The Benefits of Working Backwards

easy come easy go business cartoon

Sometimes I like to work backwards.

For example with this cartoon I drew the zig-zagging sales graph first and then tried to figure out what the people in the meeting might think about it.

There was a see-saw joke, something about M’s and W’s, shark’s teeth … But once ‘easy come, easy go’ suggested itself, I knew I was close. Then it was just naming the guy Phil, introducing some tension, and I backed into what is one of my recent favorites.

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,