These new pictures have been drawn especially for Businessballs.
The collection starts with re-drawn cartoons of the original tree swing cartoons, and then extends to new variations on the theme.
You can use them freely in your training and teaching; otherwise all rights are reserved.
More tree swing cartoons will be will be added.
Business is obviously responsible for a lot of very good things in this world, but along the way, it tends to create a lot of nonsense.
The tree swing cartoons remain a wonderful vehicle for illustrating the failings of business and organizations when they are not run well, and particularly when proper ethical outcomes become distorted by confused messages and self-interest.
Send your suggestions of organizational or corporate daftness that you'd like to see in a tree swing cartoon.
You are permitted to adapt the captions for your own local situations provided you send me a copy of your adaptations to share with others on this website.
The businessballs tree swing cartoons
(The quote "It's just what I asked for, but not what I needed.." emphasizes the importance of interpreting customer requirements beyond perceived 'wants' so as to understand precise 'needs'.)
If you know anything about the origins of the tree swing pictures - especially any memory or evidence that the cartoons existed during the 1960s or earlier - please let me know - both to clarify the origins, and ideally to give proper credit to the very first originator, who to my best knowledge remains unknown.
Thanks W Peery (Jun 2013) for the final 'What the customer needed' suggestion, and the supporting quote, "It's just what I asked for, but not what I needed.."
Thanks to H Kroon for the suggestion of a 'Sales' treeswing, on which the 'As Sold by the Sales Department' cartoon is based.