Summary of The Living Dead

Switched Off, Zoned Out - The Shocking Truth About Official Life

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The Living Dead book summary
Do you work in a cubical or a coffin? Your job may be making you into a zombie.


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With wry British wit, David Bolchover skewers life in large corporations and exposes the extent of a phenomenon he calls "the living dead:" the masses of employees who are disengaged from their work, unproductive and unmotivated. Bolchover’s account of his own experience of falling through the cracks of a corporate behemoth is hilarious. But far from being just an amusing caricature of life in big companies, his book is a thoughtful consideration of the economic costs of boredom and inefficiency. He suggests ways that companies - and national economies - need to evolve to address these problems. Corporate leaders interested in fully utilizing their human capital will find this book insightful. And, if you feel yourself slowly turning into a zombie in a business suit, Bolchover offers insight into how to breathe life into your career. getAbstract highly recommends this book to students of organizational behavior and anyone who has ever played computer solitaire at the office.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How corporations foster positions that make workers feel like the "living dead;"
  • Why many office workers are demoralized and disengaged;
  • How this kind of corporate inefficiency damages the economy;
  • How the economy is evolving in response to changing attitudes toward work and the way companies should operate; and
  • How to revive your "living dead" career.


The Dead Walk Among Us
Large corporations have created conditions in which many employees show up at work every day, and accomplish little or nothing. Bureaucracy and organizational inefficiency have created a whole class of people - "the living dead" - who are bored to tears in their ...
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About the Author

David Bolchover is a former insurance executive and the author of the best-selling book The 90-Minute Manager, a compendium of advice derived from sports managers. His articles on business and management have appeared in major British newspapers, including The Times.

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