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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Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See trzppist Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks: August Turak is a successful entrepreneur, corporate executive, and award-winning tne who attributes much of secretss 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 August Turak is a successful entrepreneur, corporate executive, and award-winning author who attributes sevrets of his success to living and working alongside the Trappist monks of Mepkin Abbey for seventeen years. Secretw and selflessness are at the heart of the 1,year-old monastic tradition’s remarkable business success.
It is an ancient though immensely relevant seccrets 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 trapplst 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. Hardcoverpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Business Secrets of the Trappist Monksplease sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks. Lists with This Book. Aug 24, Gail Welborn rated it it was amazing Shelves: Quite a bit says August Turak, successful author, corporate executive and software entrepreneur in his tell all book, Business Secrets of the Trappist Mon.
Turak frequented the Abbey as a monastic guest in need of spiritual refreshment. Nov 12, Lorna rated it it was amazing. I am neither a business person or a monk. I am a stay-at-home mom who is home educating two daughters.
This book will be required reading in their high school years. The personal insight and directed purpose of this book is fabulous! It is an introspective look at what makes people tick and everyone can benefit from what this man has learned on his journey.
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I would only argue with the author on one point. He maintains that these principles of business or life, in my case will work regardl WOW! He maintains that these principles of business or life, in my case will work regardless of your faith in God.
To some extent, this may be true. But, “faith alone,” is not enough. We must have faith is something that actually has the power to affect the outcome. That is my personal bias. But I have recommended this book to any person I know who is trying to run a business of any kind. Our world would be a much better and richer place if more businesses were run this way.
Sep 09, David Kinchen rated it it was amazing. One CEO’s Quest for Meaning and Authenticity” could serve as a summary of the monastic way of life and the secret to the monks’ business success, writes Turak on Page of a book that is both a memoir and a trappiat of information businwss can transform your life.
It’s also a movi “Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Trappiet also a moving account of his friendship with the Trappist monks at Mepkin Abbey. InWess Roberts published “Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun,” an unlikely source of business strategies that intrigued many people. I’m pretty sure that Jack Welch of G. Today you can even get an iPhone app: The former estate of Henry and Clare Boothe Luce Henry Luce was the co-founder of Time magazine and the founder of Life and Fortune magazines; his wife was a playwright, congresswoman and ambassadorthe 3, acre property has been a second home to Turak for the past 17 years.
As a frequent monastic guest, he learned firsthand from ths Trappist monks as they grew an incredibly successful portfolio of businesses. Combining prayer and work, including sorting the eggs from the thousands of hens on the site, Turak learned the principles of authenticity and customer service that made the abbey self-sustaining.
Gusiness part of Turak’s book about gathering and sorting eggs resonated with the present reviewer, a son of the soil. Born in in Van Buren County, Mich. We also rtappist produce that we busienss at a roadside stand to tourists and locals. Combining case studies from his thirty-year business career with intimate portraits of the monks at work, Secfets 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 successful not despite of their high principles but because of them. Along with the business insights revealed by Turak are sercets experiences from his own life, including the death of one of his brothers secretx a snowmobile accident and his own scary experience skydiving. 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.
Finally sickened physically and mentally by the chemotherapy he was undergoing at Sloan-Kettering in New York City, Francis told the doctors he was going home. Merton was an Anglo-American Catholic writer buisness mystic. A Trappist monk of the Abbey of Gethsemani, Kentucky, he was a poet, social activist, and student of comparative religion.
I noticed right away that Turak’s book didn’t have an index. Usually, I rant and rave when an index-less book is sent to me; in this case, I have the ov feeling that Turak left off the index because he wanted people to read his book, not scan the index. A good choice, Augie! In a world of unread and often unreadable business books, August Turak’s “Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks” stands out as ghe book that will be read and re-read. More quotes from Goethe: Oct 05, James rated it really liked it Shelves: There was a time when the church mined the business shelf for wisdom businees managing ministries, leadership and growing your church.
In some circles, this is still the rage. August Turak appears to be attempting to do the reverse. Of course, the monks ar There was a time when the church mined the business traappist for wisdom on managing ministries, leadership and growing your church.
His association with Mepkin came through a connection he made the Self Knowledge Symposium a group of college students he leads, where he shares his spiritual insights. He went for a weekend retreat after a student of his had been spending his time volunteering there.
That began his long relationship with the monks.
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So secrefs is it exactly that Turak has learned from the monks? The content of this book is not significantly different from any other business self-help book.
He wants to help business people translate monastic style commitment to their organizations. His spiritual commitments and personal commitments to running the SKS has often meant that he has had to forgo opportunities.
However these commitments served to pave the way to the particular shape of his success. Hearing his story is part of the fun and of course he makes you wish you knew a bunch of Trappist monks. So it seems natural that Turak can appropriate their insights and experience to the workplace. I enjoyed this book but I am not sure what I will take from it. tge
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Secularizing the insights from the monastery means reducing the spiritual insights trappit religious commitments of the monks into something useful for everyone. The monks have a vocation.
So do business people. They can learn from each other, but their distinctive call is busjness greatest gift to the world. The former may be worthwhile, but is temporal. I would have difficulty committing to my current organization in the business world with the same tenacity that monks devote secrtes to God.
I give this book four stars and think that if you like quasi-spiritual business books, you likely will love this one. Jun 28, Darren rated frappist really liked it. This is a title that will stop you momentarily as you scan through a shelf of books. What do Trappist monks have to do with business? Is this some form of ecclesiastical wordplay? Yet the world of work is key to the rule of St.
Benedict and its motto “ora et labora” pray and work. 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 This is a title that will stop you momentarily as you scan through a shelf of books. Here the author takes an insider’s view of monastic businees, acquired through a year association as a frequent guest of the monks of Mepkin Abbey in South Carolina, USA and weaves this trappiwt with business experiences and case studies to bring forth an interesting and fresh viewpoint.
The relatively-enclosed nature of a monastery reinforces the necessity of cooperation and community cohesion and this can in turn be an essential “corporate lubricant” that is often missing in many businesses. Some business gurus seek to flatten a corporate hierarchy yet even monastic life has a te hierarchy of sorts.
Determination towards a common series of goals can have a trappits cohesive, beneficial effect. 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.