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Corey Chambas: President & CEO of First Business Financial Services, Inc.
Corey Chambas, President & CEO of First Business Financial Services, Inc. is a featured blogger for IBMadison.com. Corey has over 25 years experience working with local businesses. He currently serves as a director of several of First Business's companies, is a board member of M3 Insurance Solutions, an advisory board member of Bellbrook Labs and Aldine Capital Fund, and a member of the Strategic Issues Campaign Committee for the United Way of Dane County.
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Topic: Management & Leadership
A client recently gave me a book called Younger Next Year (yes, I am turning 50 soon). It’s a good book. It examines the "relentless tide" of physical decay that happens as you age. Thanks for the uplifting book, Mike! The good news is you can combat the tide with minimal deterioration (until age 80, the authors promise!) primarily through rigorous cardio and strength training.
Established businesses operating at the status quo also face this "relentless tide" with advancing competition threatening to steal market share.
I was recently talking to someone who really needed to start putting more effort into their job, and it got me thinking about the concept of how much effort is enough. I thought back to my dad, whom I both give credit to and blame for making me as competitive as I am. In my childhood, whether it was school or sports, he was always asking me, "Did you try your best?" As an adult, when I coached youth sports, I would ask the kids on my team this same question. When they invariably answered "yes," I would tell them that they then were winners. I did this for two reasons: one, I wanted them to …
I was recently lucky enough to go on a trip that included surfing, and as usual, I found myself relating it to business. When you go surfing, you paddle out and then sit on your board, enjoying the sun, hanging out with some other surfers, and maybe even see a dolphin or turtle. Its nice and its relaxing. Its similar to doing "business as usual." But its not exactly what you came out for. There is no real challenge, no risk, and no thrill of success.