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9 Tips For a First Time Manager

You may be the best at your job, but that doesn’t make you instantly prepared for a promotion in which you will be managing and leading your peers. Effective leadership is a skill that one develops over years of training, mentoring and experience. Think about the managers you’ve had in your lifetime — what did they do that you, as an employee, appreciated? What did they do that you didn’t like...

Context and Storytelling

Five years ago, I founded an agency (<a href="" target="_blank">@getglean</a>) that helps nonprofits find their voice and tell their stories. At Glean, we spend a lot of time helping our clients navigate the complexities of the issues they are working on. We then advise them on how to communicate their work back to their audiences. 

I’m taking a break from my agency

As I look back at the last four years of running my agency I am amazed at all I've had the chance to do. I've worked on all sorts of interesting projects with fun and engaging clients. I've experienced some of the most exciting times of my professional career as well as some of the hardest, frustrating, and depressing. Glean has grown from just me in my garden shed to a team of six. I've learned...

Start A Conversation With Your Users

I’ve always loved coffee. The smell first thing in the morning, the taste. Ah, it’s fantastic. One of my favorite places to go with my friends is our local coffee shop, Brown. But there is something even better than the coffee at the cafe. Something that makes the reason going for a coffee worth it. Something that organically happens I go and sit with my friends: conversations. We always end up...

Developing an Online Profile for your Users

Recently I was invited to speak to a communications class at Northwest University. They wanted to me talk about connecting with people and how we can use technology to help aid us in building connections. I did my best to hold back the fact that I had spent my first four years after high school failing out of or dropping out of just about every college that would accept me. It was incredibly...

Facebook Instant Articles

It’s official, Facebook has just taken their first major step to become lords of the internet. Earlier this week Facebook launched Instant Articles, a new service where select publishers can have their articles published on Facebook’s platform. Facebook is claiming that this is all about loading times for content. By their measurement it takes about eight seconds for an external article to...

Cambodian Articles of Incorporation

These Articles of Incorporation are based on the original articles I filed for my startup in Cambodia to the Ministry of Commerce in 2013. They were created for a sole-member limited liability company, with no co-founders or outside investment. If you need to modify these, I would highly recommend you seek professional legal counsel. My aim in releasing these documents is to provide other...

My Thoughts on Startup Weekend Cambodia

This weekend I was a coach at Startup Weekend Cambodia. It was a great chance to catch up with some good folks that run startups in Cambodia and I was able to help coach some teams on the marketplace. But on a longer reflection of the event, I couldn't help but think that we are not doing enough to help Cambodians develop their businesses. These are my thoughts on how we can improve this event...

9 Things I’ve Learned Freelancing

I've been freelancing in some form or another for close to 10 years. Over that time, I've grown as a professional designer and a business person. I look back to when I started and I can't believe how bad I was at my job. But, I had amazing clients, and I kept grinding and learning. I've recently stopped freelancing to focus on my design agency for non-profits, Glean. But I wanted to share a few...

Jesse Orndorff

The founder of Glean, an agency for change. Formerly Innovation Program Manager at DAI. He's now focused on building technology and startups that work on challenging issues and doing social good.

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