Walk the Talk – The Real World

By way of introduction, my name is Tim Cromley, and for the last 16 years, I have been blessed to work at Walker Manufacturing Company in Fort Collins, CO.  My current position is Sales and Marketing Manager.  Walker is an independent manufacturer of commercial grade riding lawn mowers, but more importantly, it is a company owned by a Christian family and built on Christian principles.

It is an honor to have been asked by Dr. Aldridge to contribute to a blog about real world experience that we have learned over the years here at Walker.
In the coming weeks, I will be posting on beliefs that we have lived in, learned from, and stood by.  These are derived from our “What we Believe at Walker” card (given to each of our employees when hired) that lists 18 principles of business we have lived and then put into written form.  We believe that many companies write down how they should live and then try to be a company they are not, or even worse, turn into a company that is opposite of what they believe.  Are we perfect? No, but we do have some experience that we hope can help as you step into the business arena.

In the meantime, I would encourage you to get to know Walker Manufacturing Company a little better at walkermowers.com.  Be sure to read about the company history and philosophies–you can also view our 18 principles of business in our Philosophy section.

September 27th, 2010 at 12:51 pm
Thanks Tim. Greetings CCU students, faculty/staff and all WTT subscribers, please join me in welcoming Mr. Tim Cromley with Walker Mowers to the new 2010/2011 edition of the Walk The Talk Blog. Over the past few years we have focused on what’s wrong with business management and leadership; The lack of moral/ethical decision making, and practices & policies, organizational procedures that look more like a poker game than values aligned leaders making principle-centered decisions. Our focus this year will be more encouraging as follows; 1.) we will emphasize a place for values in a world of fact through workplace evangelism. 2.) We will honor faith-based leadership where the organization’s core values are reflected in the way decisions are made and carried out.
In making your posts, please keep in mind CCU’s Mission; “We cultivate love of God in a Christ-Centered community of learners and scholars, with an enduring commitment to the integration of exemplary academics, spiritual formation and engagement with the world.” Consider, how you are fulfilling this mission reflected in the way you think, talk and walk in the Spirit of Truth?
In your service,

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February 11th, 2011 at 12:51 pm
Thank you for introducing yourself and the Walker Company. I went on the website and I really like the believes that is posted (opportunity abounds), but what really stood out to me is the R. stating “Remember where our help and blessing come from- live and work with gratitude with all the lord has done for us”. I agree with the Walker company on this believe. It is very important to remember and thank the Lord for what he has blessed us with. I really liked how the website is laid out, very eye catching pictures. It looks like you work for a great company, thank you again for sharing your time with us.

February 11th, 2011 at 6:26 pm
Hi Tim,
Sounds like you work for a great company! In one of our threaded discussions Dr. Aldridge asked us to comment on an exemplary leader. Since I work for CCU, Bill Armstrong is who came to mind. I’ll pass on my comments here:
In thinking of any leader now that demonstrated that type of integrity and honor (I know this sounds cheesy…) but Bill Armstrong, the president of CCU just stands out in my mind. I have had the incredible honor of getting to know this man a bit for nearly 2 years now and his character is just impeccable. He doesn’t mince words, he’s strong, his focus is on the mission…he’s really quite amazing. I’m sure anything like a “Golden Parachute” is the furthest thing from his mind. First of all, none of us make enough at CCU (including the president) to leave much over for parachute material…certainly not golden! When I first started working at CCU, I was so excited to be here that, after the Christmas party, I wrote him an e-mail just gushing about how I never expected a Christian organization to really be that different but CCU was! He wrote back a full page letter, thanking me (although I’m pretty sure he didn’t know me from Adam!). He sent a Christmas card of his family to my home address. Amazing. And since then, I have just seen him take the bull by the horns when our VP quit; he didn’t replace him…he took on the job himself because he wanted to be closer to the heartbeat of the Adult student. Every time he prays, I know that man has spent time with God and his heart is all over this university. He could care less about a “Golden Parachute”. fAter being a Senator, he probably doesn’t need one…but it’s more that that; he is INVESTED in our school, in the students, in the mission of changing the world, a challenge fulfilled by us…just us, here at CCU.
It’s been amazing. I never thought this university would be different; Christian or not I thought it would be “business as usual” and in some ways it. But the real mission, the big picture is real…it’s for the glory of God and seeking to lift Him up…it’s real.


