In Plain English: It’s Not Going Well


I love playing with language and the business world offers up an almost unending and constantly renewable source of fun words and phrases to play with.

“Under-performing” is a recent favorite. It sounds so nice and polite. It’s not that you’re not doing well, or maybe you could use some help, or you’re just plain terrible … you’re under-performing.

So, I took the opportunity in this cartoon to revise that in a little plainer English.

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,