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. Jul 29, Chelsea Reid rated it it was amazing. Ilkka Pasanen rated it it was amazing Sep 12, He does and excellent job of bringing the mission of the monks into the business world. While I received it at no cost to yrappist, I am under no obligation to provide a positive review.

Purpose of every human life, is to be transformed from a selfish into a selfless person. I am neither a business person or a monk. People are happier when focused on the service of others first. Here the author takes businese 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 trappsit business experiences and case studies to bring forth an interesting and fresh viewpoint.

As a business executive and entrepreneur, I was struck by a simple question: He maintains that these principles of business or life, in my case will work regardl WOW! And every great leader knows that the more he focuses on making other people successfu l the more successful he becomes.

Jul 14, CarolynKost rated it it was amazing Shelves: Aug 09, Sam rated it it was amazing. As a freshman in college, I had the fortunate experience to hear August Turak speak on campus. 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 overarching mission that is worthy of being served, of being lived.


This book will be required reading in their high school years.

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It is about giving more of the self and serving other people. The vehicle he uses te 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.

But I have recommended this book to any person I know who is trying to run a business of any kind. Want to Read saving…. These examples are not always centered on businesses Turak has been involved in, but businesses he has encountered secondhand.

Fantastic post and comparison. Please explain how that worked in practice. I noticed right away that Turak’s book didn’t have an index.

More quotes from Goethe: Aug 24, Gail Welborn rated it it was amazing Shelves: Service and selflessness are at the heart of the 1,year-old monastic tradition’s remarkable business success.

This is certainly not your typical business book. August Turak August 6, at And we just kept trappisst from there. In some circles, this is still the rage. Quotes from Business Secrets Ed rated it really liked it Dec 29, My parishioners were glad when I finished it and stopped talking about it in sermons.

There is a lot more to this book than just business. That seems to be the key! Usually, I rant and rave when an index-less book is sent to me; in this case, I have the sneaky feeling that Turak left off the index because he wanted people to read his book, not scan the index.

Planning is a subset of execution, and one of the biggest mistakes most business people make is failing to understand the difference between mission and planning.


A Trappist monk of the Abbey of Gethsemani, Kentucky, he was a poet, social activist, and student of comparative religion. While putting principles and mission first and planning second is indeed unusual, it is hardly unique. 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.

You have distilled numerous business lessons from the Trappist Monks. Some business gurus seek to flatten a corporate hierarchy yet even monastic life has a necessary hierarchy of sorts. Enjoyed the book, many of the points that he makes are immediately applicable.

This is very different from most business ideals because this speaks more on personal growth. He demonstrates that monks and people like Warren Buffett are wildly successful not despite their high principles but because of them.

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

Nov 12, Lorna rated it it was amazing. I shattered my ankle in the dive, and by forcing me to face my own mortality the accident precipitated a personal crisis. 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.

Chuck rated it it was amazing Oct 23, No longer will those of us who truly enjoy a good intellectual discussion be wary of the linguistic barriers that hurl terminology at us like a thesaurus.