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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Example is leadership. - Albert Schweitzer

The good and the wise lead quiet lives. - Euripides

Adversity tests a man's true character. - Unknown

Guitar players never listen to lead singers. - Steven Tyler

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

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

The art of communication is the language of leadership. - James Humes

Because you know He can, you can pray with holy confidence. - Mark Batterson

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

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Hope is the power that gives a person the confidence to step out and try. - Zig Ziglar

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To thirteen doors of death,
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We float on failing breath. - Tao


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22-May-2022