The Higher-Ups Want To See You

business cartoon

“Higher-ups” was always a term I disliked. If a boss wants to see you, that’s one thing. Management wants to see you? Getting worse. But the higher-ups? Oh boy, you’re in for it, pal.

So with this cartoon, I played with the idea that higher-ups weren’t necessarily something to be concerned about, they were just literally higher up. Maybe they’re really tall? Or possibly up on some sort of raised platform? In any case, a ladder is probably a good idea, and it’s easier to draw than a trampoline.

As a side note, while I was writing this, I came up with an idea for someone in management being summoned by the “lower-downs.” I don’t think it’s going to go well for anybody.


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,

2 Reactions
  1. So true! Everyone knows it. Simple hilarious.

  2. Lol, this is a great cartoon. I love it! Thanks for sharing 🙂