When you’re finally ready to retire, to hunt and fish more, to set in the shade and drink more Arnie Palmers, are you going to trust your professional legacy to the hands of your successor or are you going to worry about it. My advice is enjoy the hunting more, the fishing more, the Arnies and maybe even a sip of single malt from a silver flask in the shade beside a nice trout stream and follow this strategy.
When your successor takes over, give him/her three sealed envelops with the following instructions:
When you feel overwhelmed and don’t know what to do next, open envelop #1 (It says: Blame me.)
The next time you feel overwhelmed and don’t know what to do next, open envelop #2 (It says: You’re in charge – Take CHARGE!)
The third time you feel overwhelmed and don’t know what to do next, open envelop #3 (It says: You better prepare three envelops…)
From the book: It Worked for Me – General Colon Powell (I highly recommend reading it)