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.
- Eat Mor Chikin
- Wealth: Is It Worth It
- How Did You Do It, Truett
- Its Better to Build Boys than Mend Men
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."
“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.”
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."
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?
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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