Category : cartoon

Cartoon: 'We're all about 'no fear of failure,' but this pattern of intentionally screwing up...'

Everyone's afraid of something. Personally I'm afraid of snakes, heights, and poor writing (so you can imagine how I felt about Snakes on a Plane!). But failure has never bothered me much. In fact, I'm kind of a fan.

I worked in sales for a good while before I became a cartoonist, so I got very very used to failing early and often. The way I see it, the more you fail, you the closer you are to figuring out what works.

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Cartoon: 'We're looking to trim some budgets. What would you think of off-the-job training?'

It's been a while since I had to look for a real job. (I understand it's either done by computer and/or magical sorting hat now.) But years back when I last perused the paper looking for employment, one of my favorite phrases to see was "on the job training."

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Cartoon: 'OK, we're going to lay off the trust building exercises for a while...'

I've been to my share of corporate retreats, inspirational events, team building weekends... But as many as I've attended, I've never actually been part of that sitcom staple, falling backward and having someone catch you.

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Cartoon: 'OK, I've shown you the ropes, gotten you up to speed. All that's left is actually training you.'

I've always been a huge fan of George Carlin. I remember borrowing/stealing my sister's Carlin records as a kid and, very quietly so my mom wouldn't know, listening to them over and over and over. And as brilliant, hilarious, and profane as he was, what still amazes me was his grasp of language.

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Cartoon: 'This is what we in the training department call a teachable moment'

teachable momentMy wife is a teacher, and every so often when her class is in higher spirits she brings out two stuffed animals. One animal models the offending behavior, and the other tests out different responses. For example, one stuffed animal pushes the other, should the other A) push back? B) call him a name? or C) tell the teacher?

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Cartoon: 'I thought I told you to hire the trainer from eWorld.'

training cartoonMy family and I go to the zoo often. We have two small children and it's a great family trip every couple of weeks.

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Cartoon: 'Caution!! Accountant In Training'

Most of being a cartoonist is writing. Sure, being able to draw gets you noticed, but bad writing is never saved by good art.

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Cartoon: 'Tom, we're letting you go, but we'd like you to stay on and train your replacement...'

My mom recently retired and for her last two weeks she was asked to train her replacement. I've always thought this was an odd idea. Sure, it works in theory; the employer is more or less confident that you won't be slacking off, and they get a worker who's ready to go when you leave.

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Cartoon: "Test scores are way up since we started rewarding correct answers with kitten videos."

One day in my studio I was perusing YouTube for a video to embed in my blog when my 4-year-old daughter skipped in.

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