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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Perfection is impossible. Excellence is not. - Rob Feenie

Character is much easier kept than recovered. - Thomas Paine

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

The great hope of society is individual character. - William Ellery Channing

Appropriate rules cultivate a disciplined character. - Bill Welker

Lead me not into temptation. I can find the way myself. - Rita Mae Brown

A man's manner to a certain extent indicates his character. - Samuel Smiles

It is easy to be nice, even to an enemy - from lack of character. - Dag Hammarskjold

You don't put skill on like a coat - you build it day by day. - Unknown

Unto ourselves our own life is necessary, unto others our character. - St. Augustine

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

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

The best time management strategy: don't find the time, find the why. - Chris Guillebeau

John Wooden was a hall of fame character long before he was a hall of fame coach. - John C Maxwell

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. - Carl Jung

Be your character what it will, it will be known, and nobody will take it upon your word. - Lord Chesterfield

People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts. - James Allen

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

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

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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

Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend. - Albert Camus

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Faced with crisis, the man of character falls back on himself. He imposes his own stamp of action, takes responsibility for it, makes it his own. - Charles De Gaulle

A woman with confidence is hypnotic. A smile is mesmerizing. Presence, openness, a sense of humor - these are all things that make a woman attractive. - Jessica Ortner


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21-Apr-2018