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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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What We All Really Want

What We All Really Want

(p.15) 2 What We All Really Want
Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks

August Turak

Columbia University Press

This chapter examines how we can apply the monastic model to our secular organizations in order to reverse the tide of employee disengagement by asking what we all really want from our lives, careers, and businesses, and why we are having so much trouble finding it. It first considers the concept of employee engagement and the role of engagement in the remarkable economic success of Mepkin Abbey and of Trappist monasteries all over the world. It then describes the concept of “dollar votes” in sales and marketing and proceeds by discussing the ideas of Joseph Campbell as articulated in his book The Hero with a Thousand Faces. More specifically, it explores what Campbell calls Hero's Journey as a transformational journey from selfishness to selflessness. The chapter also outlines three types of transformation: transformation of condition, transformation of circumstance, and transformation of being.

Keywords:   employee engagement, Mepkin Abbey, Trappist monasteries, dollar votes, Joseph Campbell, Hero's Journey, selfishness, selflessness, transformation

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