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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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May 13, 2014

Topic: Management & Leadership

The power of ‘why?’

Four-year-old kids are famous for asking “why?” Some kids will continue to ask “why?” “why?” “why?” until eventually the parent exasperatedly exclaims, “Because I said so!” Well, as frustrating as it might be, that 4-year-old is on the right track. “Why?” is the key question a person needs to ask to learn and grow intellectually.

Last week I was interviewing a potential recruiter who talked about the key personality trait of their staff being curiosity. This intrigued me, as I believe this is also a key …

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March 19, 2014

Topic: Management & Leadership

The Benefits of Being a Graybeard

I recently grew a beard for the first time since my freshman year in college. Back when I was 18, it was dark. This time it came in salt and pepper — okay, mainly salt. So I’m literally a graybeard. I’m sure you’ve heard the term. Someone experienced, seasoned, been around the block. It’s not all good getting old — just ask my achy knee, hip, or shoulder — but there are some benefits to being a graybeard.

By definition, it means you’ve been around for a while. Which also means — assuming you haven’t been a jerk — that …

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February 17, 2014

What Makes the Great Ones Great?

I love sports. Not only are they entertaining, but they also often provide examples that can be applied to life and especially to business. Right now the focus is on the Olympics, but a concept that is intriguing to me came from the recent NFL playoffs and some of the great quarterbacks involved of whom it was said “they make everyone around them better.” How does that relate to the business world? Everyone wants to be a great, but how do you make everyone around you better at work?

First, let’s look at the people that report to you. If you’ve read my blogs before …

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