Stability: A Tad Uneasy?

business cartoon

Your standard sales graph cartoon usually shows a line moving up and down–a few highs and lows in there to make things interesting. But occasionally, I try to challenge myself a bit with something different.

Maybe the line only goes up, maybe it’s going backwards. Or maybe the line spells out a word. It keeps things interesting.

So for this cartoon, I tried to imagine what sort of business might either be thrilled with or completely terrified by a graph that suggested absolutely no change at all.

That said, I have no idea what business Haywire Inc. might be in, but it’s a good bet that stability makes them a tad uneasy.


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,

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  1. Mark,

    I always enjoy your business cartoons. This one really hits it. I think most businesses would be scratching their heads at a chart like that. Of course, on a heart rate monitor, a straight line is really bad news. In the long run, a business straightlining is probably not much better off.

  2. Maybe you could sell it to the rock band Status Quo? 😉