Butt Augmentation, Labiaplasty on the Rise, Plastic Surgeons Say

Kim Kardashian is boosting plastic surgeons’ bottom lines.

Two doctors’ organizations have tallied up the cosmetic procedures performed last year, and butt augmentation skyrocketed — as did a controversial surgery to reshape women’s genitals. Meanwhile, old-fashioned breast enlargement, still the most common cosmetic surgery, took a dip. Continue reading

21 Ways to Be a Better Boss

Being the boss isn’t always easy. Having a leadership role means you need to get your own work done while managing others, and oftentimes, it means making tough decisions.

It can be easy to get caught up in your responsibilities, but if you want to be a good leader, you need to take some time to self-reflect and consider how you can improve. As the boss, if you can be your best self, you can run an even better business.

Business News Daily asked business owners and experts what makes a good leader. Want to lead your team to success? Here are 21 ways to be a better boss:



1. Be a mentor, not a parent.

“Remember, you are not your employees’ parent — you’re their boss, not their mommy and daddy. But that doesn’t mean you can’t hear them out when they need your advice and mentorship.” - Arlene Howard, owner and CEO, Arlene Howard Public Relations

2. Invest in your employees.

“To be an effective leader, you need to start at the heart of the company: your employees. I firmly believe happy and engaged employees do great things. Invest in them, and provide a clear picture of where the company stands and where it is headed. The critical first step is creating a vibrant company culture where people are motivated, and where collaboration is fostered and healthy lifestyles are encouraged.” - Bruce Cazenave, CEO, Nautilus

3. Admit when you’re wrong.

“It may be counterintuitive, but admitting that you’re wrong doesn’t have to be a sign of weakness, even in the often-competitive atmosphere of today’s workplace. In my experience, it actually makes you a stronger leader. Practice advertising, rather than hiding, your mistakes. People trust you more when you’re open about your imperfections.” - Alan C. Fox, president, ACF Property Management   [30 Inspiring Leadership Quotes ]

4. Be flexible about working from home.

“Prioritize people over place. That means hire incredible people and give them the freedom to work from wherever they work best.” -Mark Gilbreath, founder and CEO, LiquidSpace

5. Communicate better.

“Listen and observe more.  Talk and multitask less. We all give clues as to what is going on internally on a regular basis. Those clues give great insight into how to communicate with your employees more effectively. Focus as much on “how they say it” as what they say, and observe nonverbal communication, tonal and pitch changes, and changes in regular communication patterns, to see potential issues before they arise.” - Matt Eventoff, owner, Princeton Public Speaking

6. Hold slackers accountable.

“Hold everyone accountable. The biggest thing that demotivates a workforce is the wrong (slacker) people in place not being held accountable and the good people have to carry everyone and do all the work.” - Brian Braudis, founder and president, The Braudis Group Consultants

7. Make things more exciting.

“One of the best traits of a good boss is to be able to build excitement among employees about the things they are working on. Every employee should know why we are doing the things we are doing, and should feel excited about it. This is also a good exercise for you as a boss. If you can’t clearly articulate why the things we work on are so important, we are probably working on the wrong things.” - Aytekin Tank, CEO, JotForm

8. Recognize your employees’ strengths.

“Get good at spotting the strengths of others, including your direct reports, peers and your boss. Research indicates that paying attention to the strengths of others is a critical element in developing others to be more successful, as well as building effective partnering relationships.” - Dr. Karissa Thacker, management psychologist

9. Lead with love.

“So many managerial tips focus on tactics. If more leaders led from the inside out —  with love for their company, love for their customers and love for the people who help drive the company — first, decisions would be more clear (including how to address tough love topics). Leaders loving themselves is also imperative for success. Happy, healthy leaders have wealthier companies.” -Lorrie Thomas Ross, CEO, Web Marketing Therapy

10. Trust your team.

“[A] company’s success is entirely dependent on the success of the team as a whole, and without them, they would have never gotten there. In order to be a better boss, you need to be able to recognize your weaknesses and trust that the team you’ve built will be able to complement those areas with their own strengths.” - Ashley Morris, CEO, Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop

11. Be understanding and empathetic.

“Empathy is the most important trait for being a good boss. It helps bridge that gap between what the business needs and what the employee needs. If you can’t put yourself in the shoes of the employee, you will never be able to understand them, and, ultimately, help them become a high performer. After all, that is the role of the boss — build a team of high performers.” - Ron Webb, executive director of open standards research, APQC

12. Openly praise employees.

“Praise your employees publicly for a job well done. When the time comes to give them developmental feedback, do it privately. No one likes to be embarrassed in front of their peers.” - Kim Littlefield, senior vice president, Keystone Partners

13. Empower others.

“Stop acting like a boss. Too many bosses believe that leadership is a geographic waypoint, that a leader must stand in front of everyone else. The truth is, leadership is about empowering others to do great things.” - Jeff Stibel, CEO, Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp.

