We don’t like bringing up a topic that would never be an issue for 99.9999% of those who are part of the Core Compass target peer group. But on rare occasions, a very small minority of participants might get the wrong impression given the free-for-all norms of the Internet environment at large. So it’s important to reiterate that maintaining a collegial environment at Core Compass is an important core tenant on which we will not yield.
Those who become Members of Core Compass agree to honor a code of mutual respect and confidentiality
Clearly, participants have a wide spectrum of varied opinions on the issues that we cover in Core Compass. Those different perspectives and viewpoints make the content that we share particularly valuable to all of us. However, we explicitly expect the same rational measure of civility in discussions that we all afford each other in physical business meeting settings with our peers.
If you prefer a free-for-all tone where you can express your views in a chaotic mélange rather than maintain polite exchanges, then Core Compass is not a good resource for you.
Please Do Express Different Opinions – But Please Don’t Evolve Into Personal Attacks
We see a big difference between putting forward different opinions rather than aggressively attacking ideas that have been expressed - and impugning the integrity of individual authors in the process. We actively solicit different points of view – but personal attacks are never an acceptable practice. We all want balanced discussions, not boorish conduct intended to hijack or stifle the debate.
Off the Wall Concepts as a Catalyst for Innovative Ideas
In our past careers, many of us have led many innovation workshops where we’ve gathered an eclectic mix of participants in a room and worked to tease out new ideas. Part of this process is to gather different concepts and temporarily suspend judgment rather than allowing participants to attack the viability of any thoughts as soon as they are proposed.
What you find is that even though some of these concepts may indeed seem a bit off the wall to traditional perspectives, by allowing them to sit and percolate, they frequently inspire breakthrough thinking. Participants build on ideas that seem irrational and without merit on first consideration, but which often end up inspiring creative leaps to follow on thoughts and new concepts that are indeed viable.
Thus, beyond our call for a collegial environment, we suggest that by gathering many different viewpoints without undue community censorship, Members will indeed find a rich basis for inspiration and innovation.