Positive Enterprise Value Blog

Pete Worrell's latest thought leadership on how the character of EOMs influences decision making.

How is it that some privately owned businesses end up with terrific new majority owners, the Entrepreneur Owner-Managers (EOMs) moving gracefully into the next interesting and rewarding chapter of their lives, surrounded by friends, their positive legacy assured, their independence powered by the fortune just realized…while others’ outcomes look more like a train wreck? Is it merely luck, or is it more than that?

We think it’s more than luck. Nobody ever knows what goes on in the life of another EOM, but by listening to and learning from them, you very quickly realize that you are standing in front of a mirror, and that the EOM that you are listening to is giving you the framework and the language for the understanding you want to achieve.

October 21, 2020

A Brief Video on Bigelow’s Entrepreneur Character Strengths Study and the Entrepreneur Risk Tolerance Study

October 7, 2020

Seller Beware

September 23, 2020

Original Research: A Brief Note & Video on What Private Company Owners Care Most About in an M&A Transaction

August 17, 2020

Quarantine Learnings with Maxx Bricklin of BOLD Capital

August 10, 2020

Quarantine Learnings with Cam Brensinger of NEMO Equipment

July 27, 2020

Quarantine Learnings with Pete Hopkins of Planet Fitness Michigan Group

July 22, 2020

Quarantine Learnings with Jim Lampman of Lake Champlain Chocolates

July 15, 2020

Quarantine Learnings with Jennifer Borislow of Borislow Insurance

July 8, 2020

Quarantine Learnings with Joe Boghos of Joseph's Bakery

June 24, 2020

50 Years Of Giving Positive Energy To Entrepreneurs

May 20, 2020

In It Together: When Your Life Partner is Also Your Business Partner

September 9, 2020

For Entrepreneur Owner-Managers: Freedom From Retirement?

June 8, 2020

Hey, Is That…Popcorn Stuck In My Teeth? (How Negativity Bias Is Needlessly Destroying Our Lives)

May 6, 2020

As Entrepreneur Owner-Managers, How Do We Learn?

April 22, 2020

Thirty Years of Family Dinners (or are they Board Meetings)?

April 8, 2020

Learning to Find Time for Me?

March 25, 2020

Is Who We Are in a Crisis...Who We Are?

March 18, 2020

Digging Into a New Chapter

February 21, 2020

Faster, Faster, and…Even Faster. The Acceleration of Acceleration.

February 5, 2020

As a High Performing Entrepreneur, Do We Respond to Pull? Or Push?

January 22, 2020

Am I a Victim of Endowment Bias?

January 8, 2020

Entrepreneur Life Arc Video

December 19, 2019

Is My Business Annual or Perennial?

December 4, 2019

An "Off-the-Shelf" Entrepreneur Inspires Us to Rediscover The Power of Print

November 25, 2019

Thanks-Giving: Crisis, Realization of Impermanence, Blossoming Community... Whaaat?

November 20, 2019

What About "Brittle" Employees?

November 6, 2019

Listening in on an EOM Scramble

October 23, 2019

Continuing the Bigelow Forum Conversation with Harvard Professor, David Laibson

October 9, 2019

Terra Incognita

September 24, 2019

A Bold Young Entrepreneur Leading a Vision of the Future

September 5, 2019

As High-Performing Entrepreneur Owner-Managers, Should We Listen to Expert Advice?

August 22, 2019

A High Performing Entrepreneur Owner-Manager... or a Puzzle Maker?

August 8, 2019

Should We Entrepreneur Owner-Managers Trust Our Intuition?

July 25, 2019

What’s it like to be the CEO of a new start-up founded by Tony Robbins, Peter Diamandis, and Bob Hariri?

July 11, 2019

Entrepreneur Owner-Manager ROUND TRIP?!?

June 20, 2019

Mindset:Entrepreneur - Making Our Hearts Sing?

June 5, 2019

Appreciating Practical Wisdom

May 23, 2019

A Personal Logistics Business
With White Glove Service

May 2, 2019

Complexity is a Drag (Literally)

April 18, 2019

Why Does Diversification Within a Business Always Destroy
Enterprise Value?

April 4, 2019

Fighting with Our Self: Has Your CEO
Been on the Job Too Long?

