I’ve been reading Leaders Eat Last, a book about leadership by the motivational speaker Simon Sinek. His book explores, as the subtitle puts it, "why some teams pull together and others don’t." Sinek quotes a lot of biology and anthropology to support his thesis: when companies prioritize the care of human beings, and put people before numbers, they thrive.

We are biologically wired, Sinek says, to function best as a member of a close and trusting group. Teamwork helped us find food and stave off attacks by saber-toothed tigers back in the days when we were hunters and gatherers. Today, when most of our hunting and gathering is done online, teamwork is just as important in maintaining an organization’s health.

I thought about Sinek when an email about a new program by one of my favorite San Francisco hotels, the iconic Sir Francis Drake, landed in my inbox. Called "Be a Kid Again," the program brings a sense of play and nostalgia to meeting breakout sessions. Covered in butcher paper, tables offer crayons, construction paper, pattern scissors and nostalgic playthings like yo-yo’s, play-doh, Slinkies and Silly Putty. Childhood games are also provided-from Twister and Candy Land to Monopoly. And the snack-break menu includes the kinds of treats you never quite outgrow-mini pb&j crustless sandwiches, fried mac ‘n cheese balls, house-made pudding, Twinkies and rice crispy treats, warm chocolate chip cookies.

People whose day job includes writing code, managing budgets or developing long-term marketing strategies can wind down with some throwback games like Simon Says, telephone and big-group Pictionary.

I think our Paleolithic ancestors would want to join us in this fun, don’t you?

Dallas is famous for a lot of things, but one you may not be aware of is its claim to fame as the home of the frozen margarita! In 1971, Dallas inventor, entrepreneur and restaurateur Mariano Martinez invented the frozen margarita machine, adapting it from a soft-service ice cream machine. That first machine now sits in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

 

J Welch Farms is a family-owned and -operated farm located just outside of Victoria. The Welch family planted a 120-acre olive orchard at their corn and cotton farm four years ago, and recently began producing cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil and other products. The company offers eight unique flavors of olive oil, three balsamic vinegars and a dipping spice. The locally harvested and bottled products can be purchased as individual gifts or J Welch Farms offers an assortment of gift set options to fit a variety of tastes.

 

Event space rental has entered a new era. Spurred by the incredible success of Airbnb as a unique and affordable housing option for travelers, new options for renting affordable meeting and event space have been created. Peerspace is one example of a company making finding affordable space easier than ever. Similar to Airbnb, private owners list their spaces online for rent by the hour, day or event night, if the space is a private home.

Launched in 2014, Peerspace has more than 10,000 listings nationwide and aims to connect professionals and businesses to great spaces.