S. Truett Cathy Group 5

Founder of Chick-Fil-A

Chick-Fil-A is the nations largest quick service chicken

Chick-Fil-A has more than 2,000 locations nationwide

Christian Foundation

S. Truett Cathy was born in 1921 in Eatonton, GA

S. Truett Cathy grew up in a low income home. Operated Coca-Cola stand in his front yard at age 8

Cathy enlisted in the United States Army at age 18 and served for six years during the Second World War

1961: S. Truett Cathy came up with the idea for Chick-Fil-A and his recipe for the first chicken sandwhich

1967: Opened stores in malls

1995: Began the "Eat Mor Chikin" Campaign

S. Truett Cathy Authored Several Inspirational Books and Pamphlets on Entrepreneurship and How to Run Businesses the Right Way.

  1. Eat Mor Chikin
  2. Wealth: Is It Worth It
  3. How Did You Do It, Truett
  4. Its Better to Build Boys than Mend Men

Started the Winshape Foundation in 1984

This Foundation has Impacted Thousands of Kids and Families

  • Scholarships
  • Camps
  • Foster Homes
  • Marriage Counseling Programs

Received Numerous Awards and Recognitions

  1. Presidential Volunteer Service Award
  2. Elridge McMillan Lifetime Achievement Award
  3. Children’s Champion Award
  4. Many more

Invest in Human Capital

"I’d like to be remembered as one who kept my priorities in the right order. We live in a changing world, but we need to be reminded that the important things have not changed. I have always encouraged my restaurant Operators and team members to give back to the local community. We should be about more than just selling chicken, we should be a part of our customer’s lives and the communities in which we serve."

Promote family

“I was not so committed to financial success that I was willing to abandon my principles and priorities. One of the most visible examples of this is our decision to close on Sunday. Our decision to close on Sunday was our way of honoring God and of directing our attention to things that mattered more than our business.”

Remain Customer-Focused

"My Pleasure"

Stay Committed to your Vision

The Chick-fil-A Corporate Purpose Statement: “To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us and to have a positive influence on all who come into contact with Chick-fil-A.”

Seek Sustainable Growth, not Fast Growth

"I’m satisfied stepping from one plateau to the next, making sure we’re doing everything right before moving on… I know the best way to grow our business is to climb with care and confidence.”

Be Successful, not Arrogant and Out of Touch

“Our people are the cornerstone of all that we do at Chick-fil-A. As a chain, we believe that attracting great people helps create an unforgettable experience for our customers. It requires a lot of time and effort to make sure you have the right people working the right jobs, but we believe this is time well spent. The bottom line is that our people, from our restaurant Operators to the team members they hire, enjoy their work."

Exodus 20:9-10 (NIV)

Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns.

Galatians 6:10 (NIV)

Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

Proverbs 22:1 (NIV)

A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.

Running Our Business

Example of a Biblical Leader

Applying Biblical Principles to Today

Questions and Thoughts:

Can these practices and principles be applied practically in the modern day business world?

Is it unethical to run a business that does not implement these practices? Are we, as Christians, obligated to adhere to these standards?

Which principles, if any, would you implement into your businesses?

Jones, Russ. "5 Things Christians Need to Know about Chick-fil-A Founder Truett Cathy - Christian News Headlines." Breaking Christian News - Religion Headlines. ReligionToday.com, 9 Sep 2014. Web. 28 Nov 2016.

Servant Leadership: The Legacy of Chick-fil-A Founder, S. Truett Cathy. http://www.tamekawilliamson.com/servant-leadership-the-legacy-of-chick-fil-a-founder-s-truett-cathy/

Truett Cathy. (2014). http://www.truettcathy.com/default.asp


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