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Chad Kreller, Partner, was interviewed and featured in the widely distributed Japanese HR magazine “Porters”. In the interview Chad discusses his career, philosophy and how The Agency is creating a new paradigm in the Japan recruitment space. Browse Article

The Movement

We’re thrilled to announce that our President & Chief Evangelist, Robin Doenicke, featured as the Asia Pacific region’s boss in the critically acclaimed business documentary, The Movement, released to a global audience on April 1, 2018. Full Movie Movie Trailer Sneak Peek Previous Next


Everyone says they’re the best. But don’t take our word for it. The Agency – our disruptive ‘blue ocean’ division that launched in late 2016 – won two trophies at the 2018 Recruitment International Awards, Asia:   ★ The Best Company To Work For ★★ The Best Newcomer – Rising Star ★   Then, in …

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The new KPI: Freedom

Culture is just a buzzword for many firms: this brilliant montage by superstar filmmaker Zach Cole shows how at Zensho Agency it actually binds us. Stay tuned for a three-part miniseries charting our adventure into the frozen tundra of Nagano with Wim Hof guru Johannes Egberts! Watch Film (2 min 30 sec) Zensho Agency exists …

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Case Study – First Foreign Partner at a Japanese Law Firm

Opportunity A new law coming into effect on April 1, 2005, would allow Japanese law firms to hire foreign lawyers as partners directly, without the need to establish a tokutei kyodo jigyo (joint enterprise office). This would enable them to more aggressively market their services to overseas companies looking to invest in Japan – traditionally …

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Case Study – Providing Value During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Opportunity Laurens had been successfully servicing an international brand in the footwear industry for many years when they engaged him in early 2020 to search for an APAC sales director who would lead the company’s expansion in the Asian market. He came close to a successful candidate introduction, but then the coronavirus hit and their …

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Values: A message to our awesome tribe

Years from now, you may not remember the particulars of deals you closed at Zensho (or what the returns were). You will remember your colleagues and how it felt to work with them. The imprint you left on the world.

We invited you to join our tribe because you impressed us as someone who shares values intrinsic to our culture. But just to ensure we’re totally on the same page, here they are, spelled out in black and white and trimmed in our corporate colors.

Freedom is Zensho’s central pillar. Beyond the mere state of being free, for us the word carries with it a sense of obligation: “Freedom to…” What follows should define you as a person. Of course, to provide your business community with amazing service, but also to engage and give back to the world. And that’s where Autonomy comes in. Unlike the general implications of self-rule, ours leads not to detachment but to a broad and radical sense of interconnectivity. One that enables each of us to commune with others in infinite ways. Together, these two values empower you like nothing else on earth, and they’re here waiting for you.

So, what do we ask in return?

Transparency means not only having open books, but being one yourself. No secrets or ulterior agendas. It is to share personal and industry information without seeking to leverage it for profit or motivate others in any way. Its cousin, Clarity, is about including precision and context in the communication process. At Zensho, we always try to anticipate the details a fellow partner might need and supply them up front.

Which leads us to…

Collaboration. That is, to cooperate meaningfully. Because only through recognizing individual strengths can we thrive as a whole. For us, collaboration requires presence as we listen and respond, evolving toward a collective goal represented by the name of our charity initiative: Ayni (reciprocity). This can’t exist without Collegiality. How we care for each other and the tribe as a whole, share both opportunity and responsibility with open hearts – that’s what empowers us to excel as a firm.

With these six in place, our seventh value happens all by itself.

Harmony. When your environment manifests balance between all people and things – even forces that oppose each other – life just flows. Living completely becomes a state of being. After all, that’s the very meaning of Zensho.