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August Turak
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. He shares those secrets in his first book: Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks: One CEO's Quest for Meaning and Authenticity.

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

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Entries by August Turak

9 Principles for Building an Authentic Business

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 6:13 PM

I started my company because, I wanted to know whether a company built on the principles of service and selflessness could really work. And, perhaps most importantly, I wanted to show our nascent community what could be accomplished if a group of high-minded individuals were willing to make the kind...

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10 Ways to Succeed in Any Job

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 5:32 PM

We often switch between leader and follower many times in a single day, and success in any job depends just as much on being a great follower as it does on being a great leader. Here are 10 ways to do just that:

  1. Seize the Initiative: Today's leader desperately needs...
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11 Lessons on How to Get and Maintain Trust

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 10:05 AM

Sooner or later every executive realizes that 99 percent of the people she depends on for success don't report to her. The success of every CEO depends far more on vendors, stockholders, board members, regulators, politicians, strategic partners, the financial community, the media, and customers than it does on the...

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A Trappist Monk and the Key to Success

(0) Comments | Posted July 4, 2013 | 2:43 PM

For the last 17 years I have had the privilege of living and working alongside the Trappist monks of Mepkin Abbey in Monck's Corner, South Carolina as a frequent monastic guest. And I always enjoyed Father Leonard's fiery homilies at Mass; not just for their erudition, but for his keen...

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Hitting the Wall: Why Careers Stall and What to Do About It

(1) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 5:47 PM

I was interviewing for my first management position with a major corporation, and going in I was supremely confident. So far I'd gotten every job I'd ever pitched, and I saw no reason why this time would be any different. Within a few minutes the executive sitting across the desk...

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