Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks: One CEO's Quest for Meaning and Authenticity

Paperback | April 21, 2015

byAugust Turak

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August Turak is a successful entrepreneur, corporate executive, and award-winning author who attributes much of his success to living and working alongside the Trappist monks of Mepkin Abbey for seventeen years. As a frequent monastic guest, he learned firsthand from the monks as they grew an incredibly successful portfolio of businesses.

Service and selflessness are at the heart of the 1,500-year-old monastic tradition's remarkable business success. 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. 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. He demonstrates that monks and people like Warren Buffett are wildly successful not despite their high principles but because of them. Turak also introduces other "transformational organizations" that share the crucial monastic business strategies so critical for success.

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August Turak is a successful entrepreneur, corporate executive, and award-winning author who attributes much of his success to living and working alongside the Trappist monks of Mepkin Abbey for seventeen years. As a frequent monastic guest, he learned firsthand from the monks as they grew an incredibly successful portfolio of busines...

After a corporate career with companies like MTV, August Turak founded two highly successful software businesses, Raleigh Group International (RGI) and Elsinore Technologies. He received a B.A. in history from the University of Pittsburgh and is pursuing a Masters in theology at St. John's University, Minnesota. Turak's essay "Brother...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:April 21, 2015Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231160631

ISBN - 13:9780231160636

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Table of Contents

Preface1. The Economic Miracle of Mepkin Abbey2. What We All Really Want3. The End of Selfishness4. Goat Rodeos and the Transformational Or ga ni za tion5. Mission6. Selflessness and Community7. Excellence for the Sake of Excellence8. Ethical Standards, or, Why Good Things Happen for Good People9. Faith10. The Power of Trust11. Self- knowledge and Authenticity12. Living the Life

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Turak has done an excellent job of identifying and articulating the homegrown and unique business model the Trappists use? interesting and unique? It's a book worth reading.