February 11th, 2011 at 9:07 pm
I read one of your later posts, where you explain all the programs your company offers its employees and I think it’s great to find out that there are still companies out there that maintain their ethical standards and leadership still considers its employees when making business decisions. Your company is one of the few that I mentioned in my class threaded discussion response in regards to reflexive learning and the law of sacrifice. I recently started working for a small company (BTAS), main office in Ohio. I support a contract out in Southern California, and they hold the same beliefs, people first.
How has leadership in the last decade demonstrated this law, if at all?
The law of sacrifice, “A Leader Must Give up to Go Up”, was not in the minds of the majority of the leaders for the past decade. They became leaders or were leaders during a decade that started off very prosperous. Big corporation leaders were making big money; they spent big money and were not going to give it up for anyone. And, when times got tough they were ready to bail, not only with their money, but with the money of others. This is not to say that there were no leaders that sacrificed, I’m sure there were, but with all the attention focused on companies like ENRON, stories that impacted millions, which dominated the new, the sacrifices received little or no attention. I’m sure even a story like Lee Iacocca’s would not have been front page news.
Provide examples of service leadership contrasted with “Golden Parachute” Leadership. Which do you believe is more effective, and why?
Service Leadership, The Quest for Competitive Advantage (2006), defines Service Leadership as a culture that empowers the organization to strategize its promises, design its processes, and engage its people in a proactive quest for competitive advantage. When an entire organization has a service leadership mind-set, every employee-customer encounter is considered to be an invaluable opportunity to improve customer service and engender customer loyalty. Under these conditions, every individual takes responsibility and pride in creating or protecting the organizations leading position in service quality or in designated markets by carefully observing and communicating customer needs through the organization.
Golden Parachute is defined on the Business Directory.com site as Huge bonus and /or a lucrative contract offered to a director or key employee to compensate for loss of office after a takeover or merger. It may also include a stockholding (shareholding) in the new set-up.
So, based on these two definitions I feel the Service Leadership style, normally seen in company’s like Wal-Mart, Home Depot and Lowe’s, is the better more collaborative, everyone has something to gain style of leadership then the Golden Parachute, which could be found in large corporation like Enron–need I say more.
“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from faith and pierced themselves with many grief’s.” I Timothy 6:10, NIV.

Tim McT
February 12th, 2011 at 7:18 am
Hi Tim,
You are blessed to work in such an environment. I would expect that turnover in your company is exceptionally low. When employees feel valued, they rarely leave. Additionally, I would also expect that the culture is one with few silos, high collaboration, and a common respect for one another which leads to high productivity.
I’m always inspired to learn of such companies. I read look forward to reading other posts where you unpack a bit more from the 18 principles.
Should I be in the market for a good riding mower, I’ll know where to look. 

February 13th, 2011 at 10:53 am
Good morning Tim,
Thank you for your willingness to share the God-based principles of your business. I am particularly interested in how you all turn those principles into everyday activities in your workplace.
I walked through your company web site, and a number of elements struck me. First, it is world-class, highly professionally done website – great graphics to show off your products. The pictures and history add a personal element that drew me to learn more about your company. I also appreciate the acrostic that you use for “What We Believe” – Opportunity Abounds. I am also interested in how the company belief statement came to exist, and how if it has been refined over the life of the company. It certainly sounds like an inspiring organization of which to be a part.
When considering examples of inspiring leaders and organizations, I think of the service leadership of Richard Stearns, the President of World Vision. In his book “The Hole in Our Gospel”, he relates the story about his transition from the corporate world as a president and CEO along with its money and perks, to turning his life to God as one living the gospel to serve the children of the world. He made personal sacrifice to purposely choose to follow Christ to address a very real need in our world.
One sentence from his most recent President’s Message summarizes his heart “Motivated by our faith in Jesus Christ, we serve alongside the poor and oppressed as a demonstration of God’s unconditional love for all people.”
Tim, thanks again and I look forward to your examples of how you all have lived in, learned from, and stood by your “What we Believe at Walker”.
Best Regards, Mike

