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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Hire character. Train skill. - Peter Schutz

Integrity never goes out of style. - Jim George

Leadership is action, not position. - Samuel Gompers

Lead, follow, or get out of the way. - Thomas Paine

Character is perfectly educated will. - Novalis

Leadership is an ever-evolving position. - Mike Krzyzewski

Behind leadership there is always a person. - Unknown

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

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

The key to successful leadership is influence, not authority. - Kenneth H Blanchard

Praise increases where the excellence is attained but by few. - Edward Counsel

The true test of leadership is how well you function in a crisis. - Brian Tracy

Reality: The leading cause of stress among those in touch with it. - Lily Tomlin

The man who has confidence in himself gains the confidence of others. - Hasidic Proverb

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

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

Politics is a profession where the paths of glory lead but to the gravy. - Billy Boy Franklin

Be stubbornly committed to your team, but flexible in your leadership style. - Jo Miller

It's hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse. - Adlai Stevenson

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

The world may take your reputation from you, but it cannot take your character. - Emma Dunham Kelley

The impossible often has a kind of integrity which the merely improbable lacks. - Douglas Adams

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

The true alchemists do not change lead into gold; they change the world into words. - William H Gass

As long as I can wear a wig I can be any character, and in real life I can be myself. - Ginnifer Goodwin

Life is like a dogsled team. If you ain't the lead dog, the scenery never changes. - Lewis Grizzard

Positivity, confidence, and persistence are key in life, so never give up on yourself. - Khalid

Good management consists in showing average people how to do the work of superior people. - John Rockefeller

Integrity means always doing what is right and good, regardless of the immediate consequences. - Joseph B Wirthlin

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

Teaching is a calling. Teachers in their way are holy - angels leading their flocks out of the darkness. - Jeanette Walls

Charity is not like feeding pigeons in the square. It is a process that requires professional management. - Roman Abramovich

Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful. - Samuel Johnson

A group becomes a team when each member is sure enough of himself and his contribution to praise the skills of the others. - Norman G Shidle

Confidence is beautiful, no matter your size, no matter your weight. Be confident in who you are and you'll be beautiful. - Unknown

I hope you have not been leading a double life, pretending to be wicked and being really good all the time. That would be hypocrisy. - Oscar Wilde

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

Never design your character like a garden where anyone can walk. Design your character like the sky where everyone's desire is to reach. - Unknown

There is a difference between conceit and confidence. Conceit is bragging about yourself. Confidence means you believe you can get the job done. - Johnny Unitas


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