Headway is a guidebook to running more human one-on-ones.

We all want to feel fulfilled at work and become better human beings. But it's easy to get stuck in our day-to-day tasks and forget to pause and reflect on what's really important.
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What's in the book

A list of all chapters included in the book. Headway is a little over 60 pages and can be read in about an hour.

Let's Stop Calling Them 1:1s

Skip By Default

Focus On Feeling

Be (Usefully) Distracted

Forget The Business

Avoid Action Items

Throw Out The Scripts

Uncomfortable, or Just Unfamiliar?

Add Your Perspective

Think More Like an Editor

Ignore Meeting Wisdom

Be Creative

Treat it Like One Long Conversation

Follow Everything Back to its Root

Trust Your Intuition

Overwork is a Disease

Look for the Struggle

It's a Meeting For Them, Not by Them

Hi there, Patrik here!

Writer & Designer. Previously Product Research Lead at Buffer and Operations Manager at Parnassus Books.

When I first started holding regular one-on-ones with my teams a few years ago, I had no clue what I was doing. I made lots of mistakes. But I also did research, talked to other managers, and tried many different approaches.

I learned that one-on-ones don't have to be scary or complicated. There's an easier way. And it all starts with accepting the complexities of being human, rather than trying to optimize our way around them.

This book is an attempt to shine a light on a simpler and more human way of managing teams by focusing on one tool in particular: the one-on-one.