14. Bond with your team.

“It’s really easy to stay heads down, working nonstop, but at the end of the day, you are only as effective as the total output of your team. So stop working for a second and be human. Go out for drinks, food, laughs and learn more about the people you work with and the things that matter to them outside of work. You’ll be happier, they will be happier and the team’s output will be greater.” -Jeremy Smith, co-founder and chief operating officer, SpotHero

15. Stop micromanaging.

“Step back and give your team members the freedom on how to hit [their] goals as opposed to micromanaging them. Give them counsel, but let them have the freedom to stretch.” - Kathryn Prusinski, vice president of integration and development, Vision Alignment

16. Be a teacher.

“Years ago, it was enough to tell someone to do something. Today, it’s imperative to share information [and] the reasoning behind your vision, and allow input from your team. Being open to input, being fair, setting guidelines, teaching employees and doling out tough love when necessary is how to be a better boss.” - Elliot Fread, president and founder, BIMMY’s

17. Stay open to feedback.

“Always remember that leading a team is a privilege. A good boss must always take the time to help people learn new skills and remain open to both positive and constructive feedback from any member of the team.” - Aaron Charlesworth, vice president of marketing, Vonage Business Solutions

18. Thank your employees.

“Say ‘thank you.’ [When] employees feel appreciated, they not only work harder, but they are more inclined to trust each other and their leaders; they are more motivated and engaged in their work; and they feel a larger sense of meaning and self-worth in their lives.” - Eric Mosley, CEO, Globoforce

19. Have an open-door policy.

“Keeping your door open, or even setting up your office in a ‘common cubicle,’ invites more personal interaction with others, and you will be more approachable. By being more approachable, this can allow others to feel more vulnerable, which in turn, can make them be more willing to share their ideas, [and] be creative and productive.” - Lou Solomon, founder and CEO, Interact

20. Help your employees grow.

“A great manager [is] invested in sustaining employee engagement by keeping employee career progression in mind with opportunities for learning, job growth and career development.” - Dave MacKay, president, Ceridian

21. Offer emotional support.

“What can really set you apart is by supporting them when they are struggling personally. Every one of us has had to deal with a sick child or parent or illness, and a truly good boss will make you realize that family comes first and will find ways to cover your work so you can concentrate on what’s most important.” - Elizabeth Spayne, executive vice president of marketing, WinterWyman

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Female Marine Breaks Silence on PTSD Struggle that Mirrors ‘American Sniper’

In an exclusive interview with Healthline, war veteran Kara Moreland discusses her fight to heal the wounds from combat as well as harassment.

Female War Vet Breaks Silence on PTSD

Like so many who go off to war, Kara Moreland brought the conflict home with her.

She returned from Iraq with the sounds of incoming mortar and the mental exhaustion that came with making sure everything was in the right place and everyone was accounted for.

Her logistics position in the Army National Guard demanded her mind work lightning-fast even during times when others would be too scared to think.

But all that took its toll.

Last month a psychologist diagnosed Moreland with post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.


Kara Moreland, center, poses with her fellow soldiers.

The disorder has made headlines this past week during the trial of “American Sniper” murder defendant Eddie Ray Routh. Continue reading

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Joe Manganiello, Micky Dolenz, More Attend Larger Than Life Art Opening

“There are no bad models, only bad artists. The best way for me to describe what happens when the match is just right is like rubbing two stones together — you get a spark! - Zhenya Gershman



What do Anthony Hopkins, Bryan Cranston, Willem Dafoe and select other famous faces have in common? A face worthy of capturing in a crystallized moment of their stellar careers, caught in a mixed media composition that reflects an artistic moment for both the performer and the artist.


Bryan Cranston “caught” as Cohaagen, in the Total Recall remake. 

This is the criteria for celebrity portraiture and muralist Zhenya Gershman, whose “Larger Than Life” event drew an array of art lovers, celebrities and musicians who were fascinated by her famous (and not so famous) muses and their large and compelling portraits.


Anthony Hopkins “caught” in a moment as Hannibal Lecter.

Actor Joe Manganiello (Magic Mike XX, True Blood) is often regaled for his famous physique, but his distinct bone structure and intensity in his face was what drew Gershman to paint him in a special portrait meant for his fiancee Sofia Vergara.


“I loved how interesting and expressive [Joe's] face is and was drawn to paint him up close, to reveal his expression in vivid study and colors,” said Gershman, who was joined by Manganiello at the opening.

“Larger Than Life” Exhibit by Artist Zhenya Gershman, who is known for her expressive paintings, was previously invited to create a special portrait of Bob Dylan, the GRAMMY 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year.

Along with this portrait are Bob Dylan’s eyes painted on a Caballero guitar that helped revive the folk revolution of the 60′s, and was signed by Bob Dylan and all Performing Artists at The Grammy 2015 Gala Tribute Concert (including Grammy winners Beck; Crosby, Stills & Nash; Norah Jones; Tom Jones; Los Lobos; Taj Mahal; John Mellencamp; Alanis Morissette; Willie Nelson; Aaron Neville; Bonnie Raitt; Bruce Springsteen; Susan Tedeschi; Derek Trucks; Eddie Vedder; Jack White; Jackson Browne; John Doe, and Neil Young.