February 14th, 2011 at 6:23 pm
Hi Tim,
I really enjoyed your posts and getting to know the Walker Manufacturing Company through the website. It is evident that the organization is driven by leaders grounded in biblical truths that live out their beliefs every day.
As we are discussing servant leadership in our class, I found the belief statement “O” to be very relevant. “Opportunity to lead depends on serving–our suppliers, employees, and customers all voluntarily associate themselves with the company based on how well we serve them”.
Another example of servant leadership that comes to mind is my pastor. It may be a matter of character and calling, but I think that pastors in general have a different mindset about leadership that business managers may benefit from learning. It’s not necessarily a part of his job description, but you will find my pastor doing everything from teaching bible studies to cleaning the toilets. His humility and willingness to serve inspires the congregation to volunteer their own time.
It sounds like this principle is integrated throughout the Walker Manufacturing Company and plays a role in changing lives. I look forward to reading more of your posts.


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  1. Tanya says:

    Hi Tim,

    After reading the history of your company and the philosophy I can’t tell you how much I appreciate reading that kind of commitment. Although I have never bought a mower If I were to your company would be at the top of my list. I think greed has overcome many people/companies in which has resulted in the carelessness and lack of integrity of the product. I can respect any company that started from hard work and dedication and operates with values such as trust and honestly. I would hope that you truly do follow this philosophy and treat others as you would want to be treated. The second "O" in your philosophy really touched me though. I’m in the customer service business and I think its important to treat our suppliers and individual customers with respect and honesty. Their feedback is what makes my job worthwhile, to know that I have provided the best service possible. So…I commend you on the growth of your business and hope that your values are passed on to the next generation that will manage your company.

  2. Stacey says:

    Thank you for sharing about your company with us. The organization appears to be quite unique in their business practices. I read over the principle’s several times, and the first two are the ones that stuck out to me. The first one regarding family is so important. For the last two years, my husband has worked for a company with similar family policies and in the 19 years we have been married, I have never seen him so satisfied in his job.
    The second principle about promises being kept, keep your word, tell the truth, and be honest in all things is a great principle to live by. In my particular work situation, I cannot say that these things are always followed. It is very disappointing to believe something to be true and then find out later that it is not.
    I would imagine that there is a not a big turnover rate at Walker Movers. With the company being based on the listed principles it appears to be a great place to work.

  3. Russell G. says:

    Hello there,

    I visited the Walker Manufacturing Company website. What most impressed me was when I was reading the “What We Believe at WALKER” page. It stated, “In all relationships show mercy and forgiveness since the Lord has been merciful and forgiving to us” (Walker Web Site). It was so great to see the ideals of this company reflect God’s grace. If I was looking to hire a company, this would be at the top of the list because of the values brought upfront to the general public. This is a great principle and creates value for future clients. You do not see a company like this very often; one who is so open about their religious beliefs. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Diane Ventresca says:

    “The servant-hood of leadership needs to be felt, understood, believed and practiced if we’re to be faithful. The best description of this kind of leadership is found in the book of Luke: The greatest among you should be like the youngest and the one who rules like the one who serves.” Max DePree, Leadership Jazz. Who wouldn’t follow a leader who showed them the same care and respect that Jesus did? There is not “us” versus “them” in service leadership. This type of leadership encourages collaboration and teamwork.

