June 30, 2016

Are You Living in a Small Business Fantasy World?


business meeting humor cartoon

I was listening to the news one day while driving and the phrase “real-world consequences” went by. It’s one of those kinds of words or phrases that sets off the cartoonist alarm in my head. I immediately started turning the words over and over.

What about real-world aftermaths? Would real-world causation be newsworthy? But it’s when I started mulling over non-real-world consequences that the idea of populating a conference room with imaginary beings happened.

I knew right away that Bigfoot and a unicorn would be there, but who/what else reads quickly? The Abominable Snowman is too similar to Bigfoot. The Loch Ness Monster would be great, but she’s really big. And would she be identifiable?

Finally, I settled on adding a leprechaun and a dragon, but I’m still not happy with how they’re seated. (The dragon takes too much attention from the leprechaun, I think.)

I’ve mentioned before that cartooning is a weird job and it’s examples like this that illustrate that so well.
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Mark Anderson


Mark Anderson Mark Anderson's cartoons appear in publications including Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review. His business cartoons are available for licensing at his website, Andertoons.com.

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  1. I have to agree. There are some business owners who live so much in their fantasy world (a world where every part of their plans turn perfectly) that they could not care less on what is truly happening.

  2. I think it has something to do with projections. Sometimes, business owners can get so fixated on outcomes that they fail to see the reality that is in front of their face.

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