God Is My CEO | Larry Julian

Summary of: God Is My CEO: Following God’s Principles in a Bottom-Line World
By: Larry Julian


Dive into the world of business through a spiritual lens in ‘God Is My CEO: Following God’s Principles in a Bottom-Line World’ by Larry Julian. Discover how successful executives integrate God into their workspaces to create harmonious and empowering environments. Learn how placing faith and spiritual principles above profits can lead to happier employees, conducive work cultures, and ultimately, higher long-term gains. Explore real-life examples of CEOs, like Bill George of Medtronic and C. William Pollard of ServiceMaster, who have successfully intertwined their faith with their business practices to make a greater impact.

Godly Ideals for Profitable Companies

Integrating Godliness into the workspace can lead to happier, more productive employees, and longer-term profits, says successful executives who prioritize their faith and spirituality. This book defies the notion that running a profitable company and following God’s will are mutually exclusive and suggests that embracing God’s values can alleviate workplace stress.

Purpose-Driven Business

Medtronic CEO Bill George spent years turning down the opportunity to run the world’s largest medical technology company due to his ego-driven ambition for a bigger role. However, he eventually realized that he was where he belonged and could lead with his values and beliefs at Medtronic. Similarly, C. William Pollard, the head of ServiceMaster, focuses on putting God above profits, creating an environment that maximizes the potential of its employees. They believe that a purpose-driven business philosophy leads to profitability and provides dignity and worth to all employees.

Success Beyond Materialism

Bob Buford and Jerry Colangelo share their journeys of realizing the importance of faith and purpose beyond material success. After losing his son, Buford shifted his perspective and founded the Leadership Network to support church leaders. For Colangelo, his relationship with God helped him turn his focus outward to making a difference in the community. Both emphasize the value of living a purpose-driven life with faith as a guiding force. As Buford puts it, “the knowledge that we live our life with God’s help provides the confidence, conviction, and focus that will move us forward regardless of circumstances.”

Leading with Courage

Al Quie, former Republican governor of Minnesota, opted not to seek re-election despite media pressure after he realized it wasn’t God’s will and wouldn’t serve the greater good. He also chose to work with his Democratic successor. Marilyn Carlson, CEO of Carlson Companies, found herself summoning a lot of courage after losing her 19-year-old daughter in a car accident. Instead of remaining angry, she spent a lot of time reading the Bible and used lessons learned to improve as a leader. These stories teach us that courage doesn’t always manifest outwardly in a heroic way and that humbling oneself before God can change one’s priorities, attitudes, and relationships.

Faith and Patience

When faced with challenges, Tony Dungy, former head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Archie Dunham, CEO of Conoco, Inc., turned to their faith and learned to be patient. Tony used his favorite Bible verse to help run his team, which eventually led them to become the 1999 NFL Central Division Champions. Archie learned to surrender his problems to God, which resulted in a successful career as Chairman of the Board. Both men found that integrity and seeking God’s will in their actions were key to their success.

Finding Peace in Faith at Work

Jeff Coors and John Beckett share their personal experiences of integrating faith into their workplace. Jeff struggled to balance his task-oriented nature with his faith, leading to a personal crisis. He found peace by distinguishing between working for God and being with God. John’s wake-up call to integrate his faith into work came when his employees tried unionizing. He committed to creating a compassionate yet accountable environment, investing in employee development, and prioritizing family. John’s tangible actions backed his commitments, leading to a positive outcome.

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