The new manager walks into his office and, while settling into his new desk, finds four envelopes in one of the desk drawers.
On one envelope, he finds the words “open me first,” and the others are numbered one to three.
So, he opens the first envelope, and finds a letter from his predecessor saying:
“These three envelopes will save you a world of trouble. In case of emergency, please open these envelopes in sequential order; envelope one first, envelope two second, and envelope three third.”
The manager shrugs, puts the envelopes back, and forgets about them.
Six months later, the workers go on strike. The company closes, and is losing money fast.
After a long night negotiating with the union, the manager suddenly remembers the three envelopes.
So, he opens the first one and it says:
“Blame me, your predecessor for every thing.”
This is a wonderful idea he thinks, and indeed it works, and the crisis comes to its end. The manager’s job is saved, and everybody is happy.
A few months later, another strike hits the company.
The manager goes to the drawer, and opens the second envelope. It reads,
“Blame the government for everything.”
This worked like a charm, and the manager breathes a sigh of relief, as his job is once again saved.
A month later, the workers declare another strike.
The manager goes directly to the third envelope and it reads,
“Prepare 4 new envelopes.”
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