New Manager’s Crisis Envelopes

How to prepare for the next crisis


A new manager spends a week at his new office with the manager he is replacing. On the last day the departing manager tells him, “I have left three numbered envelopes in the desk drawer. Open an envelope if you encounter a crisis you can’t solve.”


Three months down the road there is a major drama, everything goes wrong - the usual stuff - and the manager feels very threatened by it all. He remembers the parting words of his predecessor and opens the first envelope. The message inside says, “Blame your predecessor!” He does and gets off the hook.

About half a year later, the company is experiencing a dip in sales, combined with serious product problems. The manager quickly opens the second envelope. The message read, “Reorganize!” This he does, and the company quickly rebounds.

Three months later, at his next crisis, he opens the third envelope. The message inside says, “Prepare three envelopes.”


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Lead, follow, or get out of the way. - Thomas Paine

Confidence comes from being prepared. - John Wooden

Character is what you think in the dark. - Dwight L. Moody

Wiping out is an underappreciated skill. - Laird Hamilton

Guitar players never listen to lead singers. - Steven Tyler

Sports do not build character; they reveal it. - Unknown

Management is nothing more than motivating people. - Lee Iacocca

Character is not given to us; we build it ourselves. - Mabel Hale

When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece. - Unknown

I have nothing but confidence in you. And very little of that. - Groucho Marx

It is easy to be nice, even to an enemy - from lack of character. - Dag Hammarskjold

It is of little traits that the greatest human character is composed. - William Winter

Leaders inspire. They aren't assigned leadership. They command it. - Dr. Phil McGraw

Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things. - Peter F Drucker

The President is going to lead us out of this recovery. It will happen. - Dan Quayle

The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes. - Tony Blair

I was always a character actor: I just looked like Little Red Riding Hood. - Paul Newman

The world may take your reputation from you, but it cannot take your character. - Emma Dunham Kelley

Leadership is not something you do to people; it is something you do for people. - Ken Blanchard

You can only go as high on the leadership ladder as your character will allow you. - John C Maxwell

Many a man's reputation would not know his character if they met on the street. - Elbert Hubbard

Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character. - James Russel Lowell

As long as I can wear a wig I can be any character, and in real life I can be myself. - Ginnifer Goodwin

Life is like a dogsled team. If you ain't the lead dog, the scenery never changes. - Lewis Grizzard

Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Be your character what it will, it will be known, and nobody will take it upon your word. - Lord Chesterfield

People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

While waiting for a Moses to lead us into the promised land, we have forgotten how to walk. - Wendell Johnson

You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him. - Malcolm S Forbes

Great acting is being able to create a character. Great character is being able to be yourself. - John Leguizamo

The real test of your character is your treatment of those who can be of no possible service to you. - Unknown

The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty. - Zig Ziglar

Leadership is getting someone to do what they don't want to do, to achieve what they want to achieve. - Tom Landry

Perseverance alone does not assure success. No amount of stalking will lead to game in a field that has none. - I Ching

By my count, more business leaders have failed and derailed because of arrogance than any other character flaw. - Harvey Mackay

Many training programs and often schools focus on just a skill or a kind of work competency. That's only half the equation. - Gerald Chertavian

Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend. - Albert Camus

The formulation of a problem is often more essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skill. - Albert Einstein

Do not train boys to learning by force and harshness, but lead them by what amuses them, so that they may better discover the bent of their minds. - Plato

A healthy, if well-concealed, respect for one's own capabilities is essential, but it should never lead to underestimating those of the opponent. - Jack Nicklaus


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