    Golden Parachute leadership on the other hand breeds narcissism, poor listening skills, and a lack of empathy. A leader who has become the “spoiled child” is not one to be trusted either. How many over-priviledged and undisciplined children have you run into? I have run into several and it amazes me that their parents don’t think they are doing anything wrong. Those are the same children who grow up to take advantage of their subordinates, stakeholders, and anyone else that has something they want.

    It is definitely more effective to learn service leadership skills and hone those traits.

  5. Elizabeth says:

    What a blessing to be able to work for such a wonderful company. It does sound as though Walker “walks the talk.” As you mentioned, all too often, companies say they are one thing but do something completely different. How refreshing to hear of one that actually does what it days it is going to do.

  6. Holly says:

    Hi Tim!

    I’m at student at CCU currently taking Leadership & Management I with Professor Murphy. One of our assignments this week was to post an entry on the Walk-the-Talk blog.

    I chose your entry because your story was very interesting. After visiting your companies website, I was very impressed to see that there is a company that has beliefs I thought were lost in the corporate world. It is a breath of fresh air to see that a company has these values and is publishing them on their website!!! I bet as an employee it is very rewarding to work for a company that has Christian values and that you, yourself, feel valued.

    Thank you so much for sharing!

  7. Jon Mulder says:

    I love hearing about businesses that are being run by Christian people. There is so much sin and deceit in the business world, that you don’t even know who to trust. I’d like to think that with some Chrisitan people in the business world, they run a very successful business full of honesty and integrity. There’s a lot of technology coming into the business world, but it is important that we still have good professional business leaders. Technology can’t handle everything, even though we rely on it a lot. There is still need for good leaders who will take control and be in charge of their compnay. I think people almost rely on technology too much these days. Some people have lost their people skills, and ability to communicate with others.

  8. Dana Samm says:


    Thank you for sharing about a true American company. I was grateful to see God at work in growing Walker Mowers. It is a blessing for the employees to be able to freely share beliefs without suffering opposition. The atmosphere at work must be wonderful. As a civilian employee, it is very unfortunate that I am not allowed to freely share my faith openly. However, as a Christian, my co-workers are well aware of my beliefs. While I do not force what I believe on them, they know that I try to live a life that honors God in my work ethic and what activities I participate in outside work. At times they kiddingly make comments when a controversial issue arises, such as the current administrations decision to openly allow homosexuals in the Department of Defense.

    I found the website easy to navigate and was drawn to find out more information on your product. I enjoyed the “homey” feeling from your layout. I can just imagine the camaraderie enjoyed by the employees. I also found your 18 business philosophy principles intriguing. I work in a research and development laboratory, so I can certainly relate from the trial and error entry.

    As I browsed through Walker’s Mowers history, I can see how God has blessed this company over the years. I am curious if the company tithes 10 percent of their earnings. I attended a church in California that did tithe on all monies that were collected. This was across the board. These funds were given to missionaries, and used to bless the community in various ways.

    May God continue to richly bless your company!

  9. Michael Babb says:

    I’m wondering if people find it difficult to share their belifs and structure their organizations / companies around biblical principles in fear that it may net them fewer customers or a reduced bottom line? I find that, even within some non profit organizations, people fear acting or behaving in a way that may sacre some people off.

  10. Chris Dempsey says:

    It is impressive that Walker Riding Lawnmowers has their values based on their faith and strive to meet those values daily. You said in your intro that “We believe that many companies write down how they should live and then try to be a company they are not, or even worse, turn into a company that is opposite of what they believe.” It is good to know that Walker writes down and passes out what they believe and then follows it and lives by those statements as opposed to publishing them for acceptance by a customer base. When a company has principals and values and then stands by them, success will come and success will stay. The company will prosper.

  11. Jonathan says:


    What a great testimony to read. As a student of CCU and an aspiring Christian leader in business, it is really encouraging to read about other Christians succeeding in the business world. There are many Christians in the United States and many of them are successful in business, but it is not often that they self identify and inspire. Thank you for your post and thank you for introducing me to your company. You have been a great encouragement. May God Bless you and cause His face to shine upon you.


