Hi! I'm Ellen Huxtable, the owner of Advantage Business Concepts. Advantage Business Concepts offers simple solutions to grow strong businesses. We conduct seminars, workshops and mastermind groups, as well as providing direct one-on-one support to businesses. Our business workbook, "Turbo-charge & Transform!" gives business owners and managers a concise format to get a team rowing in the same direction, looking to the future, and planning realistic, proactive responses to challenges and opportunities.

Boomer Time vs. Millennial Time: Bridging the Gap

Comparing the Baby Boomer sense of time to Millennial time can lead to the very logical conclusion that the generations exist in parallel universes. “They’re never on time!” wail the Boomers “They’re always on my case!” grumble the Millennials. In a stab for intergenerational harmony, here is one take on mutual understanding and narrowing the…

2040 Leaders: The Changing of the Guard

Who are the 2040 Leaders, and why should we care? 2040 Leaders are the young business professionals who are in positions of responsibility now, and have the focus and drive to achieve even greater things in their professional careers. They are the movers and shakers for the future – the leaders of 2040. And they…

Three Tips to Win at Negotiation

You want to win at negotiation. Even for the moderately competitive, the reality of something on the line gets the adrenaline flowing. You want to “Go for the win.” But what does that mean, and how do you achieve it? Popular wisdom says, “Go for win-win.” But why? Doesn’t that really mean “Settle for the…

Four Fatal Flaws Which Destroy a Booming Business

What fatal flaw is waiting in the wings, ready to destroy your booming business? And what can you do to stop it? You can have an amazing business, with increasing sales and activity. But just as one weak spot can explode an expanding balloon, one weakness in a booming business can blow up everything. How…

Business Strategies from Pokemon Go!

  What business strategies can possibly be gained from Pokemon Go? Just because it’s the hottest craze to hit cyber-civilization, why should the established and sometimes dull business community look to this new fad for insights? First, Pokemon Go is successful – spectacularly so. And every business, except possibly for the partners in “The Producers,”…

Aiming for Success: Know Yourself!

Are you aiming for success, or is your future riding on the kindness of strangers? Where do you intend to be in five, ten, or fifteen years, and what are you doing to get there? Time is not your friend. Take charge of your career. There are no guarantees regarding the future, but your odds…

Accelerate Your Career – SWOT Yourself!

Accelerate your career by taking a fresh look at SWOT. SWOT is a simple format to assess your competitive position. Corporations and organizations use SWOT to identify areas opportunities and set strategies for innovation and growth. While SWOT is common in corporate strategic planning, it can be even more powerful when applied to your career development.…

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Quiz: Are You on Track for Leadership Success?

  The core of leadership success Leadership success can be elusive. The promotion, the title, the salary boost do not make a leader. Even the ability to give orders and demand action do not constitute leadership success. Leadership success means serving the staff, the organization, the clients and customers, as well as your career. Leadership success is built…

5 Tips: Communicate to Win!

Do you communicate to win, or to lose? Successful leaders communicate to win. Business is a team sport, and the success of the team and its leaders depends on communication. Top management expects results, and results depend on communication. Communication is more than words; communication is reaching understanding. And the most effective communication both reaches…

3 Tips to Find New Profits Hidden in Plain Sight

  What new profits are you missing? Sometimes we can miss finding new profits hidden in plain sight. We become accustomed to the way things are, and repeat actions by rote. Take a chance. Take a look at your business with open eyes. Think creatively. You may be surprised to see the new opportunities to…