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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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December 16, 2013

Topic: Management & Leadership

Don't Make Assumptions - The Key to Communication

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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November 11, 2013

Topic: Management & Leadership

How do you define success? Do you work to live or live to work?

I just got back from my first real cool-weather (44 degrees) bike ride of the year. I only go out if it’s above 40 degrees, and it made me think about how I define a successful bike ride. In the summer I usually judge it by my average speed, which I track on every ride. In the fall, once it gets …

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October 14, 2013

Topic: Management & Leadership

Management, it's so simple

That’s right, it is simple...but it’s not easy. I was reminded of that when I recently saw a best seller list of top ten business books. It included three I had read:  The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni, Good to Great by Jim Collins, and Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson. These current “best sellers” are all over ten years old! Given the proliferation of business research, the rapid flow of information, and the money to be made in publishing business books, why aren’t new successful business management books constantly …

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