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Feb 17, 201510:07 AMMind Your Business

with Corey Chambas

Woodworker’s credo: a business strategy?

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A few years ago when we had our kitchen remodeled, we had a butcher block put in. The remodeler who did the work told me that the butcher block needed to be oiled. When I asked how often, he said something along the lines of “once a day for a week, once a week for a month, once a month for a year, and then once a quarter thereafter.” (Disclaimer: I believe I personally dubbed this the “woodworker’s credo,” so don’t embarrass yourself by saying this to a real woodworker.)

You’re probably asking yourself, “What the heck does this have to do with a business blog?” Surprisingly, this little story comes up fairly regularly when I talk to folks about business. In fact, I have told it twice in the past two weeks.

This paradigm applies to many situations where something is new and needs some attention. In one case I was talking to someone who needed to start attending a new meeting series that required significant travel to attend in person. I explained my woodworker’s credo story and it helped her understand how to apply a similar pattern to the meetings by being physically present initially but then gradually changing to attending remotely.

In the other case it was somebody dealing with a new employee/supervisor relationship. For a while they had met on a weekly basis but then discontinued their check-in meetings cold turkey, which was too abrupt of a change. I again told my butcher block story and discussed how this pattern might make for a better transition and allow them to stay in touch and build upon the solid foundation they had established from their weekly meetings. 

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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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