  12. Randy says:

    Tim Cromley,

    Thank you for your post, it’s inspiring to see great businesses that are faith based become successful. I reviewed your post and then checked out your website, and it seems like a great company to work for. Coming from a military background we deal with acronyms all the time, but I haven’t seen this one (OPPORTUNITY ABOUNDS), the principles that each letter represents are extremely impressive and definitely justify your mission and vision that we as humans should all live by.

    After reading these eighteen principles I thought of the book that Kouzes and Posner wrote, “Christian Reflection on the Leadership Challenge.” These principles definitely relate to their five practices 1. Model the Way, 2. Inspire a Shared Vision, 3. Challenge the Process, 4. Enable Others to Act, 5. Encourage the heart. If all leaders embodied these practices, then leadership would become not just a job, but a calling. Employee’s lives would be changed for the better. We would be able to mold future generations easier. And along the way everyone would gain a sense of fulfillment because of the gifts that God has given us.

    I wish you and your company the best, and hopefully one day I will be able to work with an Awesome organization like yours!

    Take care!

  13. Steve C says:


    I’m not sure how my reply is going to differ much from the others but I do think a sincere ‘Thank You’ is in order for you and the Walker Family for standing by your core values of honesty and integrity. Most people today dwell on the negative but I’m here to say there are hundreds and thousands of ‘Walker Family’ stories not only in the USA but also around the world. It’s reassuring to read about the history of Walker Mowers and how Max got his start in the business and then visit the plant in Fort Collins. I think that gives the story creditability if there were doubters.

    I ran a small business of my own for 15 years and my foundation was the Golden Rule. How would I feel if someone wasted my time by making an appt and then not showing up without so much as a phone call or anything? I prided myself on being punctual, clean, respectful, honest, reliable, and so on. You would be amazed at how much business I had and all with zero dollars for the advertising budget. All of my business was referrals by word of mouth (which is the best kind) because people believe in family, friends, and coworkers when they recommend someone. I not only lived by those values but the guys that worked for me did the same (or else they didn’t work for me that long). All in all, it was a successful venture where I offered a service at a reasonable rate and everyone made a little money. My point is that you don’t need to rip anyone off or have a sales pitch if what you’re offering is legitimate. That’s the beauty of honesty. Good luck and thanks for allowing me to share my two cents worth.

    God Bless/Steve C

  14. Robert Evans says:

    Being a Christian can be extremely challenging, especially when working in a secular environment. Holly said it perfect, it is definitely a breath of fresh air to know that there are such things as “Christian Organizations.” It must be amazing to work in a Christian friendly environment that shows interest in their employees. To feel valued and to know that you are an important asset to an organization, there is a huge since of pride; pride leads to motivation and determination which in turn leads to success! Great story!!

  15. Vicki says:

    Hi Tim,

    I enjoyed reading your blog and was thankfully you including the company web site! I was also required to read and respond to one of the blogs but I really enjoyed this assignment. It truly is refreshing to hear of companies with such high ethically values and one that understands taking care of their employees as well.

    I just retired from the Air Force after nearly 21 years. The Air Force comes first as we know when we join. However, it is refreshing to run across a company that supports employees expressing Christianity!

    I think the principle that most caught my attention was “Always love people and use money.” That is one of my princiles of life. We can’t take money with us. We have one life to life. Love the people in our life as Jesus did!

    Thank you for sharing!

