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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

June 25, 2012

Fail forward

I recently heard about a book written by John Maxwell called Failing Forward. I haven’t yet read the book, but when I heard the title, it immediately grabbed my attention. My mind started racing with several concepts of how I thought about “failing forward.” It was particularly timely as I had just had a project fail to work out, but was able to see it as a learning experience.

I and many of our people spent a lot of time on this …

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May 15, 2012

What would my replacement do?

I just attended the Chick-fil-A Leadercast event, which was very good. It was a simulcast presentation viewed live by 125,000 people with a goal of creating better leaders. It is an annual event that I would recommend: The presenters were very energizing, I picked up ideas for a few leadership and personal growth development books I want to read, and most importantly I came away with a new blog topic!

The general theme of the event was making decisions, and the first presenter, Andy Stanley, gave three rules to use for decision-making. For me, it was worth attending the event just to …

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April 16, 2012

What "good" looks like

I just finished Steve Jobs’ biography, which is very good, and obviously he was a visionary and genius. I also recently read an article about managers attempting to adopt Steve Jobs’ management style and techniques, including one CEO who even started wearing black turtlenecks.

I am not so sure this is a great idea, and not just because I’m not big on turtlenecks. While Jobs was brilliant at product design and innovation, as a manager, he was volatile and sometimes even downright cruel. He seemed to either love someone’s work or tell him it “sucked” (or worse). His …

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