Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks: One CEO’s Quest for Meaning and Authenticity. August Turak () New York: Columbia University Press. Review by. Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks has ratings and 23 reviews. Gail said : ***Be sure to check out the Mepkin Abbey tour link included in the revi. Recently, August released a new book, Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks. It is filled with practical business advice, yet infused with a.

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Business is not so uncommon within religious orders either. Admittedly, a portion of it involves decisions by people From my book review blog at: Combining vivid case studies from his thirty-year business career with intimate portraits of the monks at work, Turak shows how Trappist principles can be successfully applied to a variety of secular business settings and to our personal lives as well. It’s not often that we have a chance for transformational experiences, and I wanted to share some of his message with you.

Our world would be a much better and richer place if more businesses were run this way. I noticed right away that Turak’s book didn’t have an index. Turak draws upon observations gleaned through many years of participating in the practices of a Trappist Abbey and the universal archetype of the hero myth as he makes a convincing case for the necessity of having a lofty trappit mission that is worthy of being served, of being lived. August Turak is a highly successful corporate executive, consultant, entrepreneur and author.

So what is it exactly that Turak has learned from the monks?

And every great leader knows that the more he focuses on making other people successfu l the more successful he becomes.

InWess Roberts published “Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun,” an unlikely source of business strategies that intrigued many people.

Whether it be community service, volunteering, or just random acts of kindness, helping others will help ourselves. That is my personal bias. So it seems natural that Turak can appropriate their insights and experience to the workplace. Chuck rated it it was amazing Oct 23, Quite a bit says August Turak, successful author, corporate executive and software entrepreneur in his tell all book, Business Secrets of the Trappist Mon.


The vehicle he uses for his lesson is the time he has spent as a guest at Mepkin Abbey in South Carolina, observing the way they serve their community through various business ventures.

Purpose of every human life, is to be transformed from a selfish into a selfless person. There is a lot more to this book than just business. We also grew trapist that we sold at a roadside stand to tourists and locals. Ironically the last thing on my mind on my first trip to Mepkin was Trappist business success or even my own. He did it by emphasizing the principles of quality and excellence rather than products and plans.

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How One CEO Learned a Lot of Business Secrets From a Trappist Monk

A good choice, Augie! I, for one, enjoyed the refreshing breeze that wafted up from Mepkin Abbey, which subsists by selling oyster mushrooms, garden compost and eggs to pay the bills.

If this was put into practice in business and government then our problems of homelessness, of health care, and lacking of food could be easily solved. In the case of AA, he shows that the participants become invested in helping others, not just themselves, and that is part of the recovery process.

But, “faith alone,” is not enough. August Turak August 6, at Money is just a mechanism for storing human time and energy and making it portable…how we utilize these scarce resources is the best way to divine our true priorities. Please share, but don’t repost in its entirety. Books by August Turak. They are two entirely different things. See my full review at https: The former may be worthwhile, but is temporal. Ilkka Pasanen rated it it was amazing Sep 12, A sort of human interest look and even a general reader with no specific interest in business or religion may still gain rather a lot from this book if they just pick it up and plough through it.

He maintains that these principles of business or life, in my case will work regardl WOW! Defining mission and infusing it into decision making is not the province of a yearly management retreat…it is a daily imperative that is the single most important priority every organization must have. Here the author takes an insider’s view of monastic life, acquired through a year association as a frequent guest of the monks of Mepkin Abbey in South Carolina, USA and weaves this in with business experiences and case studies to bring forth an trappizt and fresh viewpoint.


When has that happened in your life? Joy Fisk rated it really liked it Dec 23, ISBN mnoks, pages. I am neither a busines person or a monk.

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Fantastic post and comparison. I think this book has a lot to say about how important it is to be an authentic person. He then dives into each of these points in subsequent chapters. In a world of unread and often unreadable business books, August Turak’s “Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks” stands out as a book that will be read and re-read.

If you view this solely as a business book, consider reading it to get a possibly different series of opinions that may shape your future thinking and behaviour.

For August Turak, he surprisingly uncovered strategies and techniques he could apply to the business world in Mepkin Abbey, a Trappist monastery in the heart of South Carolina. I was searching for psychological and spiritual solace. August Turak helps us to realize that it is not merely possible to achieve wholeness and reconciliation of our personal spiritual lives with our what we do in the workplace; it is imperative.

A Trappist monk of the Abbey of Gethsemani, Kentucky, he was a poet, social activist, and student of comparative religion. Glad you added one to your list. Enjoyed the book, many of the points that he makes are immediately applicable. Whilst naturally this book does reflect deeply on religious matters it might be important for some to highlight that it does not seem to be promoting a specific religious agenda or advocating a given spiritual pathway.

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