Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks

  • by August Turak
  • Narrated by August Turak
  • 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In addition to his work as an entrepreneur, corporate executive, and consultant, for the last 16 years August Turak worked alongside the Trappist monks of Mepkin Abbey, watching firsthand as they undertook new enterprises and sustained an incredibly successful business practice.
Service and selflessness are at the heart of this 1,500-year-old monastic tradition’s remarkable business success, an ancient though immensely relevant economic model that preserves what is positive and productive about capitalism while transcending its ethical limitations and internal contradictions. Combining the lessons he's learned from 30 years of business experience with intimate portraits of the monks at work, Turak shows how Trappist principles have been successfully applied in a variety of business settings. He demonstrates how the monks and such agnostics as Warren Buffett are wildly successful not despite their fanatical commitment to the highest principles but because of them. Turak also points to other transformational organizations that share critical components of the abbey’s philosophy conducive to success.

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Succeed in Business without Losing your Soul

Do you consider business writing heartless at worst, and boring at best? August Turak will change your mind. The rather wildly successful Turak takes his lessons from the monks of the Mepkin Abbey and shows how he brought them to work in his business... Fascinating.

What I found especially gratifying were the peeks into the cycles of monastic life. Turak has a keen sense of what motivates and drives people and you see it in his observations here; planting, harvesting, meditation, meals, and also the personalities of the monks who lived there.

Turak narrates himself and does a wonderful job of conveying his interest in the subject and regard for the people he's written about.
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- Susie "I'm Audible's first Editor-at-Large, the host of In Bed with Susie Bright -- and a longtime author, editor, journo, and bookworm. I listen to audio when I'm cooking, playing cards, knitting, going to bed, waking up, driving, and putting other people's kids to bed! My favorite audiobooks, ever, are: "True Grit" and "The Dog of the South.""

Sage advice wrapped in an engrossing story

This was my 2nd listen though I expect not my last. I read quite a few business books as well as spiritual books and this one manages to bring those two worlds together better than any other I have read.

A powerful business book on it's own right, Turak compels the listener with a central theme of service and selflessness as discovered through the monastic tradition. The discussion of the heroes journey and how organizational leaders can tap into the innate desire for transformation is particularly excellent.
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- David Voelker

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-08-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios