Small Business Cartoon: The Deadly Internal Audit

Nothing struck fear into myself and my coworkers like the words “internal audit.”

Our company was undergoing ISO 9000 certification and, for a while, our quality guy was a drill sergeant. We were constantly tested and retested on procedures and policy. Any misstep or hesitation was met with reaction usually reserved for professional wrestling pre-match interviews. I can still rattle off that horrible mission statement in my sleep.

After a particularly grueling week, we all began to blow off steam by inventing our own arcane protocols for making coffee, checking the fax, and going out for lunch. I think the above cartoon was born soon after.

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Mark Anderson, professional cartoonistAbout the Author: Mark Anderson’s cartoons appear in publications including The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review. Anderson is the creator of the popular cartoon website,, where he licenses his cartoons for presentations, newsletters and other projects. He blogs at Andertoons blog.

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The Deadly Internal Audit