Puzzled by the Downturn

Unleashing Bold Initiatives

I listen to the radio a lot for ideas, and one day during the noon business report this cartoon was basically given to me nicely wrapped with a bow.

Without naming the company, the reporter said something to the effect of “Company X’s CEO said that while he was keenly aware of problems plaguing the company, he was nonetheless puzzled by the stock’s recent downturn.”

Really? Really?! The plague of problems you didn’t tip you off? LIke I said, a gift of a cartoon.


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. Initially I thought this was the President of the United States talking about the recession. Oops!

  2. Having worked in a large company I was always amazed at the amount of people that did nothing apart from create time wasting meetings, organise team building courses, create unnecessary policy that slowed the organisation down even further and so on. Now that business is tough these people have no idea how to actually create profit and value for a customer. Thankfully I got out, started my own company 6 years ago and business is growing nicely year on year

    Perhaps the chickens are coming home to roost in corporate land. Love the cartoon!! cheers

  3. Robert: Spot on! 😉 For more cartoons on this topic, please check out my post, Got Tea Party on November 2?

    Mark: I saw your cartoons on Slide Rocket’s market place page.