Amanda Cade

Worth It! (Things to try, read, watch, hear, and discuss)

Chances are that at some point you’ve taken part in a team building exercise. You know, when you and your colleagues are asked to solve a problem, accomplish a task, do some structured bonding, etc. People have mixed feelings about them, but most of the time my coworkers are on board, and I actually think they’re a lot of fun. (Except for the trust fall. I hate that one. It’s not that I don’t trust people…I just don’t like falling.)

Anyway, this week I had some training that included resource management and group decision making, and one of the activities asked us to figure out a plan to survive a zombie apocalypse. We were given lists of possible team members, equipment, and locations, and told to narrow it down and create the best possible survival plan.

I was in nerd heaven.

ZombiesAfter my group had finished discussing our options and creating our final list, we stopped talking about the options provided for the scenario and began discussing how we would deal with a zombie outbreak at work. During that conversation, someone asked us all to choose three people to be part of our survival team.

And no one picked me. It was like being back in gym class in elementary school, when the entire third grade knew I was much more likely to be hit in the face with a ball than to catch it.

Ok, I get it. I’ve never even held a real weapon. I have no mechanical or technical skills. I’m clumsy and tend to trip over everything (or nothing at all). I don’t fit any of the typical zombie survival criteria. Still, I propose that you consider my other skills before you decide to abandon me to the shambling horde.

So in my own defense, I present to you the reasons that, in the event of a zombie attack, you want me on your roster:

1. You’re going to need motivation.

During an apocalyptic event, it’s going to be very tempting to give in to despair. It doesn’t matter what kind of action heroes you’ve assembled if they don’t have the will to keep fighting. Luckily, I am a positive, optimistic person who excels at inspiring others. I will encourage your team to keep up the fight. I will remind them of what’s at stake. I will, at a moment’s notice, summon a joke to break tension or a Hollywood quality motivational speech. By the time I’m through, no one will even think of the possibility of failure.

Let’s go kill some zombies. (I’ll be right here behind the tough guy.)

2. I have nerd power.

Have you read The Zombie Survival Guide cover to cover? Have you read it twice? Have you read half a dozen lesser-known works on the issue? Watched literally hundreds of zombie movies and television shows, both foreign and domestic? Read The Walking Dead comics and seen the show? Somehow, I doubt it. You know who has?

Me Me Me

Knowledge is power, people. I know the tips, the tricks, and the tactics. You need my advice if you’re going to make it to the finish line.

3. Conflict resolution will be essential.

Tension is going to be high. People are going to be stressed. There will be disagreements, arguments, and internal strife.

And we don’t have time for it. You’re going to need a mediator, a peace maker, an arbiter. Luckily, I’m your girl. At work, with my family, and with my friends, I am always the go-to person for conflict resolution. I have the experience. I have the training. I will keep our team functioning like a well-oiled machine.

4. I don’t quit.

No sleep? No problem. Am I injured? I’ll keep going. I am ready to push myself to the limits, and beyond, every hour, every minute, every second. Never, ever underestimate the power of a workaholic on a mission. You’re going to need people with that kind of grit.

5. Eventually we’ll need to build a society.

In spite of all that, I understand that during the initial run/kill/hide phase of the zombie invasion, you might think that you’d rather have someone with shotgun skills. I’ve already acknowledged that I’m not going to be your greatest asset in terms of actual fighting. However, you shouldn’t be short-sighted. At some point, survivors will gather, a location will be secured, and we’ll have to turn our attention to the future of humanity.

It would be really lame if we fought our way through the horde just to fall apart when we reach the point of relative safety. So now, fearless leader, it’s time to think about how we keep surviving, and you’re going to need people with a different skill set.

It might be helpful to have:

  • Someone who has a degree in organizational leadership
  • Someone who has experience in inventory, resource management, and employee scheduling
  • Someone who has planned and executed conventions and other major events
  • Someone who has led teams and managed personnel

Who in the world could possibly meet that criteria? I’ll give you three guesses.

 

I should also mention that you don’t have to worry about me challenging your authority. I have no desire to be top dog. You can be Jed Bartlet, and I’ll be Leo McGarry. You can be Miranda Priestly, and I’ll be Andrea Sachs. You can be Tony Stark, and I’ll be Pepper Potts. In other words, you tell me what needs to happen, and I’ll get it done.

Let’s face it. You need me, alive and uninfected.

Zombie

This would be a waste of talent.

Are you convinced? Why would YOU be a good choice for a survival team? Who else would you pick if you were a team leader? Geek out with me in the comments!

