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    The three envelopes

    A fellow had just been hired as the new CEO of a large high tech
    corporation. The CEO who was stepping down met with him privately and
    presented him with three numbered envelopes. "Open these if you run up
    against a problem you don't think you can solve," he said.

    Well, things went along pretty smoothly, but six months later, sales
    took a downturn and he was really catching a lot of heat. About at his
    wits's end, he remembered the envelopes. He went to his drawer and took
    out the first envelope. The message read, "Blame your predecessor."

    The new CEO called a press conference and tactfully laid the blame at
    the feet of the previous CEO. Satisfied with his comments, the press --
    and Wall Street -- responded positively, sales began to pick up and the
    problem was soon behind him.

    About a year later, the company was again experiencing a slight dip in
    sales, combined with serious product problems. Having learned from his
    previous experience, the CEO quickly opened the second envelope. The
    message read, "Reorganize." This he did, and the company quickly

    After several consecutive profitable quarters, the company once again
    fell on difficult times. The CEO went to his office, closed the door
    and opened the third envelope.

    The message said, "Prepare three envelopes."

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    Good One.

  3. #3
    nice one

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    very well said

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    that was great...

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