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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 30 years of business experience. He is the President and CEO of First Business Financial Services, Inc., is chairman of the board of M3 Insurance Solutions, an advisory board member of Aldine Capital Fund, and a member of the board of the United Way of Dane County and the 2018 Campaign Chair.

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