Title

You First: Leadership for a New World—“Carpe Fortuna; Reddere in Ante”

Department

Leadership, Management & Business

Journal

Nonprofit Quarterly

Volume

Winter

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-22-2019

Publisher's Page

https://nonprofitquarterly.org/

Abstract

I’m sitting on a Malibu beach with my friend Jim on a beautiful late-summer night in September. He’s super smart, and is wrapping up a gig as a chief financial officer for one of the largest nonprofit providers of children’s mental health services in Los Angeles County. Just after the green flash when the sun sets (I swear I saw it), he asks me, “Know what it takes to be successful running a nonprofit?” I don’t reply, knowing that he’s going to tell me. “It takes just three things: intelligence, tenacity, and luck.” I get the first two—but does luck really matter?

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