Partnering with private equity can be a daunting prospect for some entrepreneurs: both the stakes and the pressure to perform often increase. Having worked with dozens of entrepreneurs over the past 23 years, we understand the effect this can have on entrepreneurs and their management teams. That is why we pay close attention in the first years of our partnership to the way that management teams work together, both within their teams and with our investment team.
The key lies in combining our hearts with our heads. It sounds simple, but we live in a professional environment that is predominantly driven by rationale. Yet, we are people with feelings, desires and shortcomings that cannot always be willed into order.
At Egeria, we also understand the pressures that modern-day working life presents to people. We aim to help entrepreneurs and management teams to become effective, efficient and balanced, both in their work as a team and in their individual professional lives.
One of the benefits of being part of Egeria is that management teams get access to a database of knowledge and experience through regular contact with other entrepreneurs and management teams. Many of the challenges that companies face, have been faced before, so there is tremendous learning potential by making use of the Egeria network of entrepreneurs, managers and non-executives. Examples include an annual two-day event in Mallorca with all management teams and non-executive board members focused on personal connection, sharing challenges and having fun, or themed knowledge sharing events focused on ESG, Operational Excellence and Commercial Effectiveness. But also during the course of regular business there can be a need for coaching one-on-one. Our in-house Human Capital Director, Kasper Pruijsen, provides hands-on support to management teams in dealing with all sorts of human capital management issues.