Use a trash can, or someone will have to use a dumpster!

This so called paperless, computer-age society has created more trash than ever. And if your office space is messy, disorganized, a pile of papers, or worse…. then start using the trash can now.

Off and on for about a week, I have been cleaning out the cube of a former employee of ours, looking for the important papers and trying to get them organized so I can pick up the ball where she left off.

Today, I brought over the giant trash can and started trashing old crap that needed to find a home in the trash a long time ago.

So please, for everyones sanity, use the trash can everyday as part of your filing system.

(By the way, my own paperwork collection has been enormous, so I know first hand what a struggle it can be to file and toss everyday). Okay, back to work…..


Do you read the paper?

Research Brief from The Center for Media Research







Friday, June 22, 2007

Black and White and Not Very Read

According to a recent Harris Poll, in a survey of adults in five European countries, Australia and the United States, readership of major daily newspapers today ranges from a low of six percent of adults in Great Britain and Italy to a high of 13 percent in Spain and Germany. The number one source for each country is TV network news. Looking five years into the future, the lowest percentage of adults who indicate that major daily newspapers will be their source for news and information is in Great Britain and Italy (4% each) while the highest percentage is among German adults (12%).

Online sites have become the number one source of news and information for the United States, France, Italy, and Spain and are tied for first for Australian adults. TV network news will still be first for adults in Great Britain and Germany.

Across the countries, frequency of newspaper regular readership (5 or more days a week) varies greatly:

  • 48% of Spanish adults are regular readers
  • 46% percent of Germans
  • 39% of US adults are regular readers
  • 35% of British adults
  • 34% of Italian adults
  • 33% of Australian adults
  • 26% of French adults regularly read the paper

Lack of time is the number one reason for not reading the newspaper for adults in:

  • United States (58%)
  • France (57%)
  • Germany (56%)
  • Australia (66%)

For 54% of British and Spanish adults, the top reason for not reading the newspaper is that it is biased or has too narrow of a viewpoint in its reporting.

52% of Italian adults, 55% U.S. adults, 55% French adults and 49% of Australian adults say the top reason for not reading the newspaper is that it is easier to go online for news and information. The reports posits that this is something newspapers should be concerned with in moving towards the future.

Half or more of adults in Germany, Australia, France, US, and Spain access online news and information sites at least once a day. In Italy, this number jumps as three-quarters of adults. 28 percent of British adults access online news sites about once a week and one-third of British adults do not access online news sites with any regularity.

The majority of adults in all seven countries say it is important for newspapers to provide news and information about events in their region, country and the world, as well as to provide news they can use in their daily life and that is interesting to know.

In the United States Eight in ten U.S. adults say an important role of newspapers is in providing information that is needed to know how to vote, which is by far the highest of all the countries.

Looking to the future, says the report, respondents say that the top thing newspapers and their associated online news sites could do to better represent the issues in their communities would be to:

  • Ensure all points of views are represented.
  • Provide more research and findings on key issues
  • Raise the quality of writing and analysis

For more information on this report, including detailed results in charts and tables, please visit this site.

Random Facts

The following is from my e-mail this week. Click on the title of this post to get more information.

Volume 2 Issue 26 – June 18, 2007

1. 31% of people wait to have sex on Saturdays, according to advertising agency BBDO.
2. Bedding is purchased by 33% of furniture store buyers, followed by stationary sofas (29%), occasional tables (24%), and dining room or master bedroom (21% each), reports Furniture Today.
3. Marketers distributed approximately 280 million discount coupons in 2006; shoppers redeemed about 34 million of them, averaging various industry sources.
4. Cars and light trucks are the most heavily advertised products on network television, with manufacturers spending approximately $2.75 billion dollars on the category; prescription drugs are in the #2 slot, with spending 40% lower than on cars/trucks, according to TNS Media Intelligence.
5. Apparel is expected to hold the #2 slot in online sales for the second year in a row in 2007. Travel was and continues to be #1, says

Survival of the Fittest

Ever see the movie, The Money Pit with Tom Hanks and Shelly Long? If not, this money pit is a dream home that turned into a nightmare home…(a real pit that they kept throwing money into.)

Businesses that are not yet mature can be money pits too. All too often I have seen new businesses that are underfunded and then go under after bleeding the investors of their life savings, second mortgage and their credit rating is a negative number!

I try to help people from doing this. All too often, mistakes are made that can be avoided. Outside perspective from an experienced expert can help. Not that I am an expert, but I have collected a lot of wisdom by working with hundreds of business owners over the past 20 years.

Having been a manager and having to depend on others to be successful can be nerve racking. But what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and hopefully wiser.