If secular businesses took a page from the Rule of St. Benedict, they too might develop the drive and discipline necessary to thrive for more than 1,500 years, writes entrepreneur August Turak in a look at the business practices of monks. Monks make great businessmen, Turak argues, because everything they do has a higher purpose, and profits are just one measure for success, not success itself. Purpose creates a workplace with high ethical standards, rigid quality controls and implicit trust among workers, Turak says.

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