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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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You may not have noticed but I fell off the blogging grid for a while. A little over a month ago when my last blog was due, my dad passed away unexpectedly. It has been very hard for me. I became inwardly focused and it totally sapped my creative energy. Ironically, over the last month I listened to a book called “Imagine” by John Lehrer which is all about creativity – the thing I was lacking. It’s a great book and I would highly recommend it.
The book covers many aspects of how and why creativity happens: how the brain actually works related to creative thinking, …
Topic: Management & Leadership
Every weekend when I bike along a portion of the local trail, I get stopped and asked to show my trail pass. At first this was a source of frustration as I am somewhat obsessed with tracking my average speed and this slows me down. After a couple of times, I asked the guy if he remembered me from the previous week and we struck up a bit of a conversation. Before we parted, I asked him his name and he had mine from looking at my trail pass. The next weekend as I approached him, instead of getting frustrated, I called out, "Hey Ken, it’s Corey," and he waved me by as he said hello. We …
A few years back I went through a coaching experience that was both interesting and productive. As is typical, the first step was an assessment of my strengths and “opportunities for improvement.” Although I thought I was pretty aware of my “opportunities,” I really benefited from the chance to fully understand them.
For example, I knew I was impatient, but I didn’t fully understand the impact that it had on others. This insight gave me an area to work on, and also a better understanding of myself. Knowing yourself better can help facilitate your success …