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with Corey Chambas

01/18/12

Hang ten

I was recently lucky enough to go on a trip that included surfing, and as usual, I found myself relating it to business. When you go surfing, you paddle out and then sit on your board, enjoying the sun, hanging out with some other surfers, and maybe even see a dolphin or turtle. It’s nice and it’s relaxing. It’s similar to doing “business as usual.” But it’s not exactly what you came out for. There is no real challenge, no risk, and no thrill of success.

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08/16/11

Fishing for a change

I was recently on a musky fishing trip where my buddy and I fished for three and a half days, 12-plus hours a day, and caught two muskies. If you're not familiar with musky fishing, that was actually a successful trip. As you can imagine, there's a lot of time between contact with fish, and often you start second-guessing your strategy.

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06/14/11

I think I can, I think I can, I think I can

Attitude equals success. Is it really as simple as that? Not exactly, but I think it’s close. I recently got a new bike, as you may know from my previous blogs, but there was a problem. My average speed on the new bike over several rides was slow and no better than I had been achieving on my old bike. I was extremely discouraged. I thought, “I know the bike’s lighter, I should be faster – am I just getting old?”

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05/17/11

At least I'm better than I used to be

Last weekend I was out riding my new bike for the first time (if you see me, I can show you a picture of it since it's now the wallpaper on my phone!). I hadn't found time to get my bike computer switched over yet, and that was a problem for me as it left me in the dark about whether I was any faster on the new bike. Each time I ride, I try to beat my previous ride's average speed – that's my gauge on whether I'm getting faster, slower, or staying the same. That got me thinking about the topic of measuring success and how something similar applies in the business world.

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04/19/11

Crisis – danger or opportunity?

I went on a couple of bike rides last weekend. On Saturday it was 50 degrees, damp and cold, and I saw some snow along the road. I had to stop and put my hat on under my helmet – but that may have something to do with being follically challenged.

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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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