When groups of people meet, they talk and share and discuss. We have all been in meetings where the conversation becomes comfortable, when there’s trust in the room, an understanding. When we trust the people with us we will speak more freely. We even share our knowledge of what is ‘secret’ what makes our business just a little bit different, the subtle things that are hard to spot, yet impactful?
Many years ago meetings at the famous Chatham House become contained when politicians wanted to debate matters but knew that if they explored ideas that weren’t policy they risked the ire of their party and/or constituents. Yet, the discussions mattered and it was important to consider all aspects of the matter, and that sometimes meant voicing things that wouldn’t otherwise be aired. They found a solution, The ‘Chatham House Rule’
|When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.|
|Chatham House, Royal Institute of International Affairs|
Any group which meets regularly to discuss matters that cover personal issues, intellectual property, business design, and so on has to know that the information shared is protected. Fully. It’s one of the things that anyone considering membership of any group (where the purpose requires them to share sensitive information with others) which we recommend you check out and validate carefully.
in the xTEN Club the meetings are covered by a confidentiality requirement, none of the content can be discussed outside the room, at any time, without the permission of the originating member. We speak in confidence and trust. It’s part of what makes the meetings so valuable.