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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Ironically the last thing on my mind on my first trip to Mepkin was Trappist business success or even my own.

I give this book four stars and think that if you like quasi-spiritual business books, you likely will love this one. Every Trappist lesson in my book should be applied to our personal lives as well, and I continually repeat that mantra. A businesss choice, Augie! This reviewer was curiously sceptical as to whether this book could possibly work or not.

Learn the Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks

Nothing builds trust better that anticipating your obligations and delivering on them without being asked. Is this some form of ecclesiastical wordplay? Be the first to ask a question about Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks.

That began his long relationship with the monks. 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. The delivery of the message is where Turak differs from others. While the mission of the monastery is to serve God, sometimes the mission of a company ends up being secrfts. When corporations do the same profits take care of themselves.


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

Egg production was the commercial powerhouse of the Abbey with over 40, hens literally sitting on a veritable production line, until they switched gears and moved to mushroom production after alleged controversial practices were highlighted by an animal welfare group in the late s.

More quotes from Goethe: However these commitments served to pave the way to the particular shape of his success. Among others, Zig Ziglar had a similar message when he said you can have anything you want in life by helping others get what they want. Ava Cristi August 7, at 4: Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Jun 13, Erin M rated it liked it. I was particularly moved by his account of his friendship with Mepkin’s youthful abbot Father Francis Kline and Father Francis’ fight against a form of cancer called lymphoma.

A few months later I discovered that one of my Duke students was spending the summer as a monastic guest at Mepkin Abbey. His time spent living and working alongside the monks gave him a unique opportunity to observe their way of life and learn from them. An interesting and thought provoking book.

Subscribe to our Newsletter Submit. 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. I was searching for psychological and spiritual solace.

He went for a weekend retreat after a student of his had been spending his time volunteering there. Learning how to read a financial statement is relatively easy. Email this Article Print This Article.

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 thd for the necessity of having a lofty overarching mission that is worthy 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 businwss it is imperative.


The author has extensive experience in all levels of management over the last thirty-plus years, and while his involvement with Mepkin Abbey spans only seventeen years, he uses many examples from his past to show how putting the customer first has led to positive results.

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 secrsts forth an interesting and fresh viewpoint.

Learn the Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Even though we haven’t spoken in years, his recent book, Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks, continues to call me to the challenge of seeking the knowledge to lead a life worth living.

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.