Andre Wayand


Independent Agent


Sibilant-ending Hungarian verbs, why Japan is the best despite Japanese being my weakest language, and how I got the nickname “the rocket scientist.”


This man is living proof that nice guys sometimes actually finish first. Perhaps it’s his perennial sweet tooth or love of sunshine that makes him so consistently at peace with the world, but whatever the case, Andre Wayand has a way with clients and candidates that keeps them coming back for his special brand of service. The fact that our Passau, Germany native speaks five languages is also pretty convincing evidence that he’s a natural-born communicator, one who understands people with a wisdom born of a truly international perspective. After studying English in Adelaide as a teenager, he transferred to a Tampa, Florida high school, graduated, and went on to Rollins College, spending his junior year in Paris. Don’t be surprised to learn that he then lived in Spain, where in 2011 he decided to make Japan next on his globetrotter itinerary. Indeed, Andre might happily wear a pith helmet to complete his “fearless adventurer” profile if only it was acceptable business meeting attire. What made him decide that The Agency was the right place to build his ultimate recruiter home? “The vision of the founder,” he says. “The positive energy of everyone I met at the firm. I’m really excited about the difference in atmosphere.” To which he, himself, contributes a ton. While Andre likes to read and tinker with computers in his free hours, he also skis and swims to stay fit. Some say he’s too nice to survive in the cutthroat world of recruitment. But then again, they’ve surely never seen what this nice guy can do when he’s swimming in our blue ocean.

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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.