10 things you didn’t know last week

Distributed courtesy of Ask Ten

1. The 10 most common business jargon phrases are: thinking outside the box, touch base, going forward, blue sky thinking, downsizing, ducks in a row, thought shower, 360º thinking, park that idea and direction of travel. BBC
2. Words such as “expensive”, “fees” and “cost” dominate in the words UK residents most associate with universities, a survey of 4000 people suggests. “Expensive” had most mentions (775), followed by “fees” (171). YouGov
3. In 2000, median earnings for the chief executive of a FTSE 100 company were £900,000, a remarkable 47 times the median salary in Britain. By 2010 FTSE 100 executives were on a median income of £2.3m a year, a thumping 88 times the earnings of the average worker. Express
4. The reason why the very beginning of The Wizard of Oz is black and white, is because colour was not available at that point. When colour was available, the writers decided to start using it in Munchkinland. Mail
5. The Misery Index, the sum of the unemployment rate and annual rate of consumer price inflation, provides a concise snapshot of the state of the economy. It was widely watched in the stagflationary late 1970s and early 1980s. With unemployment up to 7.9% and inflation at 4.4%, the index has reached 12.3, the highest level since 1994, it’s set to make a comeback. FT
6. Europe’s football season has just kicked off once again. Here are the world’s ten highest paid football players (figures include salary, bonuses and endorsements). David Beckham ($40), Christiano Ronaldo ($38m), Lional Messai ($32m), Ricardo Kaka ($25m), Ronaldinho ($24m), Theirry Henry ($24m), Wayne Rooney ($20m), Frank Lampard ($17m), Zlatan Ibrahimovic ($17m) and Samuel Eto’o ($15m). Forbes
7. The A-Level pass rate rose for the 29th year in a row to 97.8% (compared to the 97.6% last year), but the proportion of exam entries gaining an A or A* grade remained at 27% (with A* accounting for 8.3%). There were big increases in the number of students taking maths, biology, chemistry and physics; the numbers taking languages (except Chinese) fell sharply. Guardian
8. The latest edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary has revealed this year’s additions to the lexicon. New words include “sexting” (sending sexually explicit photographs by mobile phone), “jeggings’ (a cross between leggings and jeans), “retweet” (to forward a message on Twitter), and “mankini” ( a man’s bikini such as what Sacha Baron Cohen wore in Borat). Times
9. 49% of Britons believe the sentences being given to rioters and looters are about right; 31% believe they’re too soft, 14% too harsh, 56% support the reintroduction of national service for all young people. YouGov
10. The top ten most popular magazines in the UK by circulation are Asda Magazine (1,980,740, up 1.7% in a year), Tesco Magazine (1,928,687 : 3.5%), Northern and Shell Titles Group (1,394,830 : 6.9%), TV Choice (1,354,761 : 3.5%), What’s on TV (1,274,035 :  5.4%), Tesco Real Food (1,216,875 : -2.7%), Morrisons Magazine (1,137,383 : 10.4%), Radio Times (901,036 : -4.9%), Sense Magazine (834,954 : -5.4%) and Take a Break (803,555 : -6.1%). Press Gazette

10 things from last week in the city:

1. Barack Obama nominated unemployment expert Alan Krueger as his chief economist, as he prepared to unveil a new jobs package. 2. Telecoms giant BT is to raise call charges for residential customers by up to 5% on 3 December – the second increase this year. 3. Steve Jobs, who has been on medical leave since the beginning of the year, stood down as chief executive of Apple, a client of TEN, but vowed to stay on as its chairman. 4. Typical pay settlements stood at 2.5% in the three months to the end of July, according to Incomes Data Services. 5. High Street retailers reported the most difficult conditions on the High Street for more than a year in the CBI’s regular survey. 6. China surpassed the US to become the largest PC market in the world, according to new research figures. 7. Swiss banking group UBS announced that it is to cut 3,500 jobs globally in a widely anticipated move to cut costs. 8. More than one in 10 town and city centre shops across the UK were vacant at the end of May, the British Retail Consortium said. 9. Scottish house prices fell by 3.7% in the past three months, according to the latest report by Lloyds TSB Scotland. 10. Housing minister Grant Shapps called on Liverpool Football Club to make a decision on their stadium plans to prevent continuing uncertainty in the area.

Leadership tip of the week:

Make all your meetings effective: Tear up your complicated meeting agenda. Even large meetings with multiple objectives really only have three purposes: to inform, to seek input, and to ask for approval. Create meeting agendas using this simple three-purpose meeting rule. Start by identifying the things on which you need to bring people up to speed. Ask for input on any items requiring discussion. Then request approval to move forward with any outstanding issues, and outline next steps. This will not only create a more simple and understandable agenda, but will help keep meetings focused and short.

William Montgomery recommends:

If your potential customers don’t know you’re there – how can they buy from you? I’ve been working with the guys at EssentiaMail – they are a specialist email marketing business. And the way they do things is just a little different. The emails they send out for their clients get read and actioned! If you’re looking to get more sales, give Nick Sladek a call – he’ll give you an insight into email marketing that’s refreshing and just a little different from the norm. [more]

Learning and development with TEN:

Mastering Leadership is our training and mentoring programme covering the 10 actions of effective leaders. Delivered over 10 days in 10 months, the programme covers all the leadership actions needed in today’s challenging business environment, including, but not limited to, learning, strategy, creativity, goals, time, emotions, motivation, change, communication and responsibility. Each day commences with a group discussion on the book and film of the month (which participants review prior to the session) followed by a three-hour module on one of the 10 actions and individual mentoring sessions. This programme is ideal for those about to take on a leadership role or those wishing to improve their current leadership capability. [more]

10 actions for the coming week:

10 actions for achieving best performance: Success does not begin with radically changing the way you work or acquiring new skills: the first step is to take what you already do to the highest level.  However trivial it may seem, if you can do a task … [more]

10 reasons to use Twitter for business: By using Twitter for business, you can communicate personally with your customers. You can create an entire marketing campaign using this free micro-publishing tool. [more]

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