Jezreel Maistry


Independent Agent


The art of losing forty kilograms in five days, how the first motorcycle ride of my life nearly ended in death on a bull’s horns, or what made friends give me the nickname “Decibels.”


Meet our cosmic optimist. If ever you wanted living proof that the power of positive thinking plus inspired action equals success, look no further than Maistry the Maestro from Johannesburg, South Africa. When his wife’s company offered her a position in Japan, Jez understood it as an invitation from the universe to explore and serve a culture he had long admired, to discover what one of his favorite authors Paulo Coelho calls your “personal legend” by helping others find theirs. If that sounds like a familiar philosophy, well, you can understand why we jumped at the chance to work with Jez. Fortunately, the feeling was mutual. “There really is no other organization like the Agency,” he says. “Strong leadership and consistency of purpose set us apart. Our environment buzzes with camaraderie and everyone pushes the bar.” A voracious reader, viewer and doer, Jez is a veritable font of literary and cultural trivia from Malcolm Gladwell to Marvel Comics, and he will just as quickly take you down at chess as take you hiking up a mountain. When not dazzling the recruitment world with his excellence, he can be found exploring Tokyo’s myriad foodie destinations or cheering on his beloved Manchester United Red Devils. Jez may be looking for his legend, but we know we’ve found one in him.

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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.