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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Leadership is action, not position. - Samuel Gompers

Character is perfectly educated will. - Novalis

As is our confidence, so is our capacity. - William Hazlitt

Guitar players never listen to lead singers. - Steven Tyler

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

Reputation is for time; character is for eternity. - J.B. Gough

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

Excellence in any pursuit is the late, ripe fruit of toil. - W.M.L. Jay

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

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

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

A person's character is but half formed till after wedlock. - Charles Simmons

The final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands. - Anne Frank

Character may almost be called the most effective means of persuasion. - Aristotle

Character builds slowly but it can be torn down with incredible swiftness. - Faith Baldwin

Character and personal force are the only investments that are worth anything. - Walt Whitman

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

In our world, more often the truth is 'Money talks and integrity walks.' - Bill Welker

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

Leadership is all about influence - the first person you need to influence is you. - John C Maxwell

You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one. - Henry David Thoreau

Character is the result of two things: Mental attitude and the way we spend our time. - Elbert Green Hubbard

There is no real excellence in all this world which can be separated from right living. - David Starr Jordan

Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you. - H. Jackson Brown

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

The acceptance of certain realities doesn't preclude idealism. It can lead to certain breakthroughs. - Rem Koolhaas

A man of character does not expect to be liked by everyone, nor does he worry about being liked by anyone. - Unknown

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

Be courteous to all, but intimate with few; and let those be well-tried before you give them your confidence. - George Washington

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

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

It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through. - Zig Ziglar

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

No sign of pleasure greeted the announcement. The mood in the hall was leaden.
My mood was livelier. Fright is livelier than lead. - Gail Carson Levine

It is easier to lead men to combat, stirring up their passion, than to restrain them and direct them toward the patient labors of peace. - Andre Gide

Leadership is a matter of having people look at you and gain confidence, seeing how you react. If you're in control, they're in control. - Tom Landry

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


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