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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Please explain how that worked in practice. It is a more personal storybook-style, albeit a little awkwardly written and defocussed in places – fortunately the subject is so different and engaging that these little niggles get overlooked.

To some extent, this may be true. Jul 14, CarolynKost rated it it was amazing Shelves: In Business Secrets of the Trappists I use many other examples and case studies to demonstrate that, paradoxically, selflessness is the shortest path to business, professional, and personal success.

He then dives into each of these points in subsequent chapters. However these commitments served to pave the way to the particular shape of his success. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Excellence, then, is not a choice but a habit. This is a wonderful, thought-provoking and inspiring read for any organization, but for leaders, it is indispensable. While I received it at no cost to myself, I am under no obligation to provide a positive review. Turak frequented the Abbey as a monastic guest in need of spiritual refreshment.

Be the first to ask a question about Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks. Sscrets every great leader knows that the more he focuses on making other people successfu l the more successful he becomes.


Ilkka Pasanen rated it it was amazing Sep 12, Promotions take care of themselves. We just kept hustling until we finally stumbled on a small company with a great product that needed some help in sales and marketing which matched our businews sets. Jun 28, Darren rated it really liked it.

Open Preview See a Problem? The delivery of the message is where Turak differs from others. Offering people transformative experiences. So what is it exactly that Turak has learned from the monks?

Quotes from Business Secrets 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 monos do in the workplace; it is imperative. Sep monkw, David Kinchen rated it it was amazing.

Hearing his story is part of the fun and of course he makes you wish you knew a bunch of Trappist monks. This reviewer was curiously sceptical as to whether this book could possibly work or not. We also grew produce that we sold at a roadside stand to tourists and locals. It has been through history and the greatest fiction writers that I have learned many secrets to the human heart that have proven so invaluable in business.

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

The Trappist tradition is over years old as, as the monks regularly reminded Turak, you have to trust the process. The monks have a vocation.

I think this applies to life in general. The main thing he emphasizes is self-less service–putting others before profits, and being trustworthy. Thank you so much for your review, Susan. From my book review blog at: He wants to help business people translate monastic style commitment to their organizations. Susan Payton August 5, at 1: We often learn the most powerful lessons where and when we least expect it. Aug 24, Gail Welborn rated it it was amazing Shelves: An interesting and thought provoking book.


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. Skip to secondary content. No trivia or quizzes yet. He demonstrates that monks and people like Warren Buffett are wildly successful not despite their high principles but because of them.

Aug 06, Bert Edens rated it really liked it Shelves: Via NetGalley, Columbia Business School Publishing provided me with a copy of this book for the purposes of reading and reviewing it.

Turak also introduces other “transformational organizations” that share the crucial monastic business strategies so critical for success. As a Customer Support Manager, I am always looking for better ways to serve our customers, and this book seemed at first glance to fit the bill.

He does and excellent job of bringing the mission rrappist the monks into the business world. August Turak August 5, at So it seems natural that Turak can appropriate their insights and experience to the workplace.