The Future of Business

Purpose Statement

In this post, produced in partnership with Soderquist Leadership, Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy shares how a corporate purpose statement can help you make business decisions that are both culturally relevant and biblically driven. Dan Cathy is the Chairman, President, and CEO of Chick-fil-A, the largest quick-serve chicken restaurant chain and one of the largest family owned businesses in the United States. 

What external changes are driving your business today? How do you relate to the plurality of values and norms?
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Dan shared how his team seeks to relate with change, but also stay the course. He said, “At Chick-fil-A, I’m so thankful that our corporate purpose gives a sense of true north for us…The truth that has helped us stay the course and keep the main thing the main thing is this statement: We’re here to glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us and to have a positive impact of all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A.” 

What is your corporate purpose? How does it incorporate your values? How does it help you stay the course in decision-making? How does it influence your team, productivity, and office environment?
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Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV)

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,

and do not lean on your own understanding.

6In all your ways acknowledge him,

and he will make straight your paths.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

How has having a personal relationship with the Lord impacted the way you run your business? When are you most tempted to lean on your own effort and understanding?
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How do you acknowledge God in your business? How has God helped you maintain clarity of purpose?
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The Lord gives purpose and direction to our lives and organizations. As we trust Him and acknowledge Him in all of our ways, He promises to keep our paths straight.

Content from this post was taken from the course Effective Leadership in the Marketplace. To view the entire course, click here.  

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