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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Fate is character. - William Winter

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

Behind leadership there is always a person. - Unknown

Confidence is the hinge on the door to success. - Mary O'Hare Dumas

Life always takes on the character of its motive. - J.G. Holland

Lots of folks confuse bad management with destiny. - Kin Hubbard

Management is nothing more than motivating people. - Lee Iacocca

Character is a diamond that scratches every other stone. - Cyrus A. Bartol

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

Character is the root of the tree; conduct, the fruit it bears. - E.M. Bounds

Nothing shows a man's character more than what he laughs at. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Talent is formed in solitude, character in the bustle of the world. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

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

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

The true test of a man's character is what he does when no one is watching. - John Wooden

Making mistakes reveals human nature. How one deals with them reveals character. - Unknown

Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence. - Vince Lombardi

You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jellybeans. - Ronald Reagan

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

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

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

No dignity, no learning, no force of character, can make any stand against good wit. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts. - James Allen

The heart of good leadership is sacrifice. If you want to grow an organization - grow leaders. - John C Maxwell

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

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope or confidence. - Helen Keller

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

One who understands much displays a greater simplicity of character than one who understands little. - Alexander Chase

Ninety-two percent of the stuff told you in confidence you couldn't get anyone else to listen to. - Franklin P. Adams

Confidence, like art, never comes from having all the answers; it comes from being open to all the questions. - Earl Gray Stevens

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

I would like to thank Tetris for providing me with the skills to jam as many dishes as possibly into my dishwasher. - Herb Pankratz

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

Faithfulness is essential to the character of a friend: without this there can be no safety in intimacy with and confidence in him. - Samuel Hopkins

In a world of complex threats, our security and leadership depends on all elements of our power - including strong and principled diplomacy. - Barack Obama

A man who cannot work without his hypodermic needle is a poor doctor. The amount of narcotic you use is inversely proportional to your skill. - Martin H. Fischer

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

Faced with crisis, the man of character falls back on himself. He imposes his own stamp of action, takes responsibility for it, makes it his own. - Charles De Gaulle


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20-Jul-2017