use. My top-floor apartment turned into a furnace, and I was so sweaty I couldn't even look at, much less eat, that eggplant.</p><p>The lesson here is that August eating should be as simple &mdash; and cool &mdash; as possible. With summertime produce at its peak, <em>assemble</em> is the operative word. When I have friends over on a hot evening, instead of cooking...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Anna Watson CarlTue, 26 Aug 2014 08:58:00 -0400How to whip your fall budget into shape<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>After a summer spent likely throwing a bit too much financial caution to the wind &mdash; all those al fresco dinners out! &mdash; chances are your budget may be in need of some TLC.</p><p>What's that, you say? Autumn is eons away? Well, we're here to tell you that fall is filled with a surprising number of financial doozies &mdash; so it's best to start reviewing that budget now.</p><p>When it comes to fall-specific expenses, you may already be counting on shelling out money for back-to-school shopping, college tuition, and maybe even an uptick in your utility bills.</p><p>But did you also account for the...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Meghan RabbittTue, 26 Aug 2014 08:46:00 -0400How I became a borderline hoarder<img src="" /></P><p>The other day, I was dumping two empty condiment bottles into the recycling bin. My 18-year-old daughter said, "We should save those. We could paint them and turn them into cool vases." I suddenly felt that old familiar sizzle in my gut, that heat of possibility...</p><p>But a voice inside me that knew better intervened. "No! They'll end up in a box somewhere. We have enough vases. And way too many boxes! Recycle it!"</p><p>"Geez, Mom," my daughter said. "You don't have to freak out. I'm just trying not to be wasteful."</p><p>"That's how it <em>all</em> begins," I said with a ferocity that surprised me. "One minute it...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/laura-munson" ><span class="byline">Laura Munson</span></a>Tue, 26 Aug 2014 06:08:00 -0400Why we should all vacation at the exact same time<img src="" /></P><p dir="ltr">It may be summertime, but the living isn't exactly easy.</p><p dir="ltr">Vacations are increasingly being squeezed by our inability to disconnect and the pile of work we return to after the holiday ends. And our colleagues who stay behind aren't faring much better. Scrambling to cover for absent employees, they try to keep productivity up even as someone crucial to their process is gone week after week.</p><p dir="ltr">No wonder many are finding that going away is too much work. Only 40 percent of Americans use their vacation time, 60 percent say they work while on vacation, and many complain about the work-crunch before and...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/elissa-strauss" ><span class="byline">Elissa Strauss</span></a>Tue, 26 Aug 2014 06:03:00 -04005 tips for a better BLT<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p> </p><p>Let's get one thing straight: The BLT is the ultimate summer sandwich (just ask half of the Food52 team). You have crisp vegetables; juicy tomatoes; the fatty, salty crunch of bacon; and a swipe of creamy mayonnaise &mdash; all sandwiched between carb-y goodness.</p><p>That being said, there's a certain satisfaction that comes from refining and finessing a good thing. With that spirited quest for perfection in mind, we've rustled up five tips for taking your BLT to the next level of sandwich domination.</p><p><strong>1. Bake your bacon.</strong> Though there are few things as heavenly as the smell of bacon frying, there...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Talia RalphMon, 25 Aug 2014 14:33:00 -0400The not-so-secret secrets to banishing bad money habits<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>If you've ever experienced a sense of euphoria after paying off your credit card in full or purchasing a piece of furniture that <em>finally</em> completes your living room, you know that our relationship to money isn't just a purely economical one.</p><p>There's a big psychological component, too.</p><p>And this is exactly why a growing number of scholars these days are studying behavioral psychology and economics &mdash; in tandem.</p><p>The reason: They want to figure out how to best capitalize on our emotions &mdash; the pride we feel when a savings account balance grows or the panic that ensues when a hefty bill...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Nancy Mann JacksonMon, 25 Aug 2014 11:10:00 -040011 scientific studies that will restore your faith in humanity<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Reading a lot about the science of human behavior can make you cynical, sometimes deservedly so, but cynical nonetheless.</p><p>On this blog I try to be accurate and useful and, as I have posted, research shows there is great power in optimism and hope.</p><p>So I want to take a second to step back from brass tacks and take a look at some studies that can renew a faith in humanity.</p><p>The world is not always fair. The bad are not always punished and the good do not always prevail.</p><p>But there are plenty of reasons, scientifically tested, to have hope and be positive about the future.</p><p><strong>1) You bounce back better...</strong></p> <a href="">More</a>By Eric BarkerMon, 25 Aug 2014 09:17:00 -0400The therapeutic power of discourse with the dead<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p class="TextBlock" data-role="paragraph" data-type="text" data-align="left" data-effect="dropcaps">Sitting in an auditorium in West Virginia, almost 2,000 miles from her Arizona home, Diane Greer knew she would be chosen.</p><p class="TextBlock" data-role="paragraph" data-type="text" data-align="left">"It was like some voice said, 'You need to do this,' and I knew it &mdash; it was like the universe was in charge," Greer recalls.</p><p class="TextBlock" data-role="paragraph" data-type="text" data-align="left">It was June 8, 2013 &mdash; a few days after the 35th anniversary of her father's sudden death from heart failure at the age of 58, an event that still haunted her decades later. A friend had told Greer about the conference on dealing with the grieving process. Greer felt she had to attend.</p><p class="TextBlock" data-role="paragraph" data-type="text" data-align="left">When a psychologist called for volunteers to demonstrate...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Erin KronSun, 24 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0400