  16. Lindsey says:

    Nice to meet you Tim! I am very interested in reading your posts about the business world. I also agree that some business go into it thinking about what they are there for, who they want to become and then ultimately they start leaning in the opposite direction. Whether it be because of the simple pressure of competitors or dealing with the stresses of staying a float. I”m not sure why it happens but I would love to hear about how to help prevent it.l

    Lindsey Seghi

  17. Katy M. says:

    It’s such a blessing to work at a Christian organization. We can come together as brothers and sisters in Christ with Jesus as the head of our lives. Tim, thank you so much for sharing! It is a blessing to be a part of this Colorado Christian University community as a graduate student in business administration. This is my first MBA course, LED 501 “Leadership and Management I.” I am so thankful to have learned about the unique dynamic leadership theories and practices. The Lord has been so good to me and I praise Him every day for giving me true life, mercy, forgiveness, goodness, faithfulness, love, wisdom, understanding, joy, peace, and everything I could ever need. It is a miracle that I am here at CCU, and I want to be grateful for everything the Lord has placed in my life. He is in control and He is the One that knows what’s best for us! Praise Him! In Romans 8:28 (New King James Version), the Apostle Paul states, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” This verse gives me so much love and hope from the Lord. He is concerned with the things that come in and out of my life, He is concerned about what happens to me, He is concerned about my well-being, He is concerned about my life, and I know that He is concerned with this new chapter in my life by starting my MBA. My prayer quest is for my life to be evident of the One that means everything to me. I feel as though I have ruined much glory for the Lord through me. Another prayer request is obedience and a desire to do God’s will in every aspect and moment of my life. Thank you so much for your prayers! They truly mean everything to me! In 1 John 5:14, the Disciple John says, “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” Amen! God bless you all and I am praying for you as well!

  18. Reggie Selby says:

    I once heard it said that wherever there are people there will be people issues. Gossip is one of those issues that is prevalent in every work environment. I think one of the best ways to handle it is to explain to the work force that to talk/gossip about someone is the same as stealing. If you gossip you are stealing that person’s character without them having an opportunity to defend themselves. One of the biggest ways to help minimize conflict in the workplace is to have a golden rule policy: “treat others as you would want to be treated”, and to ensure that people do not talked about other people other than in their presence where they have an opportunity to defend themselves or to support what you are saying. I know, so basic of a concept you wonder why it is not being implemented everywhere?

  19. Reggie Selby says:

    In order to move forward whether in your own personal life, career, or community service you must have goals and action plans to accomplish these goals. But before any of that there must be a overall grand strategy (Vision Statement) that captures why we are about to take on these goals. The only Vision statement that I am aware of that will sustain you through the good times and bad times is one that captures the Lord Jesus Christ as our motive for doing all that we do. Anything else will leave you high and dry at the end of the day. So, to know Him and make Him known sounds like a reason for living to me! Blessings to you all!

  20. DeAnna says:

    Honestly I really don’t know how one would really stop gossip but I do think it is very important to have a policy in place. Having something in your handbook that addresses gossip and states it will not be tolerated will give the employer grounds for disciplinary action. The question is have you ever considered prayer and asking people to pray instead of gossiping. In my opinion I think that depends on where you work, if you work for a church or some kind of spiritual organization I think you could get away with that. But I think in other organization that would be inappropriate and also it could set you up for some kind of legal issue. I think it is best to keep religion out of the organization unless you are sure that person would not be offended.

  21. Steve D says:

    Honesty, even before credit a person’s word was their bond. Now we have created lawyers and endless amounts of documentation and legal jargon to keep us honest. “A truthful witness gives honest testimony, but a false witness tells lies.” (Proverbs 12:17 New International version) Whatever happened to our word is our bond? I believe some of it has been lost because we know send and shame and therefore we cannot afford or we believe we cannot afford to be in a position of shame or weakness for losing credibility among our friends or coworkers and most importantly our family. At the same time, honesty can show the good and give credit where credit is due “Kings take pleasure in honest lips; they value a man who speaks the truth.” (Proverbs 16:13 NIV) I believe more is to gain when honesty is exercise in our endeavors to be good businesspersons. I have found over time in my organization that when I advise people in the ways of protocol and event planning; if I have given them misinformation or have directed them incorrectly I admit to it. This is why I keep receiving repeat customers and by name requests for my services to the space wing. It is important for all of us to be able to trust someone when we are dealing with him or her for whatever reason.

