Lions, Tigers and Creditors – Oh, my!

I’ve written before about optimism, but I think this cartoon catches a different element of the word.

Note the suited man (or man-like figure) buried up to his waist in the midst of a barren desert. Another soul is not in sight, yet he declares, “Someone will come.”

Not likely, my friend, not likely.

As I’ve mentioned, optimism is important, but it requires a dose of realism. This guy needs help. He needs a bailout. He needs a rescuer.

But he’s not going to get any of that in the form of a handout.

It’s people in this situation who are my specialty: people who are, in a word, screwed.

This guy has an emergency situation. The only thing that’s different about him and the people I deal with is that those I’m dealing with are generally missing a proverbial arm, buried up to their chins, and there are lions, tigers and creditors – oh my! – coming from all directions.

Have you ever been in an awful situation like this? Was it worse or better than this guy’s situation?

Never Ask about Severance Pay

Never ask about severance pay

This is a hilarious Farcus cartoon that I cut out of the paper 17 years ago and have stuck up in my office.

Every time I look at it I laugh.

Sometimes, and I hate to be the one doing it, I have to give people – and entire divisions – the ax. That’s never my preference, but if I have to cut off a limb to save a body I’m going to do it.

Farcus just puts the harsh reality of those moments in cartoon form.

What do you think? Do you have a favorite business joke or cartoon? Share it with us in the comments.