How Lisa Petkovsek (CPA, CMA, MBA) Pivoted from a Promising Finance Career and Became a Career Coach | A Leader’s Journey Interview

Lisa Petkovsek has a lot of letters after her name, especially for someone her age. She was building a strong career in a well-regarded and lucrative field. In the end, it wasn’t enough to make her stay.

We lose track of what we imagined our lives to be. When you’re a kid, you have this grand view of how life is supposed to be, and…it’s important to go back to that and remind yourself that life can be amazing and incredible and exciting. Settling is a choice, which is really difficult to come to terms with when you’re in that place.

Lisa Petkovsek, on losing sight of what we really want to do and be in life

Despite going down a long, challenging academic and professional path, she discovered that life was just too short to be unhappy at work. A couple of years ago, Lisa came to a stunning realization: what she really wanted to do was become a career coach. This massive shift would lead her to exchanging the world of money and numbers for that of personal growth, self-discovery, and helping others create careers they could be truly satisfied with.

After attending the Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching and completing their flagship Coach Training Program, she has since switched gears to become an entrepreneur. Her company, Career Balance Coaching, helps high-achieving professionals make life-changing transitions (much like her own). She recently sat down with me to discuss her previous career in finance, the tough moments she experienced including a significant decline in her mental health, and the pivot to becoming her own boss in a whole new field.

How Nate Saunders Became a World-Class Basketball Referee | A Leader’s Journey Interview

An internationally-certified FIBA basketball official, Nate Saunders is one of the best and brightest young referees in Canada (but he’s probably too modest to tell you!). He’s also just a really awesome guy.

You’ve got to fail to grow. And I’m not saying you go out there and screw this up, but you grow from failure. There’s no growth without failure, I don’t think. You need to be able to develop resilience through failure.

Nate Saunders, on the value of failure

Now making regular appearances on the world stage, he’s on the verge of potentially going straight to the top of his field in the next few years (the 2020 Olympics is not that far away!). Even the NBA has noticed Nate, which you’ll read more about a little later!

For all the talent that he’s got on the court, he is equally special off of it. I sat down recently with him and picked his brain about his journey, his thoughts on leadership, and what’s made him a world-class performer just as he’s entering his 30’s.