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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Character is perfectly educated will. - Novalis

Character is not what you are in the dark. - Unknown

Character, not circumstances, makes the man. - Booker T. Washington

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. - Henry David Thoreau

Only the prepared speaker deserves to be confident. - Dale Carnegie

Integrity is the one thing a leader cannot do without. - John C Maxwell

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

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. - John F Kennedy

Once you get rid of integrity the rest is a piece of cake. - Larry Hagman

The real character of a man is found out by his amusements. - Joshua Reynolds

If you don't have enemies, you don't have character. - Paul Newman

My ambition was to be successful, wherever that would lead me. - Joe Segal

The important things are children, honesty, integrity and faith. - Andy Williams

You can lead a man to Congress, but you can't make him think. - Milton Berle

You don't put skill on like a coat - you build it day by day. - Unknown

Unto ourselves our own life is necessary, unto others our character. - St. Augustine

The man who has confidence in himself gains the confidence of others. - Hasidic Proverb

Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong. - Peter T. Mcintyre

Whenever you find whole world against you just turn around and lead the world. - Unknown

Any lack of confidence in the economic future of the United States is foolish. - Herbert Hoover

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

If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere. - Frank A. Clark

Getting results through people is a skill that cannot be learned in the classroom. - J Paul Getty

We all lose our looks eventually, better develop your character and interest in life. - Jacqueline Bisset

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don't have integrity, nothing else matters. - Harvey Mackay

Leadership: The art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. - Dwight D Eisenhower

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

Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern but impossible to enslave. - Henry Brougham

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

A dinosaur out of context is like a character without a story. Worse than that, the character suffers from amnesia. - Jack Horner

Confidence is beautiful, no matter your size, no matter your weight. Be confident in who you are and you'll be beautiful. - Unknown

Misfortunes, untoward events, lay open, disclose the skill of a general, while success conceals his weakness, his weak points. - Horace

The workers' and peasants' government proposes to all warring peoples... negotiations leading to a just, democratic peace. - Lenin

From a shy, timid girl I had become a woman of resolute character, who could no longer be frightened by the struggle with troubles. - Anna Dostoevsky

The quality of a person's life is directly proportional to his commitment to excellence, regardless of his chosen field of endeavor. - Vince Lombardi

Every man, as to character, is the creature of the age in which he lives. Very few are able to raise themselves above the ideas of their times. - Voltaire

Regarded simply as a politician, and compared with the other leading political figures of our time, how clean a smell he has managed to leave behind. - Mahatma Gandhi


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