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with Corey Chambas

07/22/14

By the time you get to Missoula, you’re really fit: the value of lifelong learning

On beautiful Friday or Saturday summer evenings, my wife and I like to hang out at the Memorial Union Terrace. The last time we were there, I happened to strike up a conversation with a guy sitting next to us. He ended up telling us that when he retired last summer, he gave himself a retirement present of biking solo across the country.

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06/23/14

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, inexplicably 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 regard to my blog. I often wonder as I am giving out advice, am I really walking the walk? Or just talking the talk?

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05/12/14

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.

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03/17/14

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.

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02/17/14

What makes the great ones great?

I love sports. Not only are they entertaining, but they also provide examples that can be applied to life and especially to business. Right now the focus is on the Olympics, but a concept that’s 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 great, but how do you make everyone around you better at work?

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Corey Chambas has over 25 years of business experience. He is the President and CEO of First Business Financial Services, Inc., serves as a director of several of First Business’ 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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