Bring on the Ping Pong Tables
I loved this article from Alexander Muse, partly because I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading it.
First, the question for Quora:
“I’m a 21-year-old CEO of a startup with eight guys. My developers sometimes spend all day at the ping pong table. How do I handle this? I’m also a tech guy, I never wanted to be the CEO, but my co-founders and our investors (friends and family) think I should try to be the CEO for at least six months before trying to bring someone in. I think I’m doing a pretty good job in several aspects (we will probably break even next month), but I don’t know how to handle situations like this one with the ping pong table.”
“My advice? Buy the very best ping pong paddle and start playing with them. You might want to get a few more ping pong balls too. The ping pong table is not your problem.”
Done and done. We have a table at BP3, and there are times that it gets a lot of action. I’ve reportedly been at the top of the leader board once or twice. It’s a nice way to blow off some steam or talk over a problem while hitting a few balls. It is also nice competition, (usually) without any physical injuries. Your pride is at risk however.
100% agreement, Mr. Muse.