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Slow Focus

I’m learning to move slow. As part of being a startup founder, I’ve tended to move quickly and break things. Which usually is fine in a small startup team, but doesn’t always work in a more traditional team. Now that I am away from my company for the next year, I am trying to be intentional about embracing slow focus as a life focus. Now, I don’t mean slow in terms of work...

Talent and Dreams

Last night my wife and I went and saw The Book of Mormon with her family. My wife I and I have always enjoyed going to musicals. My wife, as a musician herself, enjoys all the music. Me, I am blown away by the sheer talent of everyone it takes to pull off a show. From the lighting technicians, to the set designers, the directors, and the actors themselves. These are people who have spent...

On Being Sick

I’ve been sick for the last few days. I haven’t shopped for medicine in the US for a couple of years. It’s overwhelming to see all the brands fighting for our attention. The medicine all does the same basic things, but they all have to sit on the same shelf and compete with each other. This is why I love doing business online. We get to connect and have a conversation with our...

Early Mornings

I’m not a morning person. For years it has been hard for me to get up early and get my day started. Over the last few years I’ve discovered that being an early riser helps increase productivity. While getting up early is always a challenge, the productivity benefits are amazing. As I write this, I am on the second day of my 8th anniversary trip with my wife. It’s 5:30 in the...

First Time Manager

Becoming a manager for the first time can be challenging. The transition from an employee who is directly responsible for outputs to managing a team is a big shift. It’s not always easy, but being open to learning how to be a better manager is important. From my post on 9 Tips for First Time Managers: To build a supportive and productive culture within your workplace, it’s important that...

The Work

“The work wants to be made and it wants to be made by you.”
— Elizabeth Gilbert
The world needs you and the work you’ll create. Listen to this podcast, amazing stuff.

Goals vs. Resolutions

I don’t do new-year resolutions anymore. I use to try, like most people, to set a series of things I wouldn’t do for the next year. And like most people, I would fail to make my resolutions stick through the end of January.  I never fully understood why it was so hard to accomplish my resolutions. After a few years of failing, I realized, it was because resolutions focused...

Dreams

As we get older, our dreams seem to change. What was once interesting to us, has changed to something else. As children, careers, and housing start to be our focus, it can complicate what seemed so simple years prior.  I’m ok with dreams changing, I’d like to think the wiser I get the more focused I’ll become. But what makes me sad, is giving up on your dreams, because it...

Airplanes

I love airports. My favorite thing to do is get a cup of coffee and sit a departure terminal and watch the planes take off. To me airplanes are a perfect example of innovation. The idea that I can get on a plane and in less than a day I can be half way around the world is amazing. The same type of trip only 100 years ago would have taken months of travel time.  The innovation we work on...

2015 Reading List

Every year I set a reading goal. This year, it was to read at least one book a month. Here is my list so far. I’ll do a deeper dive at the end of the year and provide reviews but I am happy with this list. I will say that my focus was to read more fiction books. Typically read non-fiction but my wife advised me to focus on the joy of reading, rather than the work of reading. Which I am very...

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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