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The business secrets of the Trappist monks : one CEO's quest for meaning and authenticity / August Turak.

By: Turak, August [author.].
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Publisher: New York : Columbia Business School Publishing, [2013]Copyright date: ©2013Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 182 pages).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780231535229; 0231535228.Subject(s): Business ethics -- United States | Success in business -- United StatesAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Business secrets of the Trappist monks.DDC classification: 174/.4 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
The economic miracle of Mepkin Abbey -- What we all really want -- The end of selfishness -- Goat rodeos and the transformational organization -- Mission -- Selflessness and community -- Excellence for the sake of excellence -- Ethical standards, or, why good things happen for good people -- Faith -- The power of trust -- Self-knowledge and authenticity -- Living the life.
Summary: "In addition to his work as an entrepreneur, corporate executive, and consultant, for the last sixteen 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 thirty 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"--Provided by publisher.
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The economic miracle of Mepkin Abbey -- What we all really want -- The end of selfishness -- Goat rodeos and the transformational organization -- Mission -- Selflessness and community -- Excellence for the sake of excellence -- Ethical standards, or, why good things happen for good people -- Faith -- The power of trust -- Self-knowledge and authenticity -- Living the life.

"In addition to his work as an entrepreneur, corporate executive, and consultant, for the last sixteen 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 thirty 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"--Provided by publisher.

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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 Forbes.com. His website is www.augustturak.com.

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