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Gini, thanks for an excellent summary. I might summarize the summary as follows: leadership IS communication. I have a slightly different take on the intentionality part and the business about discussing issues only if there is a solution or only if someone has thought of a possible solution. My worry is that these criteria, especially in a corporate culture ready to snap back into hierarchical rigidity, can stifle discussion. Another word for intentional in the sense you are talking about is purposeful. Venting can be purposeful if it identifies a problem, promotes trust and candor, relieves tension, gets things out into the open, etc. Also, sometimes problems have to be explored before solutions begin to suggest themselves. Instead of requiring possible solutions right off the bat, maybe we should ask that people be prepared to explain what positive values or principles or goals the problem they are venting about affects and to explore with the team what solutions might look like or where thy might come from. This is not all that different from what you are saying, but for some members of the team it might be a little less intimidating.
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