  22. Andrea says:

    I was impressed to find “What we believe at Walker” posted on your public website for everyone to read, and not just keep it as internal information for employees only. It is very rare to find a company that intentionally includes God as part of their principles for business, but it is also refreshing. The fact that Walker has purposefully stayed a small, family owned company even though there have been requests to buy stock shows the company wants to maintain their values and not chase after the all mighty dollar. Hosting the annual Walker Hymn Sing is also a rare treat. Having this event for everyone in the community instead of an invitation only event for past/current customers also shows your integrity and how much you care for people. It also reinforces your “what we believe” principles by hosting an annual event in which its sole agenda is to praise and worship God.

  23. Katie Rayburn says:

    Hi Tim,

    I’m very glad that Dr. Aldridge encouraged you to keep this blog going with contributions from your own walk lived out in the workplace. As a believer in a sometimes not too morally saturated business world, it certainly is very refreshing to have fellowship and testimony from someone who seems to not only be doing well for himself but also in a place where he can really stand behind the company to which he is apart!
    Moreover, upon review your company’s mission statement, I was definitely impressed that they would be so forward and allow their principles to lead their business decisions. That almost seems surreal today as many people set out to do a good thing or create something good but do not ACTUALLY do or necessarily live as ideally as they had planned. I love how in the scriptures, all truth can be found for life. One that I hold very close to my heart has to do with how we work. In the Holy Bible (1993) declares, “Whatever yo do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord and not for people…For Christ is the real Master you serve” Colossians 3: 23-24 (Good News Translation). Now, ideally and as an umbrella-type statement, this may seem difficult to live up to but as a believer I know that I must do, work, and live my life as for the Lord and not for man because that is who I AM really working for–God! When times are difficult or I am not sure I can withstand something, I try to see if what I am doing fits this description of work for the Lord or not. Nine times out of ten, if I am having serious push back in the workplace, then the job doesn’t fit that bill.

    Thanks for a great forum for God’s Truth, fellowship, and encouragement!!

    Katie R.

    Holy Bible: Good News Translation (1993). New York, NY: American Bible Society.

  24. April Tucker says:

    Hi Tim,
    I am impressed by the way you incorporate faith into your company principles. One in particular that I appreciated was the R: “Remember where our help and blessings come from–live and work with gratitude for all the Lord has done for us.” It is so easy for a company to get wrapped up in the bottom line and forget about the reason we are here and how we got here.

    Considering God your Senior Partner in the business is amazing. It seems like companies today are almost afraid to show their faith. We all know the controversy regarding Hobby Lobby and their feelings regarding covering the cost of birth control. They did not back down on their beliefs, and I admire that you have put your beliefs out there in the open, as well. Any company who would post all of these incredible business principles on their public website for anyone to see is definitely a company that I am a fan of. In addition, your dedication to not working on Sunday shows again that you are more concerned with honoring God and your faith than you are in increasing the bottom line.

    Thank you for operating with such inspirational values. We need more companies like yours in this world.


  25. Sabrina says:

    I can agree with you to some degree about a company that has faith centered values. I have also seen that it can be a big problem. I work for a large company that has just merged with two other companies that have totally different looks on religion. One company is non-denominational and the other company is Catholic. The company that I work for is a Jewish based company. These companies all have different values and so in the end the companies all decided that the employees that work for them would keep the values of what ever company they work for. For example if it is a Jewish based company then they will hold the beliefs of the Jewish faith. I cant celebrate any of my beliefs at this company and it is stressful at times. I need a job and this job is great and pays well. The people are wonderful and I agree with the companies standards and policies. I just think that we should be able to celebrate our religion what ever it maybe as long as it isn’t distracting to others. Just curious to see what everyone else thinks about this. Blessings Sabrina

  26. carriebol says:

    Hello Tim,

    Thank you for sharing your company’s history and philosophies with us. It is impressive to see a faith-based company become successful. After reviewing the 18 principles, 1 in particular stood out to me. Dignity and honor exist in all work performed by diligent workers–as much as each person should be working at their best opportunity, take pride in their work, enjoy what they are doing. I believe that one of the most underrated assets of any business is pride. Many people work for the sake of working. It’s a means to get a paycheck at the end of the month and there is nothing more to it. Simple pride in your work can make all the difference. I believe that once you start to take pride in your work, even your work environment will start to change. You will feel happier at work and even help create a positive work environment. Money cannot be the only determining factor as to why you work. There must be bigger reasons for you to work for in order to enjoy your work.


