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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Example is leadership. - Albert Schweitzer

Humor comes from self-confidence. - Rita Mae Brown

Confidence comes from being prepared. - John Wooden

The view only changes for the lead dog. - Norman O. Brown

Perfection is impossible. Excellence is not. - Rob Feenie

Character is much easier kept than recovered. - Thomas Paine

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

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

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

Leadership does not always wear the harness of compromise. - Woodrow Wilson

Do what you know and perception is converted into character. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

True religion is the life we lead, not the creed we profess. - Louis Nizer

A man's manner to a certain extent indicates his character. - Samuel Smiles

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

To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence. - Mark Twain

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

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

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

A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes another's. - Jean Paul Richter

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. - Carl Jung

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

Strength of character may be learned at work, but beauty of character is learned at home. - Henry Drummond

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

The trust of the people in the leaders reflects the confidence of the leaders in the people. - Paulo Freire

Leadership is all about influence and everything rises and falls on leadership... everything. - John C Maxwell

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

A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows. - Doug Larson

Character is, in the long run, the decisive factor in the life of individuals and of nations alike. - Theodore Roosevelt

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

He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper. - Edmund Burke

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

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

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

Character - the willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life - is the source from which self-respect springs. - Joan Didion

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

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

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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15-Dec-2018