Mitigated Speech

No, I imagine it is more often than not the helmsman to the mate (in your example) that they may be heading into harms way.

Mitigated speech has its place in civil society. The question is when one needs to become more forceful to avoid a situation from getting out of hand from indecision. At the same time a certain amount of tack or discretion is often required when a subordinate is attempting to make a supervisor open to a differing opinion or unfolding situation.

If a persons defenses are up they are often not usually open to ideas or suggestions.

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