Khrushchev on Managerial Solidarity

The Sacrificial Lamb

When Khrushchev was forced out, he sat down, wrote two letters and gave them to his successor. He said, “When you get yourself into a situation you can’t get out of, open the first letter, and you’ll be saved. And when you get yourself into another situation you can’t get out of, open the second letter.”

Soon enough, this guy found himself in a tight place, so he opened the first letter, which said, “Blame everything on me.” So, he blamed the old man. It worked like a charm.

Well, he got himself into a second situation he couldn’t get out of, and he opened the second letter. It said, “Sit down. Write two letters.”

“General Ralph Landry” (James Brolin) in Stephen Gaghan‘s script Traffic (2000)

Painting by Josefa de Óbidos: The Sacrificial Lamb (c. 1670-1684)

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