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with Corey Chambas

11/11/13

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 fairly cold, I measure success by whether or not I dressed appropriately to not freeze while I am out. How one measures success can vary.

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10/14/13

Management — it’s so simple (if you apply the ‘nice-honest’ approach)

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 10 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 10 years old!

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09/16/13

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.

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08/12/13

You ought to be committed: Dedication to work and community makes all the difference

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.

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07/29/13

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 showed up.

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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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