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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

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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November 02, 2010

You Gotta Have Faith

No, this is not a religious call to action or a George Michael reference. I started thinking about how "you gotta have faith" in the aftermath of the Badger vs. Hawkeyes game. The coaches and players made several references to "having faith" and "believing" they could beat Iowa. This was when none of the pundits thought they could follow up the emotional win over number one Ohio State with a strong enough effort to win at Iowa. (I have to admit I was one of those.) As I read their remarks, I couldn’t help but make the connection to business.

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October 19, 2010

Sweat the Details

People always say, "don’t sweat the details," but I say for business success it’s critical to sweat the details. The details are the difference between adequate service and exceptional service, between satisfied clients and loyal clients, and good and great companies.

I was recently at a luncheon where Troy Vincent, former Badger and NFL star, spoke. He talked about a new attitude that Barry Alvarez brought in when Barry took over the football program at Wisconsin. He took a losing team and program and made it a winner. One of the key phases that Troy said Barry emphasized over and …

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