Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For June 06, 2010

Percentage of senior executives and managers who keep a list of things to do every day, according to NFI Research: 93

Number of them who complete everything on the list by the end of the workday: 0

Percentage who finish 50 percent or less of their list each day: 51

Source: NFI Research.

When Americans were asked how they would rate the overall state of moral values in the country today, percentage who said "excellent," according to a Gallup Poll: 1

Percentage who said only fair: 38

Percentage who said poor: 45

Source: Gallup.

Percentage of business owners with between two and 10 employees who are earning more than they had hoped to make when they started their companies, according to a survey by 21

Average number of hours these small business owners say they put in every week toward their business: 58


Estimated percentage of the variance in math and reading grades that can be accounted for by children's social and emotional skills, according to a study conducted by the Devereux Center for Resilient Children and the Anchorage, Alaska, School District: 25

Source: Devereux Center.

Percentage of Americans who rely highly on Google searches as a source of health care information, according to a survey conducted by Capstrat and Public Policy Polling: 22

Rank of Google in terms of influence in seeking health information: 2 (Second only to doctors -- 44 percent.)

Source: Capstrat and Public Policy Polling.

Average amount of money that car owners can save annually by opting for their local independent repair shop versus the car dealership, according to $300

Approximate amount of money spent annually at dealership service centers: $56.7 billion


Year that the first disc-type phonograph record was demonstrated publicly, an invention of Emile Berliner of Washington, D.C., according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1888

Decade when these discs were replaced by compact discs: 1980s

In 2000, estimated value of CD sales: $13 billion

Today, estimated value of CD sales, as consumers turn to downloaded digital music: $13 billion

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Percentage of teen passenger deaths that occur in vehicles driven by another teen, according to an analysis of crash data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety: 60

Percentage of teens who admit to feeling unsafe with another teen's driving, according to a survey by The Allstate Foundation: 75

Percentage who are willing to speak up in risky driving situations: 59

Percentage of teen girls who report they will say something in dangerous situations on the road, versus 66 percent of teen boys: 53

Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Percentage of firms with more than 1,000 employees that achieved at least a 6 percent increase in revenue compared to the previous reporting year, according to a survey of investment managers released by SimCorp StrategyLab: 52

Ranks of the introduction of new products, targeting new client segments and entering new geographic markets on the list of key growth acceleration strategies: 1, 2, 3

Source: SimCorp Strategy Lab.

Percentage of chief executives of Fortune 100 companies who have substantial international experience, according to a study by Healthy Companies International: 75

Percentage of top CEOs who had held a senior overseas assignment 10 years ago: 54

Source: Healthy Companies International. Contact Stephen Parker at 703-879-3381 or e-mail

Idle Thought

"A couple of months in the laboratory can save a couple of hours in the library." -- Frank H. Westheimer, chemistry professor

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