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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Confidence comes from being prepared. - John Wooden

The view only changes for the lead dog. - Norman O. Brown

Wiping out is an underappreciated skill. - Laird Hamilton

Adversity tests a man's true character. - Unknown

Perfection is impossible. Excellence is not. - Rob Feenie

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character. - Albert Einstein

Leadership does not always wear the harness of compromise. - Woodrow Wilson

Character is, for the most part, simply habit become fixed. - C.H. Parkhurst

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

My ambition was to be successful, wherever that would lead me. - Joe Segal

Character is the root of the tree; conduct, the fruit it bears. - E.M. Bounds

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

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

Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education. - Martin Luther King Jr.

To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence. - Mark Twain

Tough decisions... if you can't make them, you can't lead. - John C Maxwell

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Character builds slowly but it can be torn down with incredible swiftness. - Faith Baldwin

Making mistakes reveals human nature. How one deals with them reveals character. - Unknown

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

A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes another's. - Jean Paul Richter

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The quality of a man's life is in direct proportion to his commitment to excellence, regardless of his chosen field of endeavor. - Vince Lombardi Jr.

It is easier to lead men to combat, stirring up their passion, than to restrain them and direct them toward the patient labors of peace. - Andre Gide

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

A healthy, if well-concealed, respect for one's own capabilities is essential, but it should never lead to underestimating those of the opponent. - Jack Nicklaus


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24-Jan-2020