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Business Secrets of the Trappist MonksOne CEO's Quest for Meaning and Authenticity$
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August Turak

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231160629

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231160629.001.0001

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The Economic Miracle of Mepkin Abbey

The Economic Miracle of Mepkin Abbey

(p.1) 1 The Economic Miracle of Mepkin Abbey
Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks

August Turak

Columbia University Press

This chapter reveals the secret behind the business success of the Trappist monks of Mepkin Abbey. Located just outside Charleston, South Carolina, Mepkin Abbey is now a sanctuary for twenty-five or so Trappist monks living a life of contemplative prayer according to the Rule of St. Benedict. The author of this book visited the monastery for the first time in 1996, and has been returning to Mepkin ever since, sometimes for months at a time, as a monastic guest. The text explains why monastic businesses have thrived for more than 1,500 years when modern corporate success is so fleeting; how monks compete very successfully in the open market while maintaining only the highest ethical standards and commitment to quality; and how we can apply Trappist techniques to secular corporations, nonprofits, families, and even our personal lives with equally amazing results. The book cites service and selflessness as the reasons for Mepkin Abbey's economic miracle. It shows that if we are willing to learn from the monks, we can do the same.

Keywords:   business success, Trappist monks, Mepkin Abbey, Rule of St. Benedict, monastic business, service, selflessness, quality

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