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


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Columbia Business School Publishing
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5.9 X 0.6 X 8.9 inches | 0.7 pounds
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About the Author

After a corporate career with companies like MTV, August Turak founded two highly successful software businesses, Raleigh Group International (RGI) and Elsinore Technologies. He received a B.A. in history from the University of Pittsburgh and is pursuing a Masters in theology at St. John's University, Minnesota. Turak's essay "Brother John" received the grand prize in the John Templeton Foundation's Power of Purpose essay contest. He has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Selling Magazine, the New York Times, and Business Week, and is a popular leadership contributor at His website is


I truly believe this book will improve not only your business but your life. Read it. Apply what you learn and then, in keeping with the very spirit of the book, pass it on to someone else.--Michael Keaton, actor
Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks is an eye-opening read. August Turak delivers a timely, insightful message about the power of purpose and the surprising ways that service can fuel success. The engaging narrative--which is grounded in Turak's rich, diverse experiences as an entrepreneur, corporate executive, and monastic guest--paints a picture of a path to profits that is both pioneering and provocative.--Adam Grant, author of Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success
This book is both quietly provocative and groundbreaking. With great simplicity, August Turak unlocks these monastic 'secrets' that go to the core of succeeding in an economic era in which authenticity and passion have become key. Who knew the monks had so many things right?--Tom Freston, former CEO of Viacom and MTV Networks
The Business Secrets of Trappist Monks is sure to be a business classic. It is a compelling and important tutorial on how to build authentically sustainable companies. August Turak's stories and examples are magical, yet the philosophical ideas they're founded on resonate with truth. It is a must read for the thoughtful executive.--Mark Booth, former chairman and CEO of NetJets Europe
This is an eloquent, powerful book that accentuates the power of trust and the surprising gift that selfless leadership can bring to institutions. August Turak expertly shows how Trappist ways and wisdom connect character to the art of leadership, and how this unique approach can be helpful in our current thinking about leadership, business, and the meaning of our own lives. New insights and ancient truth blend in this remarkable book by a remarkable teacher.--Will Willimon, Duke Divinity School and author of Sinning Like a Christian: A New Look at the Seven Deadly Sins
This is an inspirational book that presents a different view of business leadership and success that is important for serious and aspiring business leaders to take into consideration. August Turak also has a narrative voice that is both genuine and authoritative, and he has thoughtfully organized 'take-aways' throughout the book into lists that will be extremely useful for readers.--Lindsay Thompson, John Hopkins University- Carey Business School
The book is an inspirational, provocative and ground-breaking tour-de-force and should be required reading for business leaders and in business schools.--Ray Williams "Psychology Today "
Part philosophy, part economics, and very much about service The Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks will guide you to a better understanding of why you do what you do.--1-800-CEO-Read
A quite serious and often fascinating read.--Chief Executive
Turak has done an excellent job of identifying and articulating the homegrown and unique business model the Trappists use... interesting and unique... It's a book worth reading.--Cistercian Studies Quarterly