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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Character is destiny. - Greek Proverb

Leadership is action, not position. - Samuel Gompers

Success without integrity is failure. - Unknown

Leadership is an ever-evolving position. - Mike Krzyzewski

As is our confidence, so is our capacity. - William Hazlitt

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

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

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

Public behavior is merely private character writ large. - Stephen Covey

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

Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath. - Solon

Once you get rid of integrity the rest is a piece of cake. - Larry Hagman

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

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

You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink. - English Proverb

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

The real leader has no need to lead - he is content to point the way. - Henry Miller

If the people you lead have lost their spark, try looking in the mirror. - Susan Fowler

Being positive in a negative situation is not naive, it's leadership. - Ralph Marston

Honesty and integrity are by far the most important assets of an entrepreneur. - Zig Ziglar

You do not lead by hitting people over the head; that is assault, not leadership. - Dwight D Eisenhower

Many a man's reputation would not know his character if they met on the street. - Elbert Hubbard

Leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people. - Mahatma Gandhi

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Great acting is being able to create a character. Great character is being able to be yourself. - John Leguizamo

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

You learn more from failure than from success. Don't let it stop you. Failure builds character. - Unknown

One who understands much displays a greater simplicity of character than one who understands little. - Alexander Chase

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

The most ineffective workers are systematically moved to the place where they can do the least damage: management. - Scott Adams

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

Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain but it takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving. - Dale Carnegie

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

Many training programs and often schools focus on just a skill or a kind of work competency. That's only half the equation. - Gerald Chertavian

I would solve a lot of literary problems just thinking about a character in the subway, where you can't do anything anyway. - Toni Morrison

Being confident with what you do drives you to achieve your goals, work at your best and overcome any challenges that come your way. - Matt Morris

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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05-Aug-2021