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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Earn your leadership every day. - Michael Jordan

Character is perfectly educated will. - Novalis

Call others into leadership with you. - Jacobia Solomon

Leadership is a choice, not a position. - Stephen Covey

Character is what you think in the dark. - Dwight L. Moody

Confidence is the hinge on the door to success. - Mary O'Hare Dumas

The supreme quality of leadership is integrity. - Dwight D Eisenhower

Lots of folks confuse bad management with destiny. - Kin Hubbard

Integrity is the one thing a leader cannot do without. - John C Maxwell

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

A person who is quietly confident makes the best leader. - Fred Wilson

You can lead a boy to college but you cannot make him think. - Elbert Hubbard

In my last movie I played an unsympathetic character - myself. - Oscar Levant

Nothing shows a man's character more than what he laughs at. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Tough decisions... if you can't make them, you can't lead. - John C Maxwell

Image is what people think we are; integrity is what we really are. - John C Maxwell

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

Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead. - Charles Bukowski

If you want to lead the orchestra, you must turn your back on the crowd. - Max Lucado

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

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

Leadership is the ability to get extraordinary achievement from ordinary people. - Brian Tracy

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

Actions, looks, words and steps form the alphabet by which you may spell character. - Johann Kasper Lavater

You can lead a herring to water, but you have to walk really fast or he'll die. - Rose

Anger begets more anger, and forgiveness and love lead to more forgiveness and love. - Mahavira

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

This I conceive to be the chemical function of humor: to change the character of our thought. - Lin Yutang

Leadership is all about influence and everything rises and falls on leadership... everything. - John C Maxwell

The one quality that can be developed by studious reflection and practice is the leadership of men. - Dwight D Eisenhower

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

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence. - Robert Frost

Violence of language leads to violence of action. Angry men seldom fight if their tongues do not lead the fray. - Charles V Roman

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

Moral authority comes from following universal and timeless principles like honesty, integrity, treating people with respect. - Stephen Covey

Delegating doesn't mean passing off work you don't enjoy, but letting your employees stretch their skills and judgment. - Harvey Mackay

The quality of a man's life is in direct proportion to his commitment to excellence, regardless of his chosen field of endeavor. - Vince Lombardi Jr.

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

I love inventing names, but I also collect unusual names, so that I can look through my notebook and choose one that suits a new character. - J K Rowling

In the past a leader was a boss. Today's leaders must be partners with their people; they no longer can lead solely based on positional power. - Ken Blanchard


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25-Nov-2020