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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

June 16, 2014

Topic: Management & Leadership

Do what I say, not what I do

I have fond memories from my youth of my Dad saying things to me like: “Don’t make me pull this car over!”, “I’ll give you something to cry about!”, “Because I said so!” and “Do what I say, not what I do”. When I became a dad, unexplainably and unintentionally, I sometimes found some of these same classic words come flying out of my mouth! The last one is the phrase that I’m reminded of most, and in particular, in regards to my blog. I often wonder as I am giving out advice, am I really walking the walk? Or just talking the talk?

This …

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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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