The Life-Changing Leadership Secrets of The Trappist Monks

Posted by on Mar 12, 2014 in Terry Starbucker | 0 comments

more-human-podcastOn the latest edition of The More Human Podcast,  my guest is August Turak, a successful entrepreneur, corporate executive, and award winning author of the recent book: Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks – One CEO’s Quest for Meaning and Authenticity”.

August has a fascinating story to tell – he discovered these secrets while living and working alongside the Trappist monks of Mepkin Abbey in South Carolina for 17 years.  As a frequent monastic guest, he learned firsthand from the monks as they grew an incredibly successful portfolio of businesses.

AugustTurakAt its heart, the book is about an ancient, but still immensely relevant,  “more human” economic model that the monks have been practicing for 1,500 years –  service and selflessness, coming from the Rule of St. Benedict (written in 540 AD).

It’s a transformative model, one that holds many extraordinary leadership secrets  – lessons we talk about in the podcast.

More than anything else, it’s about the joy that can be found in the journey itself.  One of my favorite quotes in the book is by Confucius:

I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.

Other Highlights:

  • Why August drove through the gates of the Mepkin Abbey in 1996
  • How his observations of service and selflessness led to a popular Forbes article, and then the book
  • How to “aim past the target” to a higher purpose
  • The big difference between having a mission and having a plan
  • Why having a coach and mentor is so important to your mission
  • Why leadership has to be about something “worth doing”
  • The essential task of leadership 
  • What really made Darth Vader evil
  • How leadership success relies on keeping promises- even the smallest ones.
  • What the Monks and Warren Buffet have in common

trappist monksIf you are looking for ways to move your leadership to the next level, and go for greatness, don’t miss this podcast, and then read August’s book.

My continuing thanks to the folks at Pagatim in Portland for a great recording session at their studio, and for the upload services. (Here’s a link to the podcast if you can’t see or use the embed below)

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