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I take issue with your last point - "It's safe here".
In this age of internet nowhere is safe. Everything you write on a public forum can, and most likely, will come back and bite you. Not only that, it will be taken out of context and possibly modified to suite someone's objective to embarrass and/or weaken you.
All I'm saying is recognize the risks but don't necessarily avoid them. Say what needs to be said but say it in a professional, respectful way. That goes for any 'uncomfortable conversation' that you reference in your question.
This question is near and dear to my heart as courage to speak up only comes when we are in a psychologically safe team environment, and the responsibility for building that falls on us as leaders but also on all of our team members and key stakeholders too.
Thanks for your comment. I agree it is everyone’s responsibility for building that safe environment, but how do you as a leader get that started and sustainable ? Please tell us more.
Glad seeing you bring courage into this.
Your point is well taken regarding the potential dangers and pitfalls of writing on public internet forums
I agree with Kiron.
There is a counterpoint. Some may use the opportunity to speak openly to express opinions and make comment on everything ending up dominating the discussion. Others will then just checkout.
The leader not only has to encourage open discussion but has to steer the discussion in a constructive direction. You also have to know when to take it private.
I agree with T. Clark's four stages but there is opportunity for abuse at stage 4; "Challenge the Status Quo", if not managed
John, thank you for raising this question. We all know (well, at least most of us :)) how important is to discuss ethics with our teams. In order to make this discussion natural and based on concrete aspects of the team, I would suggest using the Project Team Ethics Assessment, offered by PMI: https://www.pmi.org/-/media/pmi/documents/...14-4a8dc58758fe
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