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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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August 21, 2012

Topic: Management & Leadership

Someone to chase

Last Saturday I headed out for my bike ride, unmotivated and a little bit sore after testing for the In Business Fittest Executive competition the previous day. I wasn’t up for the challenge of my normal hilly ride, so I intentionally started on a flatter route. As I headed out of town on Seminole Highway, a young woman about my daughter’s age passed me, and friendly as can be said, “Have a nice ride!”

As she easily blew by me, my competitive drive kicked in and I wondered if I could keep up. She pulled away for a …

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July 23, 2012

Topic: Management & Leadership

But will the dog eat the dog food?

One of our bank directors, Tim Keane, is a serial entrepreneur who, among other endeavors, has started, bought, and sold several companies and is the head of the Golden Angels Network. Consequently, he has looked at a lot of new ideas from fledgling companies. He is also a master of the metaphor.

He has a saying that I really like: "But will the dog eat the dog food?" By this he means, is there a market that will buy this new product? You can have the most nutritious or lowest-priced dog food, but if the dog won’t eat it, it really doesn’t matter.

The reason this is on …

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June 25, 2012

Topic: Management & Leadership

Fail forward

I recently heard about a book written by John Maxwell called Failing Forward. I haven’t yet read the book, but when I heard the title, it immediately grabbed my attention. My mind started racing with several concepts of how I thought about “failing forward.” It was particularly timely as I had just had a project fail to work out, but was able to see it as a learning experience.

I and many of our people spent a lot of time on this …

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