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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I do. That is character! - Theodore Roosevelt

Hire character. Train skill. - Peter Schutz

Character, not circumstances, makes the man. - Booker T. Washington

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

I rate enthusiasm even above professional skill. - Edward Appleton

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. - Henry David Thoreau

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

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

Character is the real foundation of all worthwhile success. - John Hays Hammond

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

One's real life is so often the life that one does not lead. - Oscar Wilde

The important things are children, honesty, integrity and faith. - Andy Williams

Underneath this flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character. - Oscar Levant

Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education. - Martin Luther King Jr.

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

While your circumstances are beyond your control, your character is not. - John C Maxwell

To err is human. To blame it on somebody else shows management potential. - Unknown

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

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

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

You can lead a horse to water but I'd rather ride it to the liquor store. - Wayne Nowazek

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

Giving your son a skill is better than giving him one thousand pieces of gold. - Chinese Proverb

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

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

I've come to realize that real growth of character takes place in the valleys of life. - Dave Dravecky

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

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

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

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

The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out. - Thomas B Macaulay

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

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

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

Competition can damage self-esteem, create anxiety, and lead to cheating and hurt feelings. But so can romantic love. - Mariah Burton Nelson

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

Yoga is invigoration in relaxation. Freedom in routine. Confidence through self control. Energy within and energy without. - Ymber Delecto

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


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