Transition, Not Transaction

A Blog and Resources From Denise Logan

Transition, Not Transaction

A Blog and Resources From Denise Logan

The “Favorite Uncle” Standard of Care

Fifteen years ago, my parents were running three businesses and, within a three-month period, each of them was diagnosed with cancer. Dad with late-stage colon cancer, mom with mid-stage breast cancer. They were suddenly in over their heads, and everything began to unravel. I lived in another state and, like many of...

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In One Shining Moment

This week begins March Madness, the NCAA men’s basketball championship tournament.  From now until the final game is played on April 5, film crews will be capturing the most memorable moments – from the joyous to the heartbreaking - to craft into a video montage played at the end of the tournament over one of the...

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Is a Groundhog Running Your Deals?

Today is Groundhog Day and millions of folks all over the country will be looking to see if there will be 6 more weeks of winter by watching the antics of a groundhog named Punxatawney Phil.  You know, if he sees his shadow, we get six more weeks of winter.  If not, then spring is right around the corner. In many a...

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Turning the Page

Every year, I press pause for the last few weeks in December to create space for reflection and to connect with the people who are important to me, always encouraging you as my readers to do so, too.  In any other year, I would ask you these two questions to open a space for that reflection: “On a scale of 1 to 10,...

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Why Gratitude Is Good for You

Do you need some motivation for practicing gratitude this Thanksgiving? It turns out that gratitude is good for our bodies, our minds, and our relationships. Advisors and business owners who feel honored to work with each other close deals at substantially higher rates and are happier with the outcomes, which leads...

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Is Dying at Your Desk Noble or Tragic?

Earlier this year, I facilitated a retreat for a group of business owners to talk about how to know when it’s time to sell their business and retire and how to navigate that transition without regrets.  One of them I’ll call “Brian” announced he had no plans to retire – “Not me,” he said.  “I’m planning to...

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Grief, Loss, and Owners on the Brink

“I can’t take it anymore!” Ed shouted into the phone when I answered. He was understandably exasperated.  This was the third time his client, Walter, had threatened to blow up the deal he’d been working on for months.  “He told me he’s not sure he wants to sell the business anymore.   Can you believe that?  We’re set...

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Let Your Empathy Be Contagious

I spend my days keeping people and deals from falling apart. Right now, as I watch the coronavirus pandemic march across communities with all of its uncertainty, I’m struck by how similar this dynamic is to what I see playing out in deals every day.  It reminds me that one of the best tools to ease that panic is...

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The Thread & The Throughline

There’s a thread you follow.  It goes among things that change. But it doesn’t change. People wonder about what you are pursuing. You have to explain about the thread. But it is hard for others to see. While you hold it you can’t get lost. Tragedies happen; people get hurt or die;  and you suffer and get...

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Will You Know When It’s Time?

“Now just feels like the right time,” said Steve Croft (age 73) on Sunday as he announced his retirement after 30 years at the CBS News show 60 Minutes.  He said he’d been considering when to retire at the end of each of the past four seasons and knew it was finally time. Hearing him say that he wanted to leave...

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Permission To Care

He told me, “Sometimes I just feel so lonely. Lost, in fact. Where did my friends go? I guess I just let work and family take up so much space that I’ve ended up feeling like a stranger in a strange land. I miss that I don’t have a universe of close men in my life. The worst part is feeling myself stuck in solitude...

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Building Your Courage Muscles

I was talking to my massage therapist the other night about a workshop called Courageous Choices that I led recently for a group of senior executives. I was preparing them to exit their companies and discover a legacy beyond just money.  Helping people make courageous choices is at the heart of what I do as a...

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Taking Back Your Life

  Have you ever been to a restaurant with a sushi train?  It’s a revolving conveyor belt that snakes through the restaurant loaded with little plates of sushi.  Diners choose directly from the sushi-go-round the nibbles that appeal to them.  Like at a dim sum restaurant, the plates are color-coded by price.  At...

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Integrity at Work

INTEGRITY AT WORK … Do Your People Care? No, REALLY, Care? For two days, I’ve been trying to catch a little stray dog in my neighborhood without success. I’ve enlisted neighbors and tried to engage passing motorists to help as this scraggly little brown dog would dart away from me toward the traffic on a busy main...

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