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When Your Sales Numbers Really Do Stink – Literally!





Stagnant Sales Business Cartoon

You hear it not infrequently – “sales are stagnant.”

Or some variation thereof. And I think most of us take phrases like that for granted.

Not your friendly neighborhood cartoonist.

No, these heroic folk seize upon under-explored verbiage and say to themselves, “Ha! Now there’s something that needs to be poked fun at! Sentence-ending prepositions be darned!”

Then they get down to the hard work of free association.

“Hrm … Stagnant sales … Stagnant … Perhaps a stag? No … Stag-nant party? No … Aha! You know what’s also stagnant? Swamps! Eureka!!”



One sales graph and a few stink lines later and all is well again!

“Hooray!” shouts the local populace!

“Hooray for the cartoonist!”

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Mark Anderson


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. Aira Bongco

    This often generates fear in the entire company.

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