36 thoughts on “Worth Mentioning: You Want Me On Your Zombie Team

  1. This was such a funny post, great idea! ❤️

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      Thank you! After the universal rejection during the team building, I had no choice but to plead my case. 😉

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  2. You have my vote Amanda. Blessings ✨

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      Yay! Have a great day, Ann. 💖

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      1. Thanks Amanda! I bless the same to you!💖

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  3. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

    You’re hired!

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      Thank you! Your decision shows that you are a man with good taste and foresight. 😉

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      1. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

        You had me at nerd.

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      2. Amanda Cade says:

        I firmly believe that the geeks shall inherit the earth.

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  4. Alex Raizman says:

    Damn, you make a compelling case. As long as you hide with me to get shelter while the people with actual fighting experiences do the fighting, sure, I’d keep you around.

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      Planning to command from the rear, eh?

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      1. Alex Raizman says:

        Absolutely. I know that I offer zero combat utility in a Zombie apocalypse, but I can absolutely shout orders.

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  5. Sam R says:

    I’m gonna be honest, I’d probably be the first to die 😂

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      I would definitely be relying on the competent fighters during the early stages.

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  6. Josh Gross says:

    Haha, this was great! Lots of fun to read 😀

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      Thanks! My coworkers need to rethink their decision calculus.

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      1. Josh Gross says:

        Yes they do! I bet they’re just thinking about short-term priorities, and not about rebuilding civilization.

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  7. I am laughing so hard I have tears coming out my eyes!! Forget about a Zombie apocalypse, get yourself to the nearest Comedy club and get yourself on stage!! You are a riot!! You have so much comic timing and you can’t teach that. LOL Love your sense of humor!!

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      I actually did a couple of open mic nights a long time ago. It was fun, but not something I ended up pursuing. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. 🙂

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      1. You have made me an advid follower of yours. Love your sense of humor.

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  8. frenchc1955 says:

    So, this answer will mix genres, but it sounds like a fun exercise. I would choose Captain America.

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      Unless it’s the Marvel Zombies universe, in which case you’d want to stay away from all the superheroes in case they got infected. Captain America was one scary zombie…

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      1. frenchc1955 says:

        I did not know about that, but I will go with him as a human being.

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      2. Amanda Cade says:

        Good choice. My team would definitely include people who wouldn’t leave me behind, since I’m not likely to be an effective zombie killer.

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  9. Teri Polen says:

    I’d totally choose you, Amanda!

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      Thank you! You would not regret it.

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  10. sunilmdabral says:

    Oouch that was anticlimactic. I wanted you on my zombie team but now it turns out you are anti zombie and not pro-forma zombie.

    I tell you if they don’t select you, you can come into my team.

    If you can’t kill a zombie then be one.😊

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      If becoming a zombie ends up being my fate, then I will be the greatest brain-eater ever. Bloom where you’re planted, right?

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  11. Alphe says:

    I generally HATE such exercises with the greatest passion. Back in school times, every ‘team’ task looked the same – I worked, the rest did nothing. However, I have to admit the subject of your exercise was actually nice – nerd heaven indeed!
    A few years ago, I applied for internship at one IT company (I should mention, it was a programming internship, aimed for computer science students). The company seemed to value soft skills much more than technical skills, so they invited us for team job/internship interviews and gave us tasks similar to your zombie apocalypse plan. For example, we had to find as many uses for a corkscrew as we possibly could. It was ridiculous but also kind of fun. One of the things we came up with was a professional penguin hugger (in case a penguin feels lonely and needs a hug, a winged corkscrew can put its wings around the penguin and hug it). Lol. 😀

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      Penguin hugger-I love it! Where do I sign up?

      When I run workshops and training, I always try to make sure that activities are 1) relevant and 2) unique/interesting. Nothing is worse than a room full of people who don’t want to participate, and the easiest way to make that happen is to waste their time.

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  12. Jay says:

    You definitely don’t want me. I do quit. I will sit and wait to be eaten because I refuse to die sweaty. That’s just brine! I don’t want to die with sore feet. I don’t want to live dirty, sleeping on the ground, living without electricity or manicures or nice wine. I will die the first day.

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      What’s important is that you have a plan. Lol

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  13. Artistic Fox says:

    Nerd power FTW! My recent post was on zombies too! Great minds think alike!

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  14. I intend to make a list of everyone I want to gnaw on…

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      Oh…I might have to do that, too. Lol

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