Author Archive | Ellen Huxtable

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Reflections

Giving Thanks: It’s Thanksgiving, and a time to pause and reflect. What are you thankful for? What in your life is good, and valued, and a joy? Take a moment; make your personal list. My List: Health – freedom to enjoy life’s blessings Sight – to see loved ones, nature and everyday miracles Hearing – […]

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career In transition

6 Tips Before You Land “In Transition”

Landing “In Transition” Being “in transition” can be your worst nightmare, or greatest blessing. Your next career move might be wholly voluntary. The work situation is growing intense. Stress, anger and frustration take over. You decide that anything is better than staying where you are, and you walk out the door, into both freedom and […]

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career crisis

Career Crisis: Should You Stay or Should You Go?

Are you in a career crisis? We’ve all had that really bad day at the office, when everything seems to implode, or explode, or somehow concurrently do both. Or you may find your daily grind becomes even more grinding, day by day and week by week. Sometimes things resolve, but sometimes they don’t, and you […]

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holiday balance

5 Top Tips for Holiday Balance

Holiday balance can seem impossible. Instead of visions of sugarplums, we see an avalanche of work deadlines, holiday pageants and cookie trays. We breathlessly dash through the season, and collapse at the end, grateful to have somehow survived. Let’s step back. We probably can’t recapture the golden memory days (which probably weren’t as golden as […]

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holiday work-life balance

Creating Holiday Work-Life Balance at Work

Creating a holiday work-life balance can seem beyond impossible. Indeed, work-life balance at any time is a challenge. But for many businesses, the 4th quarter means closing out the fiscal year, meeting sales quotas and deadlines, and setting budgets and plans for the upcoming year. Meanwhile, on the home front, there are family gatherings, winter […]

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Create "Wow!"

How to Create Marketing “Wow!”

Does your business create marketing “Wow!”? Are you constantly thinking about new ways to delight your customers? Do you have an edge? Competition in every field is fierce. Even if you dominate your market, there are always others ready to enter, offering something new and enticing to your steady customers. Your predictable, dependable product suddenly […]

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jumpstart strategic planning

5 Key Questions to Jumpstart Strategic Planning

The fourth quarter is here, fall is in the air, and in the business world, it’s time to jumpstart strategic planning for the new year. Do not permit yourself to be lulled into complacency. Yes, the weather is still balmy at times, and yes, the trees still hold some fall color. But year end is […]

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Work-life balance

Finding Work-life Balance: How to Beat the Ultimate Guilt Trip

Finding work-life balance – welcome to the ultimate no-win guilt trip. Too much work time, and you wonder, “What am I missing? What am I working for? When will I be able to live? And what if I die tomorrow?” And in the midst of leisure, the nagging little voice says, “You’re falling behind. Associates […]

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Meetings destroy morale

Do Your Meetings Destroy Morale?

Do your meetings destroy morale? Do your staff members suffer a slow “death by meeting?” Meetings, whether face-to-face or electronic, are entrenched in business culture. We feel we need to keep people informed, and solicit input, feedback and buy-in. We feel meetings build morale. But do they? Are your meetings building morale or tearing down […]

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