There are no real spoilers here. If you are catching up on Walking Dead through Netflix, you can still read the article. Or at least pretend to read it and tell me how great it was later.
Also, I do not endorse zombie hunting, snacking on people, or openly carrying a crossbow.
In case you have a life, The Walking Dead (TWD) is a TV show about a group of people that live through a zombie apocalypse and must now endure other survivors along the way.
And now that Season 5 is officially over, we will have to wait until next year to find out more about the “Wolves” and tide ourselves over with the spinoff, Fear the Walking Dead. Or heaven forbid, we could read a book, pay attention to our family, or even do community service.
Even though watching The Walking Dead has in no way improved my life, I have discovered some entrepreneurial nuggets along the way.
1. Be willing to change and adapt
TWD - Rick and his group are constantly on the move looking for new places to stay and new ways to defend themselves. If they decided to stay on Hershel’s farm, because “that’s the way we‘ve always done it”, the show would have ended in Season 2.
Business – Businesses can’t get stuck in “the way we’ve always done it” mentality. Customer demands, competition, technology, and the workforce are always evolving and we need to be ready to do the same.
2. Always check out the competition
TWD - The Prison Survivors, Woodbury Survivors, Terminus Survivors, Hospital Survivors, and the Alexandria Survivors all provided stiff competition to the regular survivors on The Walking Dead. While it wasn't always necessary to eliminate the other survivors, Rick and his crew always had to deal with them.
Business - It may not be a necessity to eliminate your competition, however, you must know what sets you apart from them. If you don’t know the difference between you and your competition, you your customers won’t either.
3. Make sure you have plenty of resources, before making a move
TWD - Ammo, gas, and food are necessary resources in a post-apocalyptic world.
Business - Cash, people, and time are necessary resources in an entrepreneurial world. Make sure you have access to each before you open a new location, buy that new piece of equipment, and/or offer that new product or service.
4. Surround yourself with the best people
TWD - If it weren’t for Daryl, Michonne, and Carol the survivors may not be around any longer. And maybe Glenn. But not Eugene. Eugene is worthless.
Business - The key to delegating and outsourcing is to work with good people. Businesses need to interview and get good referrals and when hiring employees, independent contractors, and professional advisors. The survivors even knew what three questions to ask in an interview. If you just wing it you could end up with a bunch of Eugenes.