Keeping Faith Central in Family and Work

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Cheryl Bachelder, CEO of AFC Enterprises, Inc. and author of Dare to Serve, talks about how the faith legacy of her family drives the the choices she makes at work and home. Cheryl has more than 30 years of experience in brand building, operations and management at companies like KFC, Domino's Pizza, RJR Nabisco and The Procter & Gamble Company.

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Cheryl said that her framework of faith informs every decision that she makes in the workplace. What is your work/faith attitude? Do you find times where you have compartmentalized faith only into attitudes, decisions and activities outside of your work life? What are some specific ways you do incorporate your faith into your actions and decisions at work?
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Cheryl's career is not the only part of her life. In this video, she talks about how she strives to balance her family, work and life. 

Cheryl said that she always wanted a family and she always knew she would work. "It was never either/or." What was your vision of your life? How has it been fulfilled? How is it different? What would you change?
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Cheryl admitted that everything is not always in sync. The balance of work and life is a series of choices and trying to make the right choice at the right time to be a valued parent and a valued employee. She mentions, "Family prevails and recover on the business front later." 

What was your last family/work conflict? What decision did you make? What was the fallout at work? What was the fallout with family? How did you recover? What did you learn for future reference?
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Cheryl wants to make sure her family knows they can count on her, which is something she learned growing up. In this next video, she talks about how her parents raised her with values and faith. Cheryl and her husband, Chris, are passing along this legacy to their three daughters.

Cheryl talk about three areas that her parents intentionally prepared their children through modeling and example.
  • Encouragement
  • Values
  • Faith

How do make sure your children know they are capable? How are you encouraging them to explore the gifts God gave them? How do you model that yourself?
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Cheryl talked about her family discussing "what would you do" real-life adult issues at the dinner table. How do you intentionally instill values in your children? How do you model that yourself?
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How do you model your faith to your children? How are you intentionally pointing them towards a decision of faith in Jesus Christ?
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No matter our success or position, our identity is not ultimately in our job but in Christ.  Our work is a God-given opportunity to care for our families, fulfill our calling, and bring glory to God.

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