On Thursday, Feb. 12th, at the Building Bridges Gallery inside the Bergamot Station Art Center, Santa Monica, Gershman’s Larger Than Life kicked off in big style with Extra! and ET interviewing stars from the television, film, sports, literary, radio and music worlds.  Joe Manganiello (“True Blood,” “Magic Mike XXL”), Josh Duhamel (“Transformers,” “Young and the Restless”), Micky Dolenz (The Monkees), Matt Iseman (“Home & Family,” Hallmark Channel and “American Ninja Warrior,” NBC), Frank DeCaro (“The Frank DeCaro Show,” Comedy Central), Jim Colucci (“CBS Watch”), Tanya Memme (“Home & Family,” Hallmark Channel), Rob Rose (“Stretch,” producer and screenwriter), Tina Malave (“Eye On L.A.,” ABC 7), and many more who enjoyed two 90+ point wines from Hall Napa Valley Winery and Congenial Spirits’ Twelve Five Rye and Aria Portland Dry Gin with specialty themes craft cocktails for the event.





Zhenya tells me, “I met Mark Snyder (pictured) almost 14 years ago – I saw him modeling at the Art Center. They speak of love at first sight – it was ‘muse’ at first site. We’ve been working together ever since. I always joke that Mark has more personality in his earlobe or toes then most people I know in their faces!”



Hallmark Home & Family stars Matt Iseman (L) and Tanya Memme (R)


Iconic Musician and writer/director/actor Micky Dolenz (L) and Zhenya Gershman (R)

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Sirius XM star Frank DeCaro (L), Singer/songwriter, actor, writer, director Micky Dolenz (C) and CBS Watch Editor and Author Jim Colucci (R)

“Larger Than Life” exhibit was replete with over-sized portraits of Jack Nicholson, Mick Jagger, Clint Eastwood, Sting, Bryan Cranston, Willem Dafoe, Bob Dylan, Al Pacino and Robert Duvall, as well as her newer portraits that included Joe Manganiello, Christopher Walken, Mark Snyder and other muses.

Opening reception included two unique “Larger Than Life” crafted cocktails by Congenial Spirits‘ Twelve Five Rye and Aria Dry Portland Gin, including Hall Wines of Napa ValleySauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon, and an array of fresh appetizers by Dish Catering LA.


Assessing the artist’s work, Peter Frank, art critic for Angeleno Magazine, Huffington Post, and LA Weekly, said, “Gershman’s effort evokes not only Whistler’s and Sargent’s, but that from which they took inspiration, Manet’s and Velazquez’s-masters of the figure who in their own ways avoided the banal literalities of their contemporaries for … the dynamics of human presence.”

As for the food and drink, the guests dined on incredible appetizers created by renowned chef and French Culinary Institute graduate Laura Satterfield, owner and chef of DISH Catering. She honed her skills as the Chef Garde Manger in the kitchen of Citron in the West Village (New York City).


Twelve Five Rye’s Larger Than Life Luxardo Cherry garnished Manhattan and Aria Portland Dry Gin’s Larger Than Life Vesper were the go-to cocktails of the night:


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Art Exhibition with MusiCares participant Zhenya Gershman celebrating icons in Music, Pop Culture and Film

“There are no bad models, only bad artists. The best way for me to describe what happens when the match is just right is like rubbing two stones together — you get a spark! - Zhenya Gershman

Larger Than Life is a compelling art exhibition by artist Zhenya Gershman.

“…her aggressive and fast style of “larger than life” portraiture she is known for, where the famous (and faces lesser known) sit in her studio as she renders their features in a way that reveals the underscore to what lies behind their eyes in arresting works that reside in some of the most serious art collections, not to mention some of the most noted actors and musicians’ homes.”

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This invitation only red carpet event kicks off the two week run of the Gershman exhibit “Larger Than Life”  held Thursday, February 12, 2015 at the Building Bridges International Art Exchange located in the prestigious Bergamot Station Art Center in Santa Monica, CA.


Bob Dylan will be honored at a star-studded Grammy Week MusiCares gala on Feb. 6, 2015; Norah Jones, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, and Jack White are set to perform at the special tribute concert and charity auction.

Artist Zhenya Gershman will once again participate in the charity auction arm of MusiCares. Her portrait of Bob Dylan is arresting and follows her previous work of Bruce Springsteen for MusiCares in 2014.  Zhenya renders features in a way to underscore the soul of the subject behind the gaze of their eyes in her arresting portraits.

The event runs from 6:00 to 9:00 PM and will serve 90+ point wines provided by Hall Wines of Napa Valley and craft cocktails by Be Congenial Spirits group  headed by star mixologist Amanda Gunderson who will be manning the bar with her team and creating “Larger Than Life” themed craft cocktails with Twelve Five Rye and Aria Dry Portland Gin.

With muses like Robert Duvall, Willem Dafoe, Mick Jagger and of course Dylan, the interest and expected celebrity quotient will be high.

Building Bridges International Art Exchange @ Bergamot Station Arts Center
2525 Michigan Ave, F2
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Thursday, February 12, 2015
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

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