Jumping Through Hoops of Red Tape

Small Business Cartoon: Business Acquisition: Didn't You Hear?

Every company has those rules or policies that just make no sense.

I was in sales and wanted to send some promotional items to a promising potential client. I grabbed some golf balls from the supply room and was heading back to my desk when I met my supervisor in the hallway.

Excitedly I talked up my great lead and was immediately rebuffed. “Are you crazy?! Do you know how much those cost? We can’t send those out!”

I persisted, and after 20 minutes was told I’d have to fill out some paperwork. I’d know in a few weeks.

After muttering about jumping through a hoop made of red tape to a co-worker later, I sketched the above cartoon and put it in my bag to be drawn that night after work.

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Mark Anderson, professional cartoonist

About the Author: Mark Anderson’s cartoons appear in publications including The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review. Anderson is the creator of the popular cartoon website, Andertoons.com, where he licenses his cartoons for presentations, newsletters and other projects. He blogs at Andertoons cartoon blog.

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.