The Working Dead: 7 Ways to Avoid Becoming an Office Zombie

Lessons from The Walking Dead about Surviving & Thriving at Work

4. Make the Tough Decisions

Hershel, the patriarch of the group, was bitten in the leg by a walker. Any hesitation to a zombie bite left untreated means the unthinkable – the elderly lovable father and sage adviser turns into a zombie and tries to literally consume the ones he loves most. Worse than that, someone would have to put him out of his misery before it got to that point.

So Rick sucked it up and did the only thing he could – chop off Hershel’s leg himself and hope the infection didn’t spread. There was no guarantee of success and Rick didn’t know if it was the right thing to do, but he did it anyway because he trusted his gut. And he was right.

Perhaps the business world could take a lesson from Rick and his decisiveness. Maybe if we spent a little less time planning a meeting to hold a meeting about how meetings are taking up too much time, we all could be more efficient and productive. While it's vital to research your decisions ahead of time, avoid getting caught up in "analysis paralysis."