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 destiny. - Greek Proverb

Character is perfectly educated will. - Novalis

Confidence comes from being prepared. - John Wooden

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

The great hope of society is individual character. - William Ellery Channing

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

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

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

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

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

The President is going to lead us out of this recovery. It will happen. - Dan Quayle

Without initiative, leaders are simply workers in leadership positions. - Bo Bennett

The most powerful leadership tool you have is your own personal example. - Unknown

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 excellence of a gift lies in its appropriateness rather than in its value. - Charles Dudley Warner

The most important persuasion tool you have in your entire arsenal is integrity. - Zig Ziglar

You do not lead by hitting people over the head; that is assault, not leadership. - Dwight D Eisenhower

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

Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is nothing in which people more betray their character than in what they laugh at. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

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

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

The best rule of thumb for character is to remember that if you can't be big, don't belittle. - Unknown

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

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

Most people say that it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character. - Albert Einstein

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

Perseverance alone does not assure success. No amount of stalking will lead to game in a field that has none. - I Ching

Don't be accusing me of taking a bribe. You know what they call that, "definition of character." - Archie Bunker

When wealth is lost, nothing is lost. When health is lost, something is lost. When character is lost, all is lost. - Rev. Billy Graham

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

I want to try doing sportier things, kite surfing and paddle surfing - I think it would give me that extra confidence. - Vanessa Hudgens

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

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

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

Education commences on the mother's knee, and every word spoken within hearsay of little children tends toward the formation of character. - Hosea Ballou

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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24-Apr-2018