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7 Questions with Mark Plitzuweit

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7 Questions with Mark Plitzuweit

Name: Mark Plitzuweit

Current title: CEO

Current organization: Edkey, Inc.

27 years in education, holding multiple roles, from teaching kindergarten, teaching college courses, college president, traveling nationwide as a divisional DOE, to CEO of the most unique family of k-12 charter schools in the world.

7 Questions with Mark Plitzuweit


1. What have you found most challenging as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise?

Making sure the right employees are in the correct position for their skill sets, to meet the constantly changing needs of our customers

2. How did you become a CEO or executive of a large enterprise? Can you please briefly tell the story?

I have worked in education for over 27 years. It was a gradual climb, working through multiple positions, to get into my current CEO role. Professionalism, grit, and determination to provide the best educational opportunities for all students has been the focus since day 1

3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?

I enjoy the flexibility almost every day, doing what I can to be available for my teams. A set structure would disrupt that freedom and availability.

4. What's the most recent significant leadership lesson you've learned?

Remain calm in the storm, it will pass.

5. What's one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?

Make Your Bed by William H McRaven
I believe that by taking care of the little things, with attention to the details, the big things will fall into place.

6. How do you build leadership capacity in a large enterprise?

Identify team members' strengths and let them do their job. Areas of individual opportunity will always be the growth focus to build them up to the leaders that they can be.

7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise so far?

Hire people with the personality that fit on the team and help them develop the skills to be successful in their roles...and then get out of their way.

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