My Reputation Usually Precedes Me

reputation business cartoon

“Your reputation precedes you” is one of those phrases you don’t really give a lot of thought. Usually, it surfaces when a person is meeting another and is clearly impressed and maybe a little nervous.  But it’s more conversational filler than meaningful dialogue and it’s that quality that usually pops out at the cartoonist in me.

Who else might say it? How can I change it? Can I turn it around on itself?

In this cartoon, I focused on the “precedes” part and thought it would be fun if everyone was expecting a reputation.  But for some reason, it was running late. Although, if you have a bad reputation maybe that is to be expected?

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,