Monkey See, Monkey Do

Monkey See, Monkey Do

Unleashing Bold Initiatives

Wordless cartoons are the hardest to write, in my opinion. And, to be fair, the above cartoon isn’t truly wordless as it relies on labeling the monkey’s desk baskets. (I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that no one on this blog has never used the phrase “monkey’s desk baskets” before.)

I actually have my kids to thank for this one. One day the boy was doing some sort of impromptu robot dance, and my daughter, noticing Daddy’s guffaws, decided to join in. I later explained the dancing to my wife, who responded, “Monkey see, monkey do,” and this cartoon just popped into my head.

That night each of the kids got a little extra dessert for both the idea and the awesome robot dancing.


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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  1. Martin Lindeskog


    What are guffaws? Could this be a monkey version of David Allen’s Getting Things Done?! 😉 Could I print out this cartoon and put over my inbox? How would I send the “monkey business” transaction?