Empowering the World’s Change Makers; Why I Joined Zeren.
By Dan Briselden, a Director in Zeren’s London office.
Like many people in this past year during the depths of lockdown, between watching my 10th series on Netflix and avoiding any home-schooling duties, I found myself examining what is important to me, both vocationally and existentially, and whether it might be time to dust-off the CV.
A lot of peers in my network had recently set up their own businesses, and whilst being my own boss, running a business from the comfort of my lovely home office (thanks to my wife’s DIY efforts) and employing my daughter as a full time “Head of Research” in exchange for fidget spinners sounded appealing, somehow, I felt that this wasn’t the right move for me, and I had the hankering to be part of something much bigger…
I’ve always worked with clients across a diverse range of sectors, and one of the trends I have noticed, is that whenever I have been mandated on a search in the start-up or scale-up world, it will really capture the attention of my network. I found that these roles intrigued and inspired individuals who were perhaps happy yet comfortable in their roles at more established companies, and that they became quite excitable at the thought of coming in as employee number 38 rather than 38,000, and being part of a significant period of growth and change.
As I further examined why this had such a profound effect on me, it hit me; I could really relate and buy-into the brands, their ethical and sustainable journeys, the dynamic culture they were building, and the purpose-driven mission statement that whipped people into a state of excitement at the idea of contributing to the growth of something new and special.
In summary, I was indirectly inspired by my clients; I wanted to focus my efforts on working with businesses for whom I could understand their “why” very quickly, and be equally enthused about telling my candidates about the opportunity and what it could do for their careers.
It was quite a coincidence that during this time, I was approached about a role with a fiercely ambitious Executive Search and Recruitment business with a very clear mission statement that really captured my attention.
At the end of any project, the thing I always find most rewarding is knowing the part I have played in these momentous changes a business undertakes, that are also, oftentimes, pivotal changes in a candidate’s life, helping them further their career development and reach personal goals.
It has been suggested that “Zeren” means “insightful, understanding and smart”; in much the same way, the business’s approach and strategy was projected very clearly, and their desire to really challenge the search market really excited me.
I recall meeting Chris Preston to discuss the business further, and was very impressed by his career accolades, leadership style and his enthusiasm for the high-growth technology market. I was equally impressed by how well entrenched in the Venture, Growth and Private Equity space Zeren were, and how they had essentially triangulated themselves perfectly between Investor relationships, historical Renovata relationships and an enviable network of C-level brand allies.
The entrepreneurial spirit of the business is palpable, and the calibre of individual is super-high; on my first meeting with the team, I was immediately impressed with their experience and approach to the market. It became very clear that Zeren are serious players in the start-up and scale-up space, and are rapidly creating a name as the ‘go-to-partner’ across all verticals.
I am very much looking forward to fully embracing this mission, and continuing to move Zeren forward in their pursuit of excellence, whilst working with some of the most exciting businesses across Europe that are looking to achieve amazing things, alongside building world class companies.