I'll admit I don't know much about consulting. Only one of the companies I ever worked for ever hired one, and I'm sure they're in general quite helpful, but not this one guy. Every suggestion he made, I swear, was the most basic, self-evident, common-sense idea I'd ever heard. "You know what would help? If sales could sell more." You think?! So the idea that a company would pay for the most basic assistance inspired this cartoon. Drawing anthropomorphic math symbols was just the icing on the cake.