Jake Wood Was Once a Warrior, Then a Nonprofit Leader. Now He’s an Entrepreneur. What’s The Difference?
You might be asking yourself, “What in the world does a warrior know about what I don’t know?” You might be thinking, “What’s the difference between a non-profit leader and an entrepreneur?” But you’re not alone.
In fact, I’m sure you’ve heard people ask you this question before, right? “What’s the difference between a non-profit leader and an entrepreneur?”
We all have such a hard time accepting that non-profit work is fundamentally different than any other kind of work.
There’s a lot of noise out there these days about the difference between a nonprofit leader and entrepreneur.
From the outside, non-profit work seems to be much more complicated than it really is. At first glance, non-profit work seems to be more structured than any other form of work.
But we’re here to tell you that the structure of nonprofit leadership is actually a lot simpler than you imagine. Nonprofit leadership is a lot more like your first job. Or your last job.
But what’s the difference between a non-profit leader and a CEO? A non-profit CEO is like a CEO in a factory.
He’s not much different than the CEO in a factory. He might have a few differences—like what kind of car he drives or what he does for lunch.
But those are only superficial differences. Your non-profit CEO probably gets to pick what kind of car he drives, or what he does for lunch. He or she probably gets to drive a specific brand of car or a specific kind of brand of food.
In other words, your non-profit CEO will probably be in charge of a particular corporate culture. And your corporate culture is going to be shaped by your CEO.
Because in fact, what it takes for a non-profit CEO to succeed is very similar to what it takes for a CEO to succeed at his or her own company.
You see, non-profit leaders want to succeed in the same way CEO’s want to succeed.
That’s because nonprofits are non-profits because