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.

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…

How to Build Your Strategic Network

A strategic network is a powerful tool to boost your career and ignite business growth. Professional colleagues, working together, can create synergies and opportunities far beyond the capabilities of any one individual. Power partners can make introductions, open doors, lend expertise and offer critical insights. Business is a team sport. No one can be an expert…

Leadership Insights – The Eclipse

The eclipse was amazing, and as we settle back into the routine, what leadership insights can we take away? Lessons from the Eclipse: We become caught up in the everyday, and lose perspective on the greater picture. Leadership is a process of continuous learning.  Consider the following reflections from our shared eclipse experience. Being at…

Business Ethics and Success

What are your professional and business ethics? What will you do, and won’t do, and under what circumstances? In life, things are often convoluted. There are extenuating circumstances, and nuances that truly blur the line between absolute right and absolute wrong. Sometimes the choice is between two evils, and even the lesser of the two…

Power Networking: 5 Tips to Avoid Disaster

Power networking builds; thoughtless networking destroys. Visibility in person and online can attract customers, supporters and affiliates. But the wrong actions or the wrong communications can at best make your efforts useless. More likely, the unknowing steps you take can damage your business and tarnish your personal reputation. Beyond the basics, networking adheres to unwritten…

Smart Decisions, Bad Decisions

In business, smart decisions can save grief in the present, and launch you into the future. On the other hand, just one poor decision can plunge you into a never-ending, frustrating morass. Your reputation, your effectiveness and potentially your career depend on your decisions. Bad Decisions Run Deep What was the last really bad decision you…