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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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I was asked to do this "Mind" Your Business blog series a while back. I was told it would be a good thing to do and not to worry, "it would be easy." I’ve received some positive feedback on my posts, so I think it has turned out to be a good thing. However, I can tell you it is NOT as easy as advertised. Consistently coming up with thought-provoking content is a challenge. As I started the series I had a couple of ideas so I started strong, but I was worried about continuing to come up with meaningful subject matter every two weeks.
I hoped I wouldn’t become a "one hit …
I just got back from our annual sales summit. This is one of two annual company meetings we hold offsite (the other being our strategic planning sessions). This is the second year in a row we faced a snowstorm the day of our event and had to endure a white knuckle drive to get to our out-of-town meeting. Add to that being out of the office and getting a day and a half behind on work, plus a night away from our families, and you could ask "is it worth the hassle of going offsite?"
Actually, I think it is. For major meetings like this, I believe there is value to assembling in a more …
People have often commented to me that I don’t seem to get stressed. That’s not really true. I use the analogy that many of you have heard: a duck may look calm above the water, but its feet may be frantically paddling beneath the surface. That’s how I am sometimes; while I appear calm on the outside, my mind (and stomach!) may be churning on the inside.
The topic of stress recently came up when we did an employee survey. The survey asked employees if they were bothered by too much stress at work. The key words are "too much." If the question was, "Are you bothered by stress at …