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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For August Turak, he surprisingly uncovered strategies and techniques he could apply to the business world in Mepkin Abbey, a Trappist monastery in the heart of South Carolina. But how can business owners apply these concepts to their own work? He then dives into each of these points in subsequent chapters. While the mission of the monastery is to serve God, sometimes the mission of a company ends up being fluff. Not, says Turak, because the mission is too lofty or abstract, but because the people in charge of drafting missions tend to lack the commitment and imagination to make them alive.

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 monsk most important priority every organization must have. Turak ends the book by talking about how the monks are committed to their lifestyle, and stresses the importance of entrepreneurs and businesspeople acting the same in their worlds.


He says that commitment is dynamic, and should be ongoing:. He provides many examples of companies doing just that, from the Marines to local credit unions. The very fact that this book focuses where no other book does for inspiration a monastery spins the conventional business book on its head.

I, for one, enjoyed the refreshing breeze that wafted up from Mepkin Abbey, which subsists by selling oyster mushrooms, garden compost and eggs to pay the mokns. Thank you so much for your review, Susan.

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. Glad you added one to your list. I think this applies to life in general. It is about giving more trappidt the self and serving other people.

Once a person learns how to do this, everything changes. His business becomes successful and the overall condition of his life becomes better.

How One CEO Learned a Lot of Business Secrets From a Trappist Monk

Every Trappist lesson in my book should be applied to our personal lives as well, and I continually repeat that mantra. Of course i appreciate a good review, but what I appreciate even more is one that demonstrates and articulates so well the message I am trying to pass along for others to benefit by. Thanks again, august turak. Fantastic post and comparison. Monks are among some of the most disciplined people in the world.


If we business owners can follow their example and learn to b as committed, consistent and as disciplined our business would be thriving by leaps and bounds. Thanks for sharing your insights and thoughts with our bizsugar community. This is very different from most business ideals because this speaks more on personal growth.

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