In Plain English: It’s Not Going Well


I love playing with language and the business world offers up an almost unending and constantly renewable source of fun words and phrases to play with.

“Under-performing” is a recent favorite. It sounds so nice and polite. It’s not that you’re not doing well, or maybe you could use some help, or you’re just plain terrible … you’re under-performing.

So, I took the opportunity in this cartoon to revise that in a little plainer English.

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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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