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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Example is leadership. - Albert Schweitzer

I was playing a character. - Paris Hilton

Confidence comes from being prepared. - John Wooden

Wiping out is an underappreciated skill. - Laird Hamilton

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

Smoking is one of the leading causes of statistics. - Fletcher Knebel

Character is not given to us; we build it ourselves. - Mabel Hale

There is no greater index of character so sure as the voice. - Benjamin Disraeli

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

It is of little traits that the greatest human character is composed. - William Winter

On average it takes 10,000 hours of practice to truly master a skill. - Malcolm Gladwell

Before you tell anyone to 'be yourself', reassess his character. - Unknown

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

Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there. - John Wooden

The confidence of ignorance will always overcome indecision of knowledge. - Unknown

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

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

Confidence is like a dragon where, for every head cut off, two more heads grow back. - Criss Jami

An Englishman teaching an American about food is like the blind leading the one-eyed. - A.J. Liebling

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

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It requires less character to discover the faults of others than is does to tolerate them. - J. Petit Senn

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

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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

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Confidence is that feeling by which the mind embarks in great and honorable courses with a sure hope and trust in itself. - Cicero

Misfortunes, untoward events, lay open, disclose the skill of a general, while success conceals his weakness, his weak points. - Horace

Expect to make some mistakes when you try new and different approaches. Sometimes colossal failures lead to spectacular successes. - Harvey Mackay

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

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

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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