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Magnificent Leadership by Sarah Levitt

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CHAPTER 6

Focusing on Success While Remaining Open to Iteration

Featured Narrative: Tom O’Keefe, Actor, Bedlam Theater Company

I’m not putting an end date on when I’m going to think I’ve achieved success.

REM’s song This Could Be the Saddest Dusk was playing on Tom O’Keefe’s Walkman as he made his way to the mailbox. On lunch break from his summer internship at the attorney general’s office in Massachusetts, he was thinking about what he’d tell his father, the man who’d poured equal amounts of tuition and pride into his son’s future as an attorney. The last of six children, Tom knew the cost of attending Boston University’s law school. He’d seen how hard his parents had worked to attain their financial security, how they’d started out with ...

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