Pushing the Envelope

Erika Petrelli
Erika Petrelli

Conceptual image of white opened door. Perspective

It’s always been important to me to push the envelope beyond what is and explore the realm of what isn’t yet. I love the question “what IF….?”, not when it’s followed by a doom and gloom scenario (What if we lose all of our funding? What if they hate our programs? What if I get eaten by a shark??), but rather when it’s followed by magical and preposterous idea (What if I moved to Indiana? What if we actually wrote a weekly blog? What if we had weekly internal trainings? What if we turned this closet space into a place trainers could come and get supplies? What if all these separate programs combined into one department?)

The Trainer Room, Popcorn**, LP Classroom, The Programming Department, Wings & Whimsy and our national publications through BOOST and NAA, The Difficult Conversations Wheel, the position of Field Supervisor…. I love imagining a “what if…” and then seeing it come to life.  And better yet, seeing it take a life of its own, beyond what I ever could have imagined, once others get their magical hands on it. And I love to be a co-conspirator on someone else’s “What If…?”, like working with Christine to bring Leadership In Action (formerly Pathways To Leadership) to life, or working with Wendell to turn a sale into reality by writing the “Organized for Life” curriculum. 

Everything is made up before it’s real.

Everything is scary before it’s hum drum.

And EVERYTHING is possible; we just only need imagine it first.

(**author’s note: Blonka came up with the name for Popcorn, just to be clear!  I’m not taking credit for the naming.  😉 )


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Erika Petrelli

By Erika Petrelli

Erika Petrelli is the Senior Vice President of Leadership Development (and self-declared Minister of Mischief) for The Leadership Program, a New York City-based organization. With a Masters degree in Secondary Education, Erika has been in the field of teaching and training for decades, and has been with The Leadership Program since 1999. There she has the opportunity to nurture the individual leadership spirit in both students and adults across the country, through training, coaching, keynotes, and writing. The legacy Erika strives daily to create is to be the runway upon which others take flight. If you enjoy these blogs, you should check out her interactive journal, On Wings & Whimsy: Finding the Extraordinary Within the Ordinary, now available for sale on Amazon. While her work takes her all around the country, Erika calls Indiana home.