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About Mateja Zorko

Her friends always say that Mateja just doesn’t know how to stand still.

She first fell in love with the stage and performing when she was little, and she managed to find the time for radio and TV work even while she was studying at the university for her degree in education. It was during her student years that she started to feel increasingly drawn towards working in public relations. After graduation she found employment as an elementary school counselor while spending more and more of her afternoons working for the company MIK from Celje, Slovenia, the place where many of the stories that provided the inspiration for this book unfolded.

Working with children was something she would always return to. At the time this book was first published she was working as a counselor at one of the country’s largest secondary‑education institutions, which is also the home of a state‑of‑the‑art multimedia center. This way, she succeeded in marrying two of her greatest interests: working with the young and being actively involved with the media.

About Franci Pliberšek

Franci Pliberšek is a renowned speaker on management and corporate governance, a great patron of arts and a fan of adventure. But above all, he is a devoted husband and a father‑of‑three.

When this book first saw the light of day almost 300 families relied on the company he managed and owned for their daily bread. He was half‑way into his third decade of successfully managing his business and he had faced many decisions on which the prosperity and fate of his company, employees and their families and the local community depended. His impressive track record behind the wheel of MIK, one of his country’s leading door and window manufacturers and providers of glazing services, speaks volumes of his ability to make good choices.
He says his actions and decisions are based on the good old common sense. He began to cultivate his distinctive outlook on life and the world when he was studying architecture, and was heavily influenced by his numerous travels where he encountered and studied other cultures and, with each day that passed, he learnt from them about how to become a better person in business and his private life.

All the spheres of his life constantly meet and intertwine. He draws on his business experience and wisdom and successfully introduces them into culture and sports and from there into the local community and his social responsibility obligations, and then back to his family and business again. All of this is him, this is his life. He’s an active member of his local Rotary club and an assistant of the District 1912 Governor. His efforts and success are recognized by many; he was honored by the Distinguished Citizen of Celje award and he received national recognition for his business acumen in the form of an award by the Chamber of Commerce, affectionately known in his country as the ‘Oscar in Economics’. Under his leadership, the company MIK was one of the few Slovenian companies to earn the coveted Recognized for Excellence (R4E) award by the EFQM, formerly known as the European Foundation for Quality Management.