Contemplative Commerce

Business Secrets of the Trappist MonksOne CEO's Quest for Meaning and AuthenticityAugust TurakColumbia Business School PublishingThe motto of Benedictine spirituality is ora et labora — a deceptively simple Latin phrase that means "to pray and to work." A variation of it, ora est labora, means "to pray is to work" — a sentiment handily embodied in the Latin words, where ora is actually part of labora. Prayer and work: the heart of Benedictine spirituality, and by extension, the heart of … [Read more...]

LaserMonks

LaserMonks: The Business Story Nine Hundred Years in the Making By Sarah Caniglia and Cindy Griffith New York: McGraw-Hill, 2008 Review by Carl McColmanSome years ago, the management world discovered Sun-Tzu's The Art of War. This sixth-century Chinese treatise on military strategy considers not only the logistics of conflict, but also the psychology of winning; as such, it has transcended its soldierly origins to become a classic source of inspiration for the corporate boardroom as well as … [Read more...]


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