Last week I celebrated 34 years on the corporate staff at Chick-fil-A. It has been an amazing journey. Any attempt to articulate the impact of this organization on my life would be totally inadequate. However, I thought I’d share a few things I love about working at the chicken – 34 to be exact…

1. Truett Cathy

2. The Chick-fil-A sandwich

3. Our Corporate Purpose

4. Being closed on Sunday

5. The people I work with every day

6. The men and women who operate the restaurants – they’re amazing

7. 70,000+ team members – they represent the brand extremely well

8. The daily challenge of my role

9. Free snacks in the break room

10. The variety of work I’ve been able to do over the years

11. A culture that expects people to grow

12. A culture that helps people grow

13. Senior leaders who walk the talk

14. Waffle Fries

15. People asking me, “Which one?” when I tell them I work for Chick-fil-A

16. Our foundation – WinShape

17. They pay me to do what I love

18. The cows

19. Our point of view on leadership – Great Leaders Serve!

20. Our annual meeting – 4000 people and growing

21. Did I mention the Waffle Fries?

22. Required annual development plans

23. The prospect of global expansion

24. The hand-spun milk shakes

25. My space – I traded in my office a few years ago

26. At the home office, you’re never more than a few feet from a white board

27. The untapped potential in our existing restaurants

28. Customers telling me they LOVE Chick-fil-A

29. Working in a place where people care about my family

30. Being stretched as a leader – again and again

31.The opportunity to do work that matters

32. Free lunches at the office

33. The Bat Mobile is in our lobby – the real one!

34. Success is defined as Results AND Relationships

Don’t get the wrong impression – Chick-fil-A is NOT a perfect organization. That’s not the message I’m trying to portray here. There are plenty of opportunities for improvement throughout the business. I see that as a good thing – where there are no challenges, there’s no need for leadership.

Despite the challenges we face, I’m extremely thankful I could make the list of 34 items above without having to think about it too long. And, I’m excited about the next decade. I’m optimistic the list of things I love will continue to grow throughout the remainder of my career.[GLS_Shield]

How about you, what do you love about your job?

Author: Mark Miller

Mark is a business leader, author, communicator, photographer, husband, and father. He spends his time helping leaders grow.