2 - Clarity

Stand by Your Commitments


In a world of endless options and mixed messages, it can be easy to lose focus on what is most important. How can you stay the course? How can leaders maintain cultural relevance without abandoning biblical values? In this session, Dan gives three ways leaders can remain clear in their purpose. First, Dan talks about the importance of of staying true to your values.


Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy made a commitment in 1946 to keep his restaurant closed on Sundays. What commitments have you made in business that uniquely align with your values? What have been the implications or cost of those commitments?
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Have you ever made a business decision that seemed counterintuitive or countercultural? How did your team respond? How did it actually help your business?
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What new commitment could you make in your company practices, relationships, products, services, training, benefits, finances, that align with your values?
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Discern Your Purpose


In this next video, Dan asks you to consider your business focus and challenges you to maintain simplicity in all things. 



Dan said that high-performance organizations run of the fuel of the five Fs: 

  • Fast
  • Focused
  • Flexible
  • Friendly
  • Fun

Which of these attributes do you think describe your organization and why? Are there any areas where you need to grow or improve?
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In a world of endless options, Chick-fil-A focuses on the simplicity and tradition of the Original Chicken Sandwich. What is your business focus? How do you maintain simplicity? What is the biggest challenge?
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Trust Biblical Truth


The Word of God is true, unchanging, and given to us in love. In this segment, Dan challenges you to consider how Scripture, your faith, and your values inform and influence your business.


What external changes are driving your business processes 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 maintain the purpose and mission of the company. 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 and mission? 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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In this last video, Dan talks about the things that do not change in the midst of constant change surrounding your business. 


How well do you personally embrace new technology in business? How has it impacted your business practices and relationships with consumers?
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Dan said, “While I’m so zealous embracing all this change that is taking place, the truth is that there are a lot of things that haven’t changed and never will change. I have got to speak with clarity on those issues.”  

While Dan continually keeps up with new technology as a tool in business, he relies on the Bible as his tool that never changes. What specific Bible themes, values, or verses have most impacted how you lead in business?
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How does the Bible practically inform your business decisions, practices, relationships, products, services, training, benefits, finances, etc.?
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Matthew 5:38-45 (ESV)

Retaliation

38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’39But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.40And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well.41And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.42 Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.

Love Your Enemies

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’44But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.

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 do you treat your employees, clients and customers in light of this biblical context? How do you resist retaliation, even to those who have cheated or maligned you? How do you love generously and reflect Jesus in your business? How do you bring others up for the common good?
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What will you change in your company practices, relationships, products, services, training, benefits, or finances from what you've learned here? What were you most encouraged by? What were you most challenged by?
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As you lead in the marketplace, may you glorify God as a faithful steward of all that He has entrusted to you and have a positive impact on all who come in contact with you and your company. 

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