Those who know our President and Chief Evangelist Robin Doenicke well share an open secret: his understanding of the symbiosis between personal growth and commercial endeavor empowered him to chart his own business path. Most would call it “success,” but success for him isn’t an end state. It’s about emergence and expansion, and it’s measured by the impact you have on the lives of others.

In 2016, with thirteen years of success at the helm of Zensho, Robin began to sense a growing frustration within the recruitment community. The traditional way of engaging and rewarding recruiters was no longer relevant or appropriate in the postmodern digital age.

After extensive research and meditation on the problem, Robin was struck by lightning from an unlikely source: the US real estate industry. Top performers in the high-end New York City market were flocking to a new agent-centric breed of brokerage where they could have it all: a world-class brand, unrivaled platform, and maximum returns. Why couldn’t the same be done in recruitment?

Well, it can. It’s happening.

We are Zensho Agency, and ours is a story the market has been waiting to hear.

Timeline

Genesis

2003

Genesis

In June, martial arts dōjō friends Robin Doenicke and Steve Olsen found The Zensho Consulting Group, Y.K., a specialist recruitment agency focused on law firms and in-house corporate legal positions.

Beefing Up

2004

Beefing Up

We enjoy steady growth, introducing lawyers to some of the world’s largest and most reputable corporations, including Japan’s “Big Four” law firms.

Beyond Nippon

2010

Beyond Nippon

September 2010, we create a new business unit operating as a Kojin Jigyo (sole proprietorship) to explore the potential of doing business with global law firms outside of Japan.

Consolidation

2013

Consolidation

The unit has taken off, so in January we change the Kojin Jigyo into a Godo Kaisha (G.K.) — the equivalent of an LLC. Then, to stabilize the business, we merge the Y.K. and G.K. entities into Zensho Consulting Group, K.K.

Ahead of the Pack

2014

Ahead of the Pack

We are recognized as Japan’s “Legal Recruitment Company of the Year” at the inaugural Recruitment International Asia Awards.

Again…

2015

Again…

We received the same award.

…and again.

2016

…and again.

This is starting to become a habit.

The Agency Launch

2016

The Agency Launch

Later in the year, we change the official company name to Zensho Agency, K.K. to reflect the imminent launch of our blue ocean division, The Agency, while still paying homage to the one that started it all – Zensho. Top recruiters from across Tokyo, including Chad Kreller who would become The Agency’s Managing Director, start dropping by to find out if the rumors are true. The best never leave.

Another Z in Our Tree

2017

Another Z in Our Tree

We launch our internship division, Zentern. Under the expert leadership of Noa Aziz, it makes an instant splash in the market.

The Power of Four

2018

The Power of Four

Our rec2rec division Tribz is born, with Brad Corbet as Managing Director. With this, our executive search family is complete…for now.

The Movement

2018

The Movement

Feeling a strong resonance with our corporate “why,” acclaimed TV producer Chris LaVoie invites our President, Robin Doenicke, to the UK to star as the Asia Pacific boss in his internationally syndicated recruitment documentary, The Movement.

AYNI

2018

AYNI

Always grateful for our success, we launch Ayni — our commitment to sharing abundance with those less fortunate.

What happens in our next chapter?