Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks by August Turak
One CEO's Quest for Meaning and Authenticity (Columbia Business School Publishing)

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Trappist monks don’t just make success happen, they let it happen through grace. The success of the Trappist monks lies in that kind of sincerity...I loved the book from beginning to end.
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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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After a highly successful corporate career with companies like MTV, August Turak began two software publishing business, Raleigh Group International (RGI) and Elsinore Technologies, that went on to win the Fast Fifty Award from KPMG and an award from Microsoft Corporation for rapid growth. He received a BA in history from the University of Pittsburgh and is pursuing a Masters in theology at St. John's University, Minnesota. Turak has been featured on National Public Radio and in the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Selling Magazine, the New York Times, and Business Week, and is a popular contributor at Forbes.com.
 
Published June 4, 2013 by Columbia University Press. 202 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Religion & Spirituality, Self Help, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Irenesroth on Jul 26 2013

Trappist monks don’t just make success happen, they let it happen through grace. The success of the Trappist monks lies in that kind of sincerity...I loved the book from beginning to end.

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Reviewed by pfaulhaber on Jun 19 2013

The book is a good read with many strong messages and lessons. There seems to be a lot of talk around the corporate water cooler these days about changing the corporate mindset. This could be one of those guiding books to do just that.

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