  27. 0283981 says:

    Walker Mowers sound like a wonderful place to work. It’s not very often that you find a company not afraid to mention God in public without the fear of being politically incorrect. My workforce goal is to eventually get a job in a company that has respect for their employees as Walker Mowers does. After taking a look at the web site on the history of the company, it was amazing that they could reclaim the company and make it a total success. The employee’s must like working there and I can only imagine that the turnover rate there is very low. Another great part of the company is that it is not publicly traded, which allows the Walkers to manage the company as they see fit without having outside influences. Kudo’s to the Walker family on their success in the industry and keeping it right with their faith in God. Thanks for sharing.


  28. EEoWah says:

    Hello Tim,
    Like others, allow me to express my appreciation for sharing your organization’s principles. Having a background with other Christian organizations I can attest to how fulfilling and empowering it can be to be part of a team that has a Godly foundation. Conversely, I have been part of Christian organizations where sinful natures take over and, as you wrote in your initial post, ” turn into a company that is opposite of what they believe” (para. 2).

    In reading Walker’s “What We Believe” principles (OPPORTUNITY ABOUNDS), I was struck by the first two letters, “O” & “P.” The “O” referred to operating by principles which are for the good of employees and their families. I am aware of many churches, in particular, where the needs of their employee’s families can be overlooked — which can ultimately lead to dire consequences for children, spouses, employee, and employer. The “P” spoke to honesty and integrity. In my last Christian organization, the idea of being “nice” was confused with white lies which grew into serious problems. It is always more kind to be honest than to be deceptive.

    Thank you, again, for sharing these principles. It is wonderful to hear about an organization which truly strives to maintain Christ-like ambitions.

    God’s Blessings!

  29. Timothy says:

    Hi, Tim
    It good to see that you included the employees and their families. It makes a huge difference on the motivation of the employees I think, It is so hard to find a place where you can go to work and feel the comforts of home. I have noticed that you put trust and credibility as the two key ingredients for your main goal in producing a work environment. I like how you are in a Partnership with the Lord and is the one key factor in organization. I want to thank you such a great product, I too am a proud owner of the Walker Mower,
    God Bless.

  30. BUSMC says:


    I truly enjoyed reading about your company Walker Mower Corporation. My family has never purchased a lawnmower from the Walker Mower Corps however your company seems to be a wonderful place for business or to be employed. The business has several strategic business drivers but the one that stood out is to remember where our help and blessings come from–live and work with gratitude for all the Lord has done for us (Walker Website). Always thank God for your blessings and remember he is the reason we have all of our needs. Great blog and I enjoyed reading about your company.

    Thank you!
    Melissa C.

  31. christofer says:

    Hello Tim,

    It was great to learn about your companies’ background, what it philosophies are, and the way it operates. It is becoming rare when trying to find a company that live by the standards that the Walkers and employees have set. The first thing you list is “Operate by principles that are optimum for employees and their families” this shows that the company is thinking of their employees and operate by the beliefs that are best for them. Also you talk about being honest and keeping promises and it is not only leaders that should be honest but also the company as a whole and the outside relationships you build. Without integrity built from the start many companies do not make it and fail because they are not honest one hundred percent. Walkers shows that there is something to be said about building a company with the employees in mind and integrity and honesty, with these and all the other principles Walker stands behind displays how a great company is made.

    God bless!
    Christofer H.

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