March 21, 2019

How Do You Build an Enterprise to be Durable?

March 7, 2019

Looking in the Mirror:
What Are the Character Strengths
of Entrepreneur Owner-Managers?

February 21, 2019

An Accidental Entrepreneur?

February 7, 2019

Morning Routine: A Way of Being More Alive?

January 17, 2019

A Teenage Dream Coming True

January 3, 2019

December 20, 2018

A Cooperative Builder and Innovator with Heart

December 6, 2018

How Much of Our EOM Behavior is Fear of Loss?

November 15, 2018

Is There Life After A Capital Gain?

October 25, 2018

Would You Use a Navigational Chart of Nova Scotia to Navigate the Bahamas?

August 15, 2018

Skin in the Game = Scar Tissue: Do EOMs Care More?

June 12, 2018

What I'm Reading

April 26, 2017

Private Business Owners: Committed to sustained success? Raise. Your. Prices.

March 29, 2017

Is (Comfort Zone) x (Technology) = Less Human?

February 22, 2017

Technologies Converging: Never This Fast Before; But Will It Ever Be This Slow Again?

January 25, 2017

Work-Life Balance? Schmalance.

December 7, 2016

First Principles: The One Strategy Decision for Owner-Managers?

October 26, 2016

Why Are We Captivated With Grit?

September 30, 2016

The Final Pre-Extinction Clash of the Bureaucratic Dinosaurs?

September 8, 2016

Entrepreneur Owner-Manager GRIT Research Redux?

July 27, 2016

Dis-Entangling Intention from Approval-Seeking: Are You a Verb or Noun?

June 1, 2017

On The Long Game: Retire? From What, Skin in the Game?

August 2, 2017

A (Very) Personal Note: Learning to be Taught, or Learning to Learn?

May 29, 2018

High Performing EOMs - Episode 5

April 24, 2018

Are You Driven by the Past or Called to the Future?

March 27, 2018

High Performing EOMs - Episode 4

March 13, 2018

What I Am Reading (Or Re-reading)

February 27, 2018

Is the Fun in the Striving or the Arriving?

January 17, 2018

Why You Will Procrastinate Assuring the Sustainability of Your Enterprise

December 6, 2017

High Performing EOMs

November 1, 2017

Learning or Un-learning?

August 30, 2017

Artificial Intelligence? Great, Bring It On. Now Can We Focus on the Value of Emotion?

June 28, 2016

The End of Specialization?

May 25, 2016

What Is the Most Compelling Investment You Can Make in Your Positive Legacy?

April 19, 2016

The Changed Landscape for Meaningful Work: Are We All Entrepreneurs Now?

October 31, 2014

Who Are the Closest Companions on Your Entrepreneurial Adventure?

October 24, 2014

Will The Internet of Everything Advantage Owner-Managers?

October 17, 2014

What Is The Risk Tolerance Of Entrepreneur Owner-Managers?

October 10, 2014

You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet?

October 7, 2014

Will “What Got Us Here” Take Us “There?”

October 7, 2014

Do Entrepreneurs Have Unique Character Strengths?

October 7, 2014

What Am I Reading This Summer?

October 6, 2014

What Drives Demand?

November 12, 2014

Who Benefits From Industry Specialization (Really)?

December 3, 2014

Should You Take That Call From The Private Equity Group?

December 10, 2014

Do Your Expert Advisors Know Your World Has Fat Tails?

March 1, 2016

Busy, Right? But Are You More Powerful Than You Think You Are?

February 10, 2016

Technology Enabling Us to Be More Consciously Human? Really?

December 29, 2015

Skip the New Year's Resolutions: Ready to Try Something New?

December 15, 2015

Bondage or Bonded: A Family Business, or a Business Owned by Family?

November 23, 2015

Is Zest Vital to Authentic Bad Assery?

October 7, 2015

As Owner-Managers, How Do We Experience Life?

March 10, 2015

Failure...Or Building Good Judgment?

January 21, 2015

What is The Relationship Between Ants, Consilience, and Phi (If Any)?

December 23, 2014

Learning & Growing Happens Everywhere

October 9, 2013

Appreciating Practical Wisdom