By: Richard Ollis If you have a credit report, there’s a good chance that you’re one of 143 million Americans whose personal information was exposed in a data breach at Equifax. Equifax is one of three major credit reporting agencies in the U.S. and suffered a data breach that allegedly lasted from May through July 2017. According to Equifax, people's names, Social Security … [Read more...] about Bears Business Brief: The Equifax breach: What you need to know now
You’ve heard the old saying, are leaders born or made? My answer is yes! Leadership is sometimes a complex proposition, but it doesn’t have to be. Following is my top ten list of qualities and attributes for successful and effective leadership. Competitive Spirit – When you lose, get up and try again. Laugh Often – Be serious about your responsibility, but don’t take … [Read more...] about Bears Business Brief: Top ten qualities of leadership, plus a few more
By: Richard Ollis Missouri is the latest state to file a lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies that sell and market opioid painkillers, alleging the companies created an addiction crisis by misrepresenting the risks and benefits of their drugs. Widespread opioid addiction has pushed U.S. overdose rates to an all-time high — quadrupling since 1999. And Missouri’s … [Read more...] about Bears Business Brief: How does opioid addiction affect area business?
By: Brad Thomas Great product? Check. Pricing strategy? Check. Expense control? Check. Understanding of codes, laws and regulations? Check. Guaranteed success? Maybe not!!! Even with the best of plans and resources, business success is tough unless the organization has a plan, backed by a sincere desire, to build real and lasting relationships with the … [Read more...] about Bears Business Brief: A business case for passionate customer focus
By: Jon Baker Warren Buffett says a leader’s ability to focus on the right things is possibly the most important key to success in business. Two indicators tell us how a business is doing: lagging and leading indicators. Lagging indicators are metrics like profit and customer satisfaction scores. Leading indicators are what you can control upstream and might include … [Read more...] about Bears Business Brief: Great leaders know that culture is more than values