If you'd like to explore joining HolacracyOne, here's the first thing you should know: We have no employees. None. Zero. We have a partnership-based structure, like a law firm or some consulting firms, except here everyone's a partner. That's not just a fancy title for employees, it is a legal reality - we get K-1 statements, not W-2's; we get the responsibilities and freedoms of being a legal partner running a firm, without the state-enforced rules and protections of employees.
Holacracy's distributed authority system is baked right into our bylaws - there are no CEO's or bosses, just you and your other partners, all filling various roles and participating in the firm's governance and operations. However, our partnership agreements give us a duty of stewardship to HolacracyOne's purpose, so we're not allowed to use the entity just to meet our own needs and desires. Like a village raising a child, each partner accepts a duty to help raise HolacracyOne to best express its gifts in the world and follow its own purpose in life.
Another thing you may want to know: this village is virtual. We have no physical offices, and our partners live all over the map. We typically gather once every other month for ten days of fairly intense face-to-face work time (usually near Philadelphia), and the rest of the time we're working in home offices and connecting via video conferencing and other electronic means.
Interested in exploring partnership in HolacracyOne further? If so, here's where to start:
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