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with Corey Chambas

04/15/13

Would you pass the ‘beer test’?

I missed my last blog, as my mom recently passed away. One thing I will share with you is that my mom was truly the nicest person I ever met. That was obviously a wonderful thing for me throughout my life, and I hope at least a little of the niceness rubbed off on me. I think it helped me prosper work-wise, specifically at my current company. That’s because our company’s personality is one of being “nice.” That may sound biased, but being nice is not always the best corporate personality to have.

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02/11/13

Strength or weakness?

Think about someone you work with and know well. Now think about their greatest strength. Is it a strength or is it a weakness? It’s probably both. Last week I was talking to a coworker about how “a person’s weakness is an overextension of their strength.” I was surprised to find this was a new concept to her, as it is so familiar to me. The idea that a strength, in excess, could become a weakness was explained to me by my mentor, Jerry Smith, about 20 years ago, and I’ve found it to be true in many situations with many different people.

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01/14/13

Happy Same Year!

That doesn’t sound too exciting, does it? We all want the new year to be not just different, but, well … better. But unless you do something different, why should it be? Remember the definition of insanity – doing the same thing and expecting different results.

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12/17/12

Billionaire coach

No, this isn’t a story about highly paid coaches or Bret Bielema. It’s about a guy named Joe Moglia, who was hired this past year to coach Coastal Carolina’s football team. In his first year, he led the team to a share of the Big South Conference title. What is interesting about this is that in the last few years, he only had one paid coaching job. He’s been in the business world since 1984, and from 2001-8 was the CEO of TD Ameritrade and led the company as its market cap increased from $700 million to $9 billion.

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11/12/12

To meet or not to meet, that is the question

I have a friend who moved to the Pacific Northwest after college and worked at Reebok and Adidas, which are obviously large companies. Recently he went out on his own to be a consultant. We talked about why he made the change, how it was going, and so on, and he really seemed to like his new gig. When I asked what he missed least about his old job, he quickly replied, "The 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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