Hello, I’m Michael Sliwinski, founder of Nozbe - to-do app for modern teams. I write about productivity, #NoOffice, #iPadOnly and I believe that work is not a place you go to, it’s a thing you do.

Why I do individual one-on-one meetings while playing pool :-)


As you know at Nozbe we don’t have a central office. Everyone works from home. That’s why every half a year we organize “team reunions” where we meet at a hotel for a week and we “work and play” together to spend some quality time “in person”. I’ll write more about it in future posts but if you’re curious I talked about it with Radek on episode 5 and 7 of The Podcast. Anyway, part of the reunion is the idea that everyone of my 20+ person team gets to have an individual one-on-one meeting with me. So basically I play pool with everyone, here’s why:

Why I do individual one-on-one meetings while playing pool :-)

On our April meeting we actually made some really strategic decisions while having these talks. I think they work. And I get to talk deeper with everyone than on our usual Skype chats.

I’ll finish this post with two technical ground rules:

  1. We play the 9-ball game. I love it. It’s faster and less stressful than the traditional 8-ball bar pool game.
  2. We don’t count points. I don’t care who wins. If the other person counts them and wins with me and wants to brag about it - I don’t mind :-)

Question: How do you conduct one-on-one meetings? How does your boss do that?