Great Leaders Eat Lunch

When Facebook opened its new office in part of the Village at the San Antonio Center project in Mountain View, California, the community sent a clear message: It wants Facebook employees to be a part of the community, and that includes venturing out into the local area for lunch. Under Mountain View’s rules for the Village complex, meals within the offices can’t be subsidized by more than 50% on a regular basis. Facebook can fully subsidize employees if they go to restaurants that are open to the public.

Michael Kasperzak, a former Mountain View mayor who worked on the legislation, notes that the intent is “to make sure we didn’t have 400,000 square feet of office space with people that never left the building.”

In other words, the city is saying, “Come on out of your office and have lunch with all of us!” Employees are encouraged to get out of the corporate halls and breathe in a bit of fresh air. Maybe they’ll even gain some perspective that there is more to life than their job at Facebook.

You can’t run efficiently if your tank is low. Here are some tips for staying properly fueled:

1.    Make a promise to yourself that you will eat something every day by 9:00 am and again at noon. It can be something small, like a handful of nuts or an energy bar. But you have to eat.

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