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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

May 07, 2013

Topic: Management & Leadership

Bring your B game

Last weekend I went out for my first bike ride of the year. The first ride is always hard, and I was battling a strong wind that day too. The bad news was I realized my computer battery was dead. But that ended up being the good news, as I didn’t know how slow I was on that first windy ride.

After my initial frustration that I couldn’t track my average speed like I always do, I realized it didn’t really matter for this particular ride. The first ride is about getting outside, putting your legs and lungs through real hills, and getting yourself ready for the upcoming …

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April 15, 2013

Topic: Human Resources

Would you pass the 'beer test'?

I missed my last blog, as my mom recently passed away. One thing I will share with you is that my mom was truly the nicest person I ever met. That was obviously a wonderful thing for me throughout my life, and I hope at least a little of the niceness rubbed off on me. I think it helped me prosper work-wise, specifically at my current company. That’s because our company’s personality is one of being “nice.” That may sound biased, but being nice is not always the best corporate personality to have.

Nice works for companies like First Business because we’re …

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February 12, 2013

Strength or Weakness?

Think about someone you work with and know well. Now think about their greatest strength. Is it a strength or is it a weakness? It’s probably both.

Last week I was talking to a coworker about how “a person’s weakness is an overextension of their strength.” I was surprised to find this was a new concept to her, as it is so familiar to me. The idea that a strength, in excess, could become a weakness was explained to me by my mentor, Jerry Smith, about 20 years ago, and I’ve found it to be true in many situations with many different …

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