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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Integrity never goes out of style. - Jim George

Confidence is a very fragile thing. - Joe Montana

A team is a reflection of its leadership. - Unknown

Behind leadership there is always a person. - Unknown

Positive thoughts lead to positive results. - Maria V Snyder

Life always takes on the character of its motive. - J.G. Holland

Your compassion is a skill that can be exercised. - Simeon Lindstrom

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

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

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 float. - Unknown

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

You can lead a horse to water but I'd rather ride it to the liquor store. - Wayne Nowazek

Anything less than a commitment to excellence is an acceptance of mediocrity. - Vince Lombardi

Giving your son a skill is better than giving him one thousand pieces of gold. - Chinese Proverb

Leadership is intangible, and therefore no weapon ever designed can replace it. - Omar N. Bradley

The integrity of men is to be measured by their conduct, not by their profession. - Unknown

If you value your integrity, be prepared to take a beating from those who have non. - Lars L Thygesen

Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character. - James Russel Lowell

Positivity, confidence, and persistence are key in life, so never give up on yourself. - Khalid

There is nothing in which people more betray their character than in what they laugh at. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Integrity is making sure that the things you say and the things you do are in alignment. - Katrina Mayer

Strength of character may be learned at work, but beauty of character is learned at home. - Henry Drummond

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

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

Talents are best nurtured in solitude. Character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world. - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

The role of leadership is to transform the complex situation into small pieces and prioritize them. - Carlos Ghosn

Many of us are at the 'metallic' age - gold in our teeth, silver in our hair, and lead in our pants. - Unknown

The secret of joy in work is contained in one word - excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it. - Pearl S Buck

Every human being is intended to have a character of his own; to be what no others are, and to do what no other can do. - William Henry Channing

Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence. - Unknown

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

Faithfulness is essential to the character of a friend: without this there can be no safety in intimacy with and confidence in him. - Samuel Hopkins

Integrity is: choosing courage over comfort; choosing what's right over what's fun, fast or easy; and practicing your values. - Brene Brown

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

Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall. - Stephen Covey

A man who cannot work without his hypodermic needle is a poor doctor. The amount of narcotic you use is inversely proportional to your skill. - Martin H. Fischer

Every man, as to character, is the creature of the age in which he lives. Very few are able to raise themselves above the ideas of their times. - Voltaire

Don't assume, ask. Be kind. Tell the truth. Don't say anything you can't stand behind fully. Have integrity. Tell people how you feel. - Warsan Shire

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy. - Norman Vincent Peale


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22-Jan-2021