Thursday, January 15, 2009

Everything I Need to Know About Today’s Business World Can Be Learned from Calvin and Hobbes

I had lunch today with Andrew Sellers, along with Chris Poe and Steve from Concepts in Greenery, a nifty entrepreneurial company (wholesale nursery and landscape contracting company) that is doing some very cool things to help grow their company. In particular, they are leading the way in their industry to a time when the old paper plans on the job site will be a thing of the past. Steve mentioned a cartoon from Calvin and Hobbes that was, well, just a little ahead of its time. Take a look below, and see if it reminds you of anything you may have seen recently on the news.

Calvin and Hobbes

Then consider that this cartoon was printed over 15 years ago. I wonder what the cartoonist of the strip, William B. "Bill" Watterson II would say about the auto industry if he was still drawing it today. Too bad…that would be a fun strip to read.


  1. Great post; terrific cartoon. We can learn a lot from our pasts - even actionable information. Memories are just so short, even among the long-lived... The youngest adult generation living seems unwilling to learn from those who have them, or, we don't do a good job of communicating them. I think it's the latter.

  2. Agreed...we need to do a better job telling the story of where we came from in a way that makes sense to the younger generation.