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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.

Corey's recent blog postings are featured below.

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Recent Blog Posts

June 14, 2011

I think I can, I think I can, I think I can

Attitude equals success. Is it really as simple as that? Not exactly, but I think its close.

I recently got a new bike, as you may know from my previous blogs, but there was a problem. My average speed on the new bike over several rides was slow and no better than I had been achieving on my old bike. I was extremely discouraged. I thought, "I know the bikes lighter, I should be faster am I just getting old?"

Then I realized that my new bike had a different tire size (25cc versus 23cc). Because my wheel had a greater circumference, my computer was off. I adjusted the …

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May 17, 2011

At least I'm better than I used to be

Last weekend I was out riding my new bike for the first time (if you see me, I can show you a picture of it since it’s now the wallpaper on my phone!). I hadn’t found time to get my bike computer switched over yet, and that was a problem for me as it left me in the dark about whether I was any faster on the new bike. Each time I ride, I try to beat my previous ride’s average speed that’s my gauge on whether I’m getting faster, slower, or staying the same. That got me thinking about the topic of measuring success and how something similar applies in the business world.

Usually when …

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April 19, 2011

Crisis - danger or opportunity?

I went on a couple of bike rides last weekend. On Saturday it was 50 degrees, damp and cold, and I saw some snow along the road. I had to stop and put my hat on under my helmet - but that may have something to do with being follically challenged.

Sunday it was in the mid-70s and I put on sunscreen before I went out. As Wisconsinites, we all know to expect the unexpected with spring weather, as anything can happen. (Interesting little tidbit: Did you know that while it snowed on April 1 this year, last year it was 81 degrees in Madison an all-time record high?)

In …

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