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 much easier kept than recovered. - Thomas Paine

Happiness is not the end of life; character is. - Henry Ward Beecher

Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character. - John Wooden

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

Mediocrity is excellence in the eyes of the mediocre. - Joseph Joubert

Sometimes the wrong choices lead us to the right places. - Unknown

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

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

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

Hope is the power that gives a person the confidence to step out and try. - Zig Ziglar

There are many kinds of joy, but they all lead to one: the joy to be loved. - Michael Ende

Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong. - Peter T. Mcintyre

Whenever you find whole world against you just turn around and lead the world. - Unknown

Leadership is intangible, and therefore no weapon ever designed can replace it. - Omar N. Bradley

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit. - Aristotle

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

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

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

The common traits among all successful people are desire, determination and confidence. - Joe Segal

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

Character is better than ancestry, and personal conduct is of more importance than the highest. - Thomas J. Barnardo

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

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

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

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

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

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 is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing. - Abraham Lincoln

It is not enough to take steps which may some day lead to a goal; each step must be itself a goal and a step likewise. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

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

Leadership is all about caring, daring and sharing. Caring for people, Daring to Act fearlessly, and Sharing the success with all. - Sujit Lalwani

I think Mr. Smithers picked me because of my motivational skills. Everyone says they have to work a lot harder when I'm around. - Homer Simpson

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

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

If you create an act, you create a habit. If you create a habit, you create a character. If you create a character, you create a destiny. - Andre Maurois

Do not train boys to learning by force and harshness, but lead them by what amuses them, so that they may better discover the bent of their minds. - Plato

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy. - Norman Vincent Peale


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