Can Business Leaders Live Kaleo Life?
Since we launched Kaleo Life, the comment I hear frequently is how can a business leader live the Kaleo Life in the workplace? Isn’t there a ‘separation of church and state’ that prohibits this? Hmmm. Without getting into all the politics, remember that the Kaleo Life is the life (our choices and behavior) that flows from our convictions. The Bible calls these actions, in Galatians 5:22, the “fruit of the spirit” and the last I checked there still is no law against an exemplary life.
The toughest part about living the Kaleo Life is having the courage to actually live it. But it isn’t impossible, even if you’re a business owner. Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, Inc. is America’s second-largest quick service chicken restaurant chain. The company’s stated corporate purpose is “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 in contact with Chick-fil-A.” The company is a great example of a business that is modeling Christian values and producing a quality product in the competitive fast-food industry. Chick-fil-A is one of the fastest-growing chains nationally, currently with over two billion dollars in annual sales.
One of the defining distinctions of Chick-fil-A is that the restaurants are not open on Sundays. From the time Truett Cathy, the company’s founder, started in the restaurant business in 1946, he believed that God wanted him to honor the Sabbath by keeping the stores closed on Sundays. Although he was challenged on this idea many times by shopping mall operators, Truett always held that “we will have more sales in six days than those who are open for seven.” This has proven to be true, and today it is no longer an issue to fulfill the malls’ requirement to remain open on Sunday.
I’ve heard that when you go to a Chick-fil-A restaurant, you can tell something is different about the people and the atmosphere. The messages in the company’s kids’ meals always reinforce education, values, and integrity. Although the employees do not wear their faith on their sleeve, the fruit of the company is known by many – especially the many young restaurant employees who receive educational scholarships each year. The company also focuses on character-building programs for kids, foster homes, and other community services.
Can a business leader live the Kaleo Life without ever saying a word? Absolutely. You want to listen to a Real Life story, then be sure to listen to the story of Phil Doud under the Real Lives section here on Kaleo Life!