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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

August 17, 2015

Topic: Management & Leadership

Keep Calm and Supervise On

If you read my blog you know I like to bike. Last weekend I had the same thing happen to me twice. I pull up to a four-way stop and while waiting to take my turn, one of the drivers (trying to be nice) doesn’t go when it’s their turn. Instead, they try to let me go, even though it’s not my turn. Others are ready to go before me (as they should) and nobody knows what to do, making a simple four way stop a dangerous situation. The problem would be averted if everyone just followed the rules. Unexpected behavior can lead to bad consequences.

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July 13, 2015

Topic: Management & Leadership

Ask, listen, and look – how to make better informed decisions

OK, I admit in some ways I’m a dinosaur. I thought I was with it and hip... wait, is "hip" still hip? But I’ve been a banker now for 30 years. When I first started and had to wear a suit and tie, I absolutely hated it. Over time I became used to it and started to believe that “suit and tie” was how a banker should look. 

But recently I changed my mind.

In a recent blog I mentioned the value of surveying employees in measuring …

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June 16, 2015

Topic: Management & Leadership

The worst shall be first – Why you need to do the hardest thing first

When I was 25, I thoroughly analyzed, wrote up, and prepared my very first commercial loan for loan committee. I was confident I had done a good job and was surprised when the chief credit officer (CCO) of the large bank I worked for called me into his office. He was a bit of a crusty old guy — probably about my age now! The whole of the conversation went like this:

CCO: “You should pull this loan.”

Me: “Why?”

CCO: “You should pull this loan.”

Me: “But why?”

CCO: “You should pull this …

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