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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I was playing a character. - Paris Hilton

Humor comes from self-confidence. - Rita Mae Brown

Confidence comes from being prepared. - John Wooden

Lead the audience by the nose to the thought. - Laurence Olivier

Logic is the art of going wrong with confidence. - Joseph Krutch

Greatness is a road leading towards the unknown. - Charles de Gaulle

Appropriate rules cultivate a disciplined character. - Bill Welker

The only way I can get a leading-man role is if I write it. - John Cleese

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

Dogs are getting bigger, according to a leading dog manufacturer. - Leo Rosten

Underneath this flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character. - Oscar Levant

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

Nothing of character is really permanent but virtue and personal worth. - Daniel Webster

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

When the blind lead the blind, no wonder they both fall into matrimony. - George Farquhar

The confidence of ignorance will always overcome indecision of knowledge. - Unknown

Only daring speculation can lead us further and not accumulation of facts. - Albert Einstein

Excellence is not a singular act but a habit. You are what you do repeatedly. - Shaquille O'Neal

Leadership is at its best making promises to the people... and then keeping them. - Unknown

Actions, looks, words and steps form the alphabet by which you may spell character. - Johann Kasper Lavater

Confidence is like a dragon where, for every head cut off, two more heads grow back. - Criss Jami

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

This I conceive to be the chemical function of humor: to change the character of our thought. - Lin Yutang

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

Who aims at excellence will be above mediocrity; who aims at mediocrity will be far short of it. - Burmese Saying

The lead car is absolutely, truly unique, except for the one behind it which is exactly identical. - Murray Walker

Character is that which reveals moral purposes, exposing the class of things man chooses or avoids. - Aristotle

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

Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live, as well as strong to think. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

You've got to take the initiative and play your game. In a decisive set, confidence is the difference. - Chris Evert

Leadership is the special quality which enables people to stand up and pull the rest of us over the horizon. - James L Fisher

When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature. - Ernest Hemingway

I wouldn't describe myself as lacking in confidence, but I would say that the ghosts you chase you never catch. - John Malkovich

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

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

When it comes to housework the one thing no book of household management can ever tell you is how to begin. Or maybe I mean why. - Katharine Whitehorn

Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right path, the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands. - Anne Frank

There is a difference between conceit and confidence. Conceit is bragging about yourself. Confidence means you believe you can get the job done. - Johnny Unitas

Thirteen roadways lead through life
To thirteen doors of death,
Homeward from foolish fears and strife
We float on failing breath. - Tao

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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16-Jul-2018