One CEO’s Quest for Meaning and Authenticity

Published by Columbia Business School Publishing

 Business Secrets of the Trappist MonksOne CEO’s Quest for Meaning and Authenticity, published by Columbia Business School Publishing, uses 1000 years of Trappist business success as well as August Turak’s own experience as a highly successful entrepreneur, to demonstrate that Trappist monks are not successful in business despite adhering to only the highest ethical values but because they do.

Paperback | 200 pages | 6 x 9 | July 9, 2013


I truly believe ‘Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks’ will improve not only your career but your life. Read it!

— Michael Keaton, actor
August Turak on his book: Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks

August Turak is a successful entrepreneur, corporate executive, and award-winning author who attributes much of his success to living and working alongside the Trappist monks of Mepkin Abbey since 1996. 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 heart of the 1,500-year-old monastic tradition’s remarkable business success. It is 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 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 like 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.