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

When you're riding lead, don't spit. - Unknown

Management is nothing more than motivating people. - Lee Iacocca

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character. - Albert Einstein

The essential thing is not knowledge, but character. - Joseph Le Conte

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

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

When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece. - Unknown

Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings. - Dr. Samuel Johnson

One's real life is so often the life that one does not lead. - Oscar Wilde

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

The important things are children, honesty, integrity and faith. - Andy Williams

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

Nothing of character is really permanent but virtue and personal worth. - Daniel Webster

To err is human. To blame it on somebody else shows management potential. - Unknown

The excellence of a gift lies in its appropriateness rather than in its value. - Charles Dudley Warner

Any lack of confidence in the economic future of the United States is foolish. - Herbert Hoover

Leadership is not something you do to people; it is something you do for people. - Ken Blanchard

Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence. - Vince Lombardi

No dignity, no learning, no force of character, can make any stand against good wit. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

While waiting for a Moses to lead us into the promised land, we have forgotten how to walk. - Wendell Johnson

The trust of the people in the leaders reflects the confidence of the leaders in the people. - Paulo Freire

You must be a man of integrity. Never break your word. Don't have two sets of standards. - Red Auerbach

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

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

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power. - Abraham Lincoln

Ninety-two percent of the stuff told you in confidence you couldn't get anyone else to listen to. - Franklin P. Adams

The acceptance of certain realities doesn't preclude idealism. It can lead to certain breakthroughs. - Rem Koolhaas

The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty. - Zig Ziglar

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

What we value shapes our character and will ultimately define how we lead, or whether we can lead at all. - Unknown

By my count, more business leaders have failed and derailed because of arrogance than any other character flaw. - Harvey Mackay

Yoga is invigoration in relaxation. Freedom in routine. Confidence through self control. Energy within and energy without. - Ymber Delecto

What's the first excellence in a lawyer? Tautology. What's the second? Tautology. What's the third? Tautology. - Richard Steele

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

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

Do not train boys to learning by force and harshness, but lead them by what amuses them, so that they may better discover the bent of their minds. - Plato


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28-Jul-2017