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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

December 14, 2010

What does that even mean?

We recently conducted our annual employee survey and "work-life balance" was an item that popped up in the open-ended comments section. It got me thinking about the concept and what that even means. I even looked it up on Wikipedia (the ultimate source of all truth and knowledge) and the definition was vague. It means different things to different people.

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November 30, 2010

Where's my magic bullet?

At the conclusion of a recent planning session, one of our board members asked me what I thought about the whole planning process. I blurted out, "It was really hard." And it was. A lot of hard work went into it. Usually I filter my thoughts a bit more before I speak, but it was a long day and I was tired and just being honest.

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November 16, 2010

Pick me! Pick me!

The recent elections were at the forefront of our world — there was no escaping the news coverage or the incessant commercials! That got me thinking about leadership roles. In business, management fills a leadership role similar to government officials. One difference is supervisors and leaders in business are appointed and not elected. They are really more like the coaching staff of a baseball team.

Interestingly, great coaches and managers often weren’t the greatest players. They had to work extremely hard in their careers, and in so doing, they learned the …

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