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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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Combining 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. Multiple times he uses the United States Marine Corps and Alcoholics Anonymous as examples of a sense of community and a sense of belonging being a driving force. The Trappist tradition is over years old as, as the monks regularly reminded Turak, you have to trust the process.

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No longer will those of us who truly enjoy a good intellectual trappiwt be wary of the linguistic barriers that hurl terminology at us like a thesaurus. The part of Turak’s book about gathering and sorting eggs resonated with the present reviewer, a son of the soil. He maintains that these principles of business or life, in my case will work regardl WOW!

I businese make a point to provide exceptional service to my customers whenever possible after reading this.

Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks: One Ceo’s Quest for Meaning and Authenticity

I noticed right away that Turak’s book didn’t have an index. While I received it at no cost to myself, I am under no obligation to provide o positive review.


Jan 15, Fiona rated it it was amazing Shelves: But I found it so insighful and so helpful. It is not dry and full of jargon, it is not full of positivity and rah-rah-you-can-do-it praise. August Turak August 6, at The content of this book is not significantly different from any other business self-help book. Fantastic post and comparison. The main thing he emphasizes is self-less service–putting others before profits, and being trustworthy. Dec 03, Charmin rated it really liked it Shelves: But how can business owners apply these concepts to their own work?

Purpose of every human life, is traappist be transformed from a selfish into a selfless person. The former may be worthwhile, but is temporal. It is an ancient though immensely relevant economic model that preserves what is positive and productive about capitalism while transcending its ethical limitations and internal contradictions.

August Turak is a highly successful corporate executive, consultant, entrepreneur and author. His time spent living and working alongside the monks gave him a unique opportunity to observe their way of life and learn from them. Jen rated it liked it Jul 22, Via NetGalley, Columbia Business School Publishing provided me with a copy of this book for the purposes of reading and reviewing it. His association with Mepkin came through a connection he made the Self Knowledge Symposium a group of college students he leads, where he shares his spiritual insights.

Service and selflessness are at the heart of the 1,year-old monastic tradition’s remarkable business success. I had never even heard of this book before but it sounds like a great book to read after The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari.

Aira Bongco August 4, at I actually found myself more fascinated with his discussions of monastic life than some of the teachings Turak was putting forward. The monks have a vocation. Maybe there was some divine intervention for the author but this turned out to be surprisingly engaging, rather different and a bit of a good read to boot. I’m mnoks sure that Jack Welch of G. It is a more personal storybook-style, albeit a little awkwardly written and defocussed in trappisst – fortunately the subject is so different and engaging that these little niggles get overlooked.


The former estate of Henry and Clare Boothe Luce Henry Luce was the co-founder of Time magazine and the founder of Life and Fortune magazines; his wife was a playwright, congresswoman and ambassadorthe 3, acre property has been a second home to Turak for the past 17 years. Thanks again, august turak. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

If you like books and love to build cool products, we may be looking for you. This book is a good read, and tells the story of the monks and of his journey with them in a great way. Business is not so uncommon within religious orders either. From my book review blog at: You said something that struck me: Business success requires having the discipline to faithfully apply the right principles over a long period of time.

Benedict and its motto “ora et labora” pray and work. It is about giving more of the self and serving other people. InWess Roberts published “Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun,” an unlikely source of business strategies that intrigued many people. ISBNpages. Once a person learns how to do this, everything changes.

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