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.

Coming Out on Top: Creating Your Career in the Gig Economy

Creating your career isn’t what it used to be. For decades, you could work diligently, pay your dues, learn the ropes, and move up the career ladder. There was a beautiful wedding cake of promotion possibilities – from lead worker to manager, to supervisor, division director, vice-president and beyond. Then things changed. The career ladder…

9 Tips for Successful Team Facilitation

Team facilitation can make or break the best intended planning session. You gather your team together, set aside one or more major chunks of time, and launch your agenda. And you come away with a dynamic, focused plan and enthusiastic support… or not. There are no guarantees that your brainstorming or strategic planning sessions will…

Seven Keys to Career Success

What is Your Career Strategy? Have you ever wondered about the keys to career success? There are an infinite number of formulas and ideas, and thousands of books on the subject. Some formulas are simple, some are complex. There is no one right answer, but let me share one simple concept that I’ve found effective.…

Create and Achieve Your Personal Strategic Plan

What is your personal strategic plan? Where do you want to go, and how do you plan on getting there? What milestones do you need to reach along the way? What do you need to accomplish in order to meet those milestones? And will you really get there? Most of us have dreams, visions or…

When Things Get Tough: Evaluating Your Career Options

  When the workplace becomes intolerably stressful, what are your career options? Often, a career path is anything but linear. You may be charging toward advancement one minute, and ready to charge out the door, never to return, the next. Most of the time, you roll with the punches. But sometimes the pattern becomes increasingly…

M is for Manipulation and Other Management ABCs

We all need something to make us smile; something different, once in awhile. So invest the time now, if you please, to review the management ABCs. Give your brain a gentle jog, and enjoy this eccentric management blog.   A is for Attention. Pay attention to details. The business ignored by leadership is the business that derails.…

Manipulation Tactics: Ten Traps and How to Avoid Them

In business, manipulation tactics can be subtle or blatant. They can be a part of cultural norms, or press uncomfortably into the realm of the unacceptable. We can argue that almost all of business, indeed almost all of life has elements of  manipulation. A good report card might net an ice cream sundae for an…

How Not to Improve Employee Morale

It may be a rude awakening, or a creeping uneasiness, but at some point, you and other leaders in your organization may decide to make a concerted effort to improve employee morale. You may have been caught blindsided. You may have issued a survey with the expectation of stellar feedback, only to be caught in…

The Other Generation: You’re Not Crazy, and Neither Are They!

In business, communicating with “the other generation” can seem like a step into insanity. It’s hard to maintain civility when your statements or questions are met with confusion, frustration or, on occasion, downright hostility. Be reassured; you are not crazy, and, surprise, neither are they. Almost no one on either side of the proverbial generation gap…