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3/7/2014 5:09:00 PM
Part one: The Zombie

What a great month October is. Fall is in the air (or at least it was supposed to be . . . maybe there IS something to this global warming thing after all?). College football is in full swing (although as a die-hard Notre Dame fan . . . well, enough said). The leaves are changing (and I'm color blind).
OK, maybe October isn't that great of a month.
But October has one good thing going for it, Halloween. As my wife and daughters would quickly tell anyone, I'm still a kid at heart and Halloween is a great holiday for kids.
It's also gives us an opportunity to take a look at work through a set of spooky glasses. Specifically, let's talk about how some bosses can be just like a character from a classic B scary movie. So for the next four weeks leading up to Sammy Terry's favorite holiday, let's drive a stake through the heart of some well-deserving supervisors!
The Zombie
You know The Zombie. He or she walks around with no emotion. They rarely acknowledge anyone or anything, just staring straight ahead with that look of hopeless despair.
We all try to avoid The Zombie for fear that they might actually stop and look at you. Legend has it that if their eye catches yours you too will become a Zombie before the next full moon. The good news is that you'll get that promotion into management you've been wanting. The bad news is that it's the last promotion you'll ever get.
How do you work for The Zombie every day without losing your soul? Frankly, it's hard. Be brave and stay strong though, because it is indeed possible. First, you have to understand that there are many myths. Don't get fooled. Wearing a garlic ID photo lanyard has no impact on The Zombie. Rearranging your cubicles into the shape of a cross won't slow them down either. A silver bullet works, but that brings on all sorts of legal issues with a likely change of address for you (and then you would have your very own zombie-like stare).
No, the best way to work for The Zombie is to (first, avoid the stare) do your job with the goal of letting your stellar performance catch their attention. If you can manage that, not only will your future be bright but you just might be able to manage bringing your boss out of that Zombie-like trance and back into the land of the living.

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