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 perfectly educated will. - Novalis

Adversity tests a man's true character. - Unknown

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

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Character is a diamond that scratches every other stone. - Cyrus A. Bartol

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. - John F Kennedy

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Leadership is unlocking people's potential to become better. - Bill Bradley

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

Philosophy: A route of many roads leading from nowhere to nothing. - Ambrose Bierce

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

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Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things. - Peter F Drucker

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31-May-2020