So Simple, It’s Complicated

Simplify Business Cartoon

This is one of those captions that go round and round and round.

I was inspired to write it after reading a blurb on the back of a business book that read something like “Tom takes something we thought was so simple and blows it up. Fascinating.” Then I read another on another book that went “Phil takes this incredibly complex process and breaks it down into three simple steps. Fascinating.”

See what I mean? So I took a while and crafted this long involved caption that sort of eats its own tail. Is it important work? No. But it does make me feel better.

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,