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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

September 17, 2013

Topic: Management & Leadership

Like Mick, ‘I can’t get no satisfaction’ … because I’m focused on improvement

How is your year so far? If not so good, I’m confident you’re already working hard to make the rest of the year better. If good, then congratulations! However, don’t get too comfortable, because this blog’s for you.

I’m a recovering perfectionist. Even when things are great, I tend to look for what’s not going so well. When I see a survey or report, I don’t dwell on the 90+% positive response color-coded green, I focus immediately on the couple of percent that are coded red. I’m not being negative or taking a “glass half …

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August 13, 2013

Topic: Management & Leadership

You ought to be committed

In my last blog I mentioned that I went on a trip to Israel, but what I didn’t mention was that even though the travel time was long (26 hours to get back), I cut the trip shorter than originally proposed so I could get back in time to do the Bike for Boys & Girls Club fundraising ride.

In fact, I got back home at 2 a.m., and the 50-mile ride started at 8:30. Why did I do this? Because I’m committed to fundraising for the Boys & Girls Club. Why? Because the folks at the Boys & Girls Club do great work. Why? Because the people who work there are committed to …

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July 31, 2013

Topic: Management & Leadership

All-in, all-out — finding work/life balance

Recently I was fortunate to go on a fascinating trip to Jerusalem. The religious, historical, and political aspects of Israel are incredibly interesting, and the confluence of people and religion is amazing.

The Western Wall of the Temple (aka, the Wailing Wall) — probably the most sacred Jewish site, which has a constant stream of people coming to pray 24/7 — is directly adjacent to the third most important mosque in the world, where on a typical Friday 50,000 Muslims come to worship, and on the last Friday during Ramadan approximately half a million …

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