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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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We recently conducted our annual employee survey and "work-life balance" was an item that popped up in the open-ended comments section. It got me thinking about the concept and what that even means. I even looked it up on Wikipedia (the ultimate source of all truth and knowledge) and the definition was vague. It means different things to different people.
You can’t approach the work-life balance issue with a "one-size-fits-all" solution. I have one person I work with who starts early in the morning, works straight through lunch, and stays as long as it takes to get their work done …
At the conclusion of a recent planning session, one of our board members asked me what I thought about the whole planning process. I blurted out, "It was really hard." And it was. A lot of hard work went into it. Usually I filter my thoughts a bit more before I speak, but it was a long day and I was tired and just being honest.
The recent elections were at the forefront of our world — there was no escaping the news coverage or the incessant commercials! That got me thinking about leadership roles. In business, management fills a leadership role similar to government officials. One difference is supervisors and leaders in business are appointed and not elected. They are really more like the coaching staff of a baseball team.
Interestingly, great coaches and managers often weren’t the greatest players. They had to work extremely hard in their careers, and in so doing, they learned the …