Come Hell Or High Water

management business cartoon

“Come hell or high water!”

That was one of my former manager’s favorite phrases:

“We’re going to get sales up come hell or high water!”  “You’re gonna get that account come hell or high water!”  “Our team is going to be #1 come hell or high water!”

Oh sure, he’d pepper meetings with other phrases and axioms, but this one was the clear favorite.

So one day the idea popped into my head – what if both things happened? I mean, it’s bound to happen eventually, right? How bad would that be?

I almost raised my hand and asked about the possibility in a meeting once, but instead I just tucked it away in my brain for later use in this cartoon.

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,