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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.

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Recent Blog Posts

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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January 13, 2014

Management by Fear and Intimidation, It Works…

I just finished reading Inferno, by Dan Brown, and a line which is something like: Only one form of contagion travels faster than a virus - and that is fear. It got stuck in my head and caused me to think about how fear plays out in business. This definitely relates to the psychology of the individual investor and the stock market , which is alternatively driven by either greed or fear (“I’m missing out and I’ve got to get in” when it has gone up, or “I’ve got to get out,” when it has gone down.). But it also made me think about fear and intimidation …

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December 16, 2013

The key to communication: don't make assumptions

My favorite philosophy type book is “The Four Agreements.” It discusses four basic principles to live by, one being: Don’t Make Assumptions. I’m sure you’ve seen this happen in both work and in personal relationships; someone meaning no ill will make an assumption which then creates a misunderstanding. Due to the confusion, someone’s feelings end up being hurt, and it may even escalate into a major conflict. It happens all the time, including to me.

I can remember working on a big initiative, purposely taking time at a staff meeting to explain what it …

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