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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

October 14, 2014

Topic: Management & Leadership

The value of relationships

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 …

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September 23, 2014

For best results, know yourself

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 …

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August 26, 2014

Topic: Management & Leadership

Work like a dog

From the title, you probably thought this blog was going to be about how if you work really hard you’ll get ahead and succeed. While that’s true, that’s not where I’m going. I’m thinking more about how you can succeed at work, and life in general, if you mimic the lovable traits of man’s best friend.

I live in the land of bumper stickers, and my favorite one is, "Lord, Help Me To Be The Person My Dog Thinks I Am." No matter what you’ve done good or bad, your dog - without fail - will greet you when you come home like you’re the greatest thing they’ve ever …

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