Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For October 02, 2011

Percentage of single men who say they are more productive in the workplace when they are dating someone, according to a survey by Zoosk: 64

Percentage of single women who say their productivity actually goes down or is unchanged when they are in a relationship: 53

Percentage of men who say their role model for living a "fabulous unmarried life" is George Clooney: 65

Percentage of single women who say Cameron Diaz is living the ultimate unmarried life: 62

Source: Zoosk.

Percentage of Americans, prompted by nasty headlines about the economy and the stock market, who reduced their spending in the past 60 days, according to Bankrate.com's September Financial Security Index: 40

Source: Bankrate Inc.

Percentage of parents who believe that helping their kids with algebra is harder than teaching them to drive a car, according to the results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress: 70

Percentage of eighth-graders who scored at or above the proficient level in math: 34

Source: Sylvan Learning.

Ranks of Texas, North Carolina and South Carolina on the list of places having the best business climates among the 50 states, according to a survey of U.S. corporate executives conducted by Development Counselors International (DCI): 1, 2, 3

Ranks of California, New York and Illinois on the list of U.S. states with the least favorable business climates: 1, 2, 3

Source: Development Counselors International.

Number of older adults -- more than a quarter of those 55 and older -- who contributed, on average, more than 3 billion hours of service in their communities per year between 2008 and 2010, according to data released by the Corporation for National and Community Service: 18.7 million

Estimated yearly economic benefit of this service to the nation: $64 billion

Source: Corporation for National and Community Service.

Percentage of cats who said their favorite thing to do was to stay on the move and roam around the house, according to world's first cat survey with Temptations Treats for Cats and Sonya Fitzpatrick -- best known for her television series on Animal Planet and her current SiriusXM show, "Animal Intuition": 52

Percentage of cats who said they liked to watch television: 2

Percent of cats who said getting wet was their biggest annoyance: 49

Source: Temptations.

Percentage of family businesses where the strategic issues are mostly decided by a family council, according to a study of family business owners and executives from the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe released by executive search firm Egon Zehnder International: 51 percent

Percentage of executives from this type of company who describe collaboration with the owners as "marked by major conflicts": 33

Percentage of conflicts that are caused by doubts regarding the merits of family members who work at the company: 60

When asked why they would not work for a family business, percentage of executives who named a lack of career prospects: 40

Source: Egon Zehnder International.

Rank of rice on the list of the world's most important grains, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1

Number of pounds of rice consumed annually by individual Americans in 1980: 9.5

Number of pounds consumed today: 21

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Percentage of business leaders who ranked increased technological capabilities such as IT, mobile computing and social media to be the most important skills by far for tomorrow's global workforce, according to an international survey of business leaders from the U.S., U.K., China and Brazil, commissioned by Global Partnership Schools and GEMS Education from PricewaterhouseCoopers: 37

Percentage who ranked deep technical skills as the most important skill for tomorrow's global workforce: 20

Source: Global Partnership Schools.

Percentage of U.S. adults ages 25-54 who said they would encourage college students to participate in internship programs and the networking opportunities that exist there to make getting a job easier, according to a survey by Aerotek: 57

Percentage of those who held internships who found their current job through networking: 55

Source: Aerotek.

Idle Thought

"All intelligent thoughts have already been thought; what is necessary is only to try to think them again." -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

(Readers can contact John MacIntyre at johnmacintyre(at)bwr.eastlink.ca.)