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IT manager starts a new position.

All goes well for a few weeks, then something big breaks. Lots of
pressure. Rooting around in his desk, he finds 3 envelopes. The first
is labeled “Open at the First Crisis”. On a whim, he opens it and the
note inside reads “Blame it on your Predecessor”. He decides to take
this advice and to his surprise, it works like a charm, management is
satisfied, he is given time to fix things.

A few months go by and a something much bigger breaks, seriously
disrupting operations. He is in trouble. At his desk, he decides to
open the envelope labeled: “Open at the Second Crisis”. He’d been
saving it for something big, and this is it. The note inside says:
“Form a Committee to Study the Issue”. He does just that and, to his
surprise, it works great. The committee wastes time and accomplishes
nothing, but blame is diffused.

A few years go by. The third and final envelope is labeled: “Open at
the Third Crisis”. He thinks about opening it many times, but he
waits, saving it for a real disaster. One day, it comes. Catastrophic
failure. He takes a deep breath, tears the envelope open and inside,
finds a note that reads: “Prepare Three Envelopes”.