5 Business Lessons From The Walking Dead

Yes, I’m a Walking Dead fan. A big one! And this week’s mid-season finale, Too Far Gone, was a teeth clencher. Without giving any episode spoilers – in case you’re just catching up on this great show – here are five things we can take away from the show, and apply to business:

  1. Sometimes you have to be brutal – Rick was. Then he wasn’t. And if you watch the show you know that it doesn’t work out so well when he isn’t. Leaders have to make the tough decisions, even when they’re not fun, in order to keep their businesses alive and thriving. (And sometimes that means getting rid of people.)
  2. Know who you’re following – I’m pretty sure the Governor’s last group wish they had. Don’t follow blindly – research who you work with, trust your own gut and ensure that any boss or leader you have has the same core value system that you do.
  3. Ego gets in the way – If only Rick and the Governor could have worked out their differences, ya know? The only reason they couldn’t is because of ego. Try to recognize when yours is getting in the way and might cost you something that in the end, is probably worth putting aside a little pride for.
  4. Exercise matters – in their world, it’s to stay in shape to fight off flesh-eating zombies. In business, it’s to keep your head straight and relieve stress. Both very important to doing your best and finding a happy work/life balance.
  5. Have a contingency plan – things get messy. People lose their way. Make sure you have a backup plan for how to get everyone back on track and working together well if things don’t go exactly as you planned (because most of the time, they don’t).
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About Christine Perkett

I've spent my career coaching CEOs, CMOs, and COOs on how to best market and grow their companies, how to inspire and motivate their workforces, and how to manage in good times and in bad. I'm a serial entrepreneur who has founded three companies. I've received numerous accolades and awards including being named a “Top 100 Must Follow Marketing Mind” in Forbes, a 2020 Top 50 Social Media Influencer in Planable, a “Boston 50 on Fire” finalist, a “Top CEO to follow on Twitter,” a “Top 50 Social Media Influencer on Twitter” by Vocus (now Cision), and one of the 250 Most Influential Women Leaders by Richtopia since 2015. I've been featured in numerous outlets for my expertise including Associated Press, ABC, New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and many more. I am also an adjunct Professor of Digital Marketing and Media at Northeastern University in Boston. I champion women in business and enjoy helping others make their dreams come true. Personally, I 'm a mom to four who loves dogs, the ocean, fashion, marathons, wine, humor and kindness.

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