Hard Times Call For A Fast Talking, Guitar Playing CEO

ceo cartoon

Sometimes when you’re stuck for an idea, the best way to get unstuck is to paint yourself into a corner.

This cartoon, for example, came out of a particularly poor writing day. I spent probably a good 3 hours alternating between staring blankly – and taking little naps. (All that staring really drains you.) I finally broke through when I imagined a guy with a guitar in a meeting. What would he say? Why does he have the guitar?

That seemed to loosen things up in my head a bit and I got this cartoon, which, incidentally, is one of my recent favorites.

It reads even funnier if you imagine it in a southern drawl.


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. It’s even funnier if you remember the story of HealthSouth’s former CEO Richard Scrushy. Although he missed the whole “turnaround” part…

    • LOL — that’s right! Richard Scrushy wanted to be a musical star. I’d forgotten about that – brings a whole different meaning to this cartoon. 🙂