Today is a leadership simulcast sponsored by Chick-fil-a. I bought tickets for my office staff so that we could have a chance to do some continuing education together. They have a snazzy web site with pictures of the speakers, bullet points about the event, and other pages telling the visitor what it’s all about. This is what they say the purpose of the event is, “We desire to influence leaders at every level within an organization. Whether you are leading a team of 2000 or just yourself, Chick-fil-A Leadercast is designed to help you use your voice to create positive change in your community and the world at large.” They claim that over 125,000 leadership people will attend at various locations around the world. One thing is for sure – we need leaders with vision. Chick-fil-a has made a name for itself for its “fast-food” but also for its commitment to close on Sundays so that their employees have time to be with their families, worship, and recreate. It has always seemed a noble purpose in our 24/7 world.
Jesus realized the importance of rest (sabbath) when he said, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30) We are combining resting and learning today. I’m looking forward to what I can learn – to have a rest from the daily grind – to perhaps even catch a principled vision that can assist me in leading a people who I treasure. We need more value centered corporate responsibility and although there are accusations about Chick-fil-a employees like any other organization it seems they are trying, in a positive way, to make a difference. How about your organization, workplace, home, school, or church – what kind of influence do you want to have and how can you be a part of that? You can you know – through your personal example. Don’t say you have no power – you do. You have much more influence than you realize. I’ll tell you how the conference turns out.