Sales Are Bad: A Cry For Attention?

Unleashing Bold Initiatives

Often when I’m writing, I’ll imagine a scene and prime the pump with a caption starter like “I appreciate what you’re saying, but…” or “You know what would be great…” Then it becomes more of a puzzle to figure out a funny ending rather than pulling a cartoon entirely out of the ether.

I wrote the above cartoon that way. I started with a bad sales graph and prefaced the caption with “Sales are bad, but…” After a bit it occurred to me that sales might be behaving badly like children, and the end just sort of fell into place.


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,

4 Reactions
  1. Works well. Great little cartoon.

  2. I like that.

    It reminds me that just we can learn to raise (rear) our children, we can learn to raise (increase) our sales.